Gambhir steers Delhi to victory against Baroda to enter final

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Indore, Jan 8 (UNI) India's Twenty20 World Cup star Gautam Gambhir scored a stupendous century to guide Delhi to a thumping win over Baroda on the fourth day of the Ranji Trophy semi-final match here today.

Delhi, set a target of 271 to win, scored the required runs in 79.4 overs for the loss of three wickets with still a day left in the match.

In the morning, Pathan continued from where he left the previous evening and added 27 more runs before he was dismissed by Amit Bhandari on 113.

Resuming from their overnight score of 281 for the loss of six wickets, Baroda added 61 runs more and saw Yousuf Pathan go past his century in just 81 balls.

Gambhir captaining the side in the absence of Virender Sehwag played with authority as he scored a flamboyant 132 that was studded with 23 hits to the fence.

He was well supported by opener Shikhar Dhawan and Aditya Jain who scored 48 and 39 respectively. While Dhawan was run-out by Solanki in a confusion with Gambhir, Jain played a second fiddle to Gambhir and remained unbeaten.

Gambhir's high class exhibition of batting made Baroda bowling look brittle and spineless. Baroda struggled for wickets throughout the Delhi innings as the first wicket stand made Delhi's intentions clear. Gambhir and Dhawan added 136 runs for the first wicket.

Scoreboard: Baroda 1st innings: 199 all out Delhi 1st innings: 271 all out Baroda 2nd innings: S Parab b Awana 11 C Williams c Bisht b Awana 0 A Bilakhia b Bhatia 17 R Solanki LBW b Bhatia 96 S Gaekwad c&b Awana 46 P Shah b Nanda 15 Y Pathan c Jain b Bhandari 113 R Pawar run out 11 S Vohra not out 24 Sumit Singh LBW b Bhatia 0 S Veragi c&b Nanda 1 Extras: (B 6 LB 1 NB 1) 8 Total: (In 98.2 overs) 342 all out Fall of wickets: 1/11, 2/12, 3/56, 4/135, 5/160, 6/278, 7/303, 8/325, 9/326 Bowling: A Bhandari 19-6-56-1 S Narwal 25-7-78-0 P Awana 16-0-74-3 R Bhatia 11-1-42-3 C Nanda 18.2-4-53-2 M Manhas 7-0-13-0 Aditya Jain 2-0-19-0 Delhi 2nd innings: Target 271 S Dhawan run out 48 G Gambhir c Williams b Pathan 132 Aditya Jain not out 39 M Manhas c Williams b Veragi 36 R Bhatia not out 6 Extras (lb 8, nb 3) 11 Total ( in 79.4 overs) 272 for 3 Fall of wickets:1-136, 2-211, 3-266 Bowling Sumit Singh: 16 1 59 0 S Veragi 11.4 2 43 1 S Vohra 16 5 34 0 Y Pathan 25 3 83 1 R Pawar 11 3 45 0 UNI XC RAR RN1921

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