Bisla, Barun frustrate Delhi's late charge

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Dharamsala, Dec 4 (UNI) Maninder Bisla and Barun Sharma frustrated Delhi's late charge for outright victory as they dug in for 18.1 overs to help Himachal Pradesh force a draw and earn three points by virtue of their first innings lead in the group 'A' Ranji Trophy super league match here today.

Himachal Pradesh had scored 343 runs in their first innings and then bundled out Delhi for paltry 75 runs. Forced to follow on Delhi made 482 for 6 before declaring their innings. Himachal were 83 for 5 in 35 overs when the match ended.

Riding on Aakash Chopra's double-century (215), Delhi declared their second innings at 482 for six, setting a victory target of 215 runs for the hosts in 35 overs.

The visitors at one stage looked like bundling out the hosts cheaply as Ishant Sharma had them reeling at 34 for 5 in 16.5 overs but all their hopes were dashed by some stubborn batting by Bisla and Sharma.

Overnight at 146, Chopra, reached his double-century with a six off Sarandeep Singh. and Delhi declared immediately after Chopra got out. His knock included two six and 21 fours.

The match took dramatic turn when Delhi pacer Ishant Sharma ripped through Himachal's the top order claiming four wickets in his five over spell giving away 44 runs.

But Bisla (24) and Barun(21) defied Delhi bowlers and remained unbeaten with 49 run sixth wicket partnership to deny visitors the further success.

Scoreboard: Himachal Pradesh (Ist innings) 343 all out Delhi (1st innings) 75 all out Delhi (2nd innings) following on G Gambhir c Bisla b Thakur 103 V Sehwag c Bisla b Thakur 32 A Chopra c Mannu b Sarandeep Singh 215 S Dhawan b Thakur 13 M Manhas c Sharma b Malik 24 R Bhatia st Bisla b Bhatia 39 P Bisht not out 17 Extras (lb 7, w 4, nb 16) 39 Total 482 for 6 wickets declared Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-283, 3-310, 4-367, 5-442, 6-482.

Bowling: AK Thakur 17 2 72 3; VS Malik 30 8 84 1; V Bhatia 39 4 140 1; Barun Sharma 3 0 13 0; Sarandeep Singh 44.2 4 131 1; P Dogra 10 2 17 0; Sandeep Sharma 2 0 6 0.

Himachal Pradesh 2nd innings: M Gupta lbw b Nanda 6 Sandeep Sharma lbw b Sharma 0 Mukesh Sharma c sub b Sharma 0 A Mannu lbw b Sharma 11 P Dogra lbw b Sharma 0 MS Bisla not out 24 Barun Sharma not out 21 Extras (b4, nb 17) 21 Total 83 for 5 wickets Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-9, 3-21, 4-22, 5-34.

Bowling: I Sharma 15 3 44 4; P Awana 4 2 8 0; C Nanda 11 5 14 1; A Bhandari 2 0 12 0; V Sehwag 2 1 1 0; A Chopra 1 1 0 0.

UNI

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