New Delhi: Veteran Gautam Gambhir continued his dream run within the Vijay Hazare Trophy with a career-best 151 off 104 balls as Delhi made brief work of Kerala, successful the Group B encounter by a whopping 165-run margin on Friday.Within the twilight of his profession and two weeks shy of his 37th birthday, Gambhir smashed his 21st Checklist 100 that had 18 fours and 4 large sixes.
Gambhir has now scored 298 runs in 4 video games with a century and a half century.
With Unmukt Chand (69 off 88 balls) and Dhruv Shorey (99 no off 69 balls) additionally making good-looking contributions, Delhi scored a mammoth 392/Three after which restricted Kerala to 227 for Eight in 50 overs.
Left-arm spinner Pawan Negi (3/41) was essentially the most profitable bowler for Delhi whereas Navdeep Saini and Nitish Rana additionally picked up a few wickets.
Nonetheless the day belonged to Gambhir, who took the depleted Kerala assault to cleaners. With out their premier quick bowler Basil Thampi and seasoned all-rounder Jalaj Saxena (each on nationwide obligation), the assault did not have the tooth to hassle Delhi.
Whereas out-of-form Chand performed cautiously, Gambhir was fluent on either side of the wicket as he peppered the off-side discipline with monotonic regularity.
When the ball was pitched brief, he was in a fast place to drag the deliveries because the opening pair added 172 runs. Gambhir accomplished his hundred off 74 balls.
As soon as Chand was gone, Kerala suffered much more as Shorey and Gambhir added 123 runs in simply over 14 overs.
As soon as Gambhir retired having accomplished his 150, Shorey upped the ante hitting as many seven sixes and 4 boundaries.
Together with rookie Pranshu Vijayaran (48 no, 34 balls), Shorey added 92 runs within the final 9 overs.
The chase was out of query for Kerala with solely the pair of Sanju Samson (47) and Sachin Child (47) including 89 runs for the third wicket.
Delhi 392/3 (Gautam Gambhir retd out 151 off 104 balls, Dhruv Shorey 99 no off 69 balls, Unmukt Chand 69)
Kerala 227/8 (Sanju Samson 47, sachin Child 47, Pawan Negi 3/41). Delhi received by 165 runs.
Madhya Pradesh 277 in 49.Three overs (Yash Dubey 75, Deepak Behera 3/38)
Odisha 276/Eight in 50 overs (Anurag Sarangi 78, Bipab Samantray 53). MP received by 1 run
First Printed: September 29, 2018, 2:40 PM IST