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Dhawan 82* steers Delhi to breezy win

Shikhar Dhawan pulls en route to his brisk 78 Getty Images

Shikhar Dhawan struck an unbeaten 47-ball 82 to power Delhi to a six-wicket win against Services in Dharamsala. Dhawan hit 11 fours and three sixes as Delhi swept past their target of 132 with 39 balls remaining. Delhi were in a bit of trouble at 43 for 3 before Dhawan and Nitish Rana (22 off 16) calmed them with a fourth-wicket partnership of 74.

Having sent Services in, Delhi were firmly in control through most of Services' innings, striking regularly and reducing them to 96 for 7 in the 17th over. Amit Pachhara, though, ensured Services wouldn't give in without a fight, scoring an unbeaten 56 off 46 balls, and adding an unbroken 35 for the eighth wicket with Rahul Kanojia. Vikas Tokas (3 for 23) and Manan Sharma (3-0-8-2) were Delhi's most impressive bowlers.

Manan Vohra's 60 and a 16-ball 34 from Gurkeerat Singh set the foundation of Punjab's 23-run win over Himachal Pradesh, leading the team to a score of 162 for 7. Punjab's bowlers, led by Harbhajan Singh (2-25) and seamer Baltej Singh (3-33), then pinned Himachal to 139 for 9, with five wickets falling in the last five overs. Vohra's 50-run partnership with Anmolpreet Singh helped Punjab recover from a poor start before Gurkeerat added quick runs at the end, hitting four fours and two sixes. Harbhajan then struck in successive overs to dismiss Himachal's openers after a good start, after which the side stumbled from 114 for 2 in the 15th over to 130 for 9 in the 19th over. Ankush Bains was the top-scorer for Himachal with a 32-ball 57.

A manic penultimate over, in which Haryana lost four wickets, saw them fall four runs short of Jammu & Kashmir's total of 156 in Nadaun. Needing 24 off the last two overs with six wickets in hand, Haryana's chase began to go awry with the run-out of the well-set Rajat Paliwal. Then, Haryana lost wickets off three consecutive deliveries -Harshal Patel was run-out without facing a ball after which Ram Dayal dismissed Rahul Tewatia and Sanjay Pahal. In the final over, Haryana could only hit 14 runs out of the required 18, with Virender Dahiya hitting a six during his three-ball stay. Earlier, Shubham Khajuria's 68 (57 balls) lifted J&K to 156 for 3 after they opted to bat. He was well-supported by Ian Dev Singh (27) and Mithun Manhas (31 not out).

Delhi 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st18G GambhirS Dhawan
2nd12S DhawanP Negi
3rd13S DhawanUBT Chand
4th74S DhawanN Rana
5th17S DhawanMilind Kumar