Kukreja hits double ton as Mumbai-Delhi match ends in draw

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New Delhi, Nov 19 (UNI) Sahil Kukreja (229 not out) slammed a double century as the four-day Ranji Trophy super league match between defending champions Delhi and Mumbai petered out to a tame draw here today.

Mumbai collected three points from the encounter by virtue of their first innings lead of 35 runs while the hosts managed to add a single point to their kitty.

Mumbai are now at the top of the Group 'A' points table with 14 points from three matches with two wins and a draw. Delhi are third from bottom in the eight team group with five points.

They have failed to register a victory so far this season, drawing all the three matches they have played so far.

The visitors resumed at their overnight score of 149 for no loss with openers Kukreja and Wasim Jaffer on 77 and 71 respectively.

They started the day on a bright note, scoring at a rapid pace.

However, Jaffer, who was in fine nick, was unlucky to miss his century being claimed by S Narwal when he was on 98.

Jaffer hit 14 boundaries during his 133 ball stay at the crease.

A Rahane joined Kukreja in the middle and the duo put up a 178-run partnership to take the total witin touching distance of the 350 run mark.

Rahane accumulated runs at a rapid rate, scoring 78 runs off just 94 balls with nine hits to the fence and a six. He was sent back by Narwal when substitute G Chabra pulled off a brilliant catch.

Mumbai then lost a couple of quick wickets in the form of Amol Muzumdar (2) and H Shah as the Delhi bowlers piled on the pressure.

However, wicketkeeper V Samant (53 not out) managed to keep the Delhi bowlers at bay as the match petered out to a tame draw.

Delhi will now take on Gujarat in their next match from November 23-26 while Mumbai will play Saurashtra over the same peroid.


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