Gambhir, Chopra ensure draw for Delhi

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Mumbai, Nov 26 (UNI) India one-day player Gautam Gambhir struck a brilliant unbeaten century, and his 188-run opening partnership with Akash Chopra, ensured a draw for Delhi against Mumbai in the four-day Ranji Trophy Elite Division group 'A' match that concluded at the Wankhede stadium here today.

Delhi got three points from this match for taking the first innings lead, while Mumbai had to be satisfied with just one point.

Delhi now have 11 points from three matches, while Mumbai are on 9 from the same amount of matches.

Gambhir was batting on 137, which came in a stay of 278 balls and was inclusive of 13 boundaries and a six, and Mithun Manhas was on 16 when play was called off with the consent of both the captains with 14 overs remaining of the match. Delhi were 252 for three when the match was called off.

Delhi, who had set a stiff target of 387 for victory in a minimum of 110 overs, resumed at 59 for no loss after 20 overs.

Both Gautam Gambhir and Aakash Chopra played sensible cricket not giving the Mumbai bowlers a semblance of the chance on the fourth day's wicket with Muzumdar shifting his bowlers around using as many as seven bowlers but to no effect.

After the two put on 188 runs in 67.1 overs for the opening wicket, Avishkar Salvi got the breakthrough trapping Aakash Chopra in front of the wicket for 81 which came after facing 218 balls and was inclusive of 11 boundaries and one six.

With the next ball, Salvi got rid of India discard Virender Sehwag trapping him in front with a sharp inswinger for zero to raise the hopes of Mumbai as Delhi slumped to 188 for two.

Abhisekh Nayar in the next over got the wicket of Virat Kohli trapping him in front, also for zero, as Mumbai raised their hopes further reducing Delhi to 189 for three.

However, Gautam Gambhir stayed firm and along with Mithun Manhas saw that there were no further scares for Delhi as the match petered out into a draw.

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