Delhi thrash Services by 10 wickets to move into knock out stage

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New Delhi, Mar 5 (UNI) Delhi openers blasted a 208-run stand as the hosts thrashed Services by 10 wickets in the Ranji One-Day (North Zone) match played at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium here today to enter the knock out stage of the tournament.

Shikhar Dhawan smashed an unbeaten 100 runs of just 70 deliveries which was punctuated by 13 hits to the fence and three well-timed sixes.

Meanwhile, Akash Chopra completed his third century of the tournament to score a 93-ball 101.

In the morning, after Services' captain Yashpal Singh won the toss and elected to bat, Delhi bowled a tight line to restrict the visitors to 204 as Amit Bhandari claimed two wickets for 45 runs in his alloted 10 overs.

The visitors were off to a slow start as they scored 81 runs for the loss of four wickets in 22.1 overs and were looking down the barrel.

But a 100-run fifth wicket stand between Yashpal Singh and Soumik Chatterjee brought some hope to Services as they managed to negotiate the Delhi bowlers without losing many wickets.

Yashpal Singh scored 71 runs off 97 balls while Chatterjee, too, played patiently as he batted for 103 minutes to score 58 balls.

For Delhi, NS Negi, Parvinder Awana and Manan Sharma claimed a wicket each to post a somewhat easy target for the home side's star studded batting line up.

With with this win, Delhi claimed a bonus point and has moved to the knockout stage with Himachal Pradesh from North Zone of the Ranji One-Day.

Scoreboard: Services innings: Jasvir Singh run out 10 Tahir Khan b Awana 08 Devender Israni caught Shikhar Dhawan b Amit Bhandari 23 Penta Rao st Bisht b Manan 15 Yashpal Singh c Bisht b Amit Bhandari 71 Soumik Chatterjee b HS Negi 58 Abhishek Sinha not out 09 Extras (LB 6, Wides 4) 10 Total 204 for 6 Fall of wickets: 1/18, 2/44, 3/51, 4/81, 5/181, 6/204 Bowling: Amit Bhandari 10-0-45-2, NS Negi 10-0-41-1, Parvinder Awana 10-1-40-1, Chetanya Nanda 10-0-33-0, Manan Sharma 10-1-39-1 Delhi innings: Akash Chopra not out 101 Shikhar Dhawan not out 100 Extras: (LB 4 W 3) 7 Total: (in 27.1 overs) 208 for no loss Bowling: Pankaj Kumar 8-0-47-0, Rakesh Kumar 7-0-50-0 Arnav Kush 5-0-45-0, Abhishek Sakuja 6-0-48-0 Abhishek Sinha 1.1-0-14-0 UNI RAR AB AS2035

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