Delhi dominated Himachal Pradesh for the second successive day in
their Ranji Trophy North Zone clash at the Harbax Singh Stadium in the
capital. Opener Akash Chopra completed a well-deserved double century
before the hosts declared on 417/8 and Ashish Nehra then got onto the
scorebook four times as Himachal Pradesh slumped to 106/4 by stumps.
Delhi resumed at 287/3 and Chopra reached his 150 with the first ball
he faced. Featuring in two fifty partnerships during the day, with
Pankaj Joshi and Sandeep Angurala, Chopra's marathon 8 hour and 20
minute vigil finally came to an end just after Delhi posted the 400.
27 fours and two sixes rained from his bat during a 380 ball innings
that fetched 222 runs.
The declaration came shortly afterwards, leaving Himachal 54 overs to
play out the day. With his fourth ball, leftarmer Nehra despatched
opener Nischal Gaur but wicket keeper Arun Verma and skipper Rajiv
Nayyar then frustrated Delhi with a 60 run stand. Two more strikes by
Nehra besides a catch off fellow left arm seamer Amit Suman reduced
Himachal to 89/4. Nayyar (36), who was still sticking to the crease
like a limpet in the company of Richie Kapoor, holds the key to
Himachal's fortunes on Monday.