Rohtak: Delhi recorded a thrilling two-run victory over Haryana in the North Zone leg of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 here on Thursday. After being bowled out for a below-par 110 in their alloted 20 overs, Delhi pulled out victory from the jaws of defeat as they restricted Haryana to 108 for 8 in 20 overs.
This was after Haryana were cruising along at 74 for 1 in 13 overs before pacer Parvinder Awana (3 for 11) applied brakes on the hosts' scoring.
Opting to bat, Delhi, sans an ailing Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, found the going tough from the word go and lost wickets at regular intervals, which put paid to their hopes of posting a decent total on the board. Barring Varun Sood (28), Milind Kumar (27), Manan Sharma (11) and Pawan Negi, no other Delhi batsmen managed double didgit scores.
For Haryana, skipper Amit Mishra and his spin partner Ajit Chandila picked up two wickets apiece. In contrast, Haryana started their innings on a steady note, reaching 74 for the loss of two wickets before their chase feel by the wayside.
Delhi coach Sanjeev Sharma, who got his first assignment with the senior team was ecstatic. "I am happy that boys put up a brilliant performance even when it looked as if we are going to surrender meekly. This win will give us a lot of confidence as we go into the knock-out rounds."
In another match, A 109-run second-wicket stand between Ambati Rayudu (47) and Aditya Waghmode (66 not out) guided Baroda to a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Saurashtra in a West Zone leg match.
The win, Baroda's second in three matches, helped the defending champions pocket four points and are now level with Saurashtra at eight points. Both the teams have a game in hand. Chasing a modest 134 for victory, Baroda lost Kedar Devdhar off the first ball of the innings when he caught by wicket-keeper Sheldon Jackson off left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat.
Rayudu, who hit four boundaries and a six in his 37-ball knock, along with Waghmode stabilised the innings before the former was caught by Jackson off the bowling of Unadkat.
Irfan Pathan (12), who came in next, too departed early but Waghmode hit eight boundaries and two sixes in his unbeaten 66-run knock and along with Jyot Chhaya (1 not out) took Baroda home without losing any more wickets.
For Saurashtra, Unadkat took two wickets conceding 22 runs and Siddharth Trivedi chipped in with a wicket for 26 runs. Earlier, put into bat first, Saurashtra got off to a good start but failed to capitalise on it and were restricted to 133 for eight in 20 overs.
Bhushan Chauhan and captain Jaydev Shah put on 74 runs for the opening wicket. Shah was caught and bowled by leg-spinner Hardik Pandya for 45-ball 49, which included five hits to the fence and two over it.