Ghaziabad: Virender Sehwag’s dazzling knock of 107 went in vain as Uttar Pradesh inflicted a six-wicket defeat on Delhi in the Ranji Trophy Group B tie here on Monday. Chasing a target of 155 in 50 overs after Delhi were all out for 322 in their second innings, UP reached home in 39.2 overs with Mukul Dagar and skipper Suresh Raina setting the platform, scoring 37 runs apiece.
After the dismissal of both batsmen, it was left to Arish Alam (15 not out) and Ali Murtaza (14 not out) to see the hosts through. The outright win fetched UP six points. Raina promoted himself to No. 4 after Mohammed Kaif couldn’t come in to bat due to finger injury. He batted fluently with five hits to the fence during his 46-ball stay.
Earlier, Delhi looked like they would force a draw till the time Sehwag was at the crease. The dasher, who came in to bat at No. 6 because of a sore finger, played some scintillating shots. Resuming at 21, Sehwag reached the three-figure mark in 146 balls with the help of 18 boundaries.
Sehwag unleashed some truly breathtaking shots, smashing as many as seven boundaries in the morning itself to bring up his 50.
Making matters worse for the home team, Raina dropped Sehwag at second slip with the latter batting on 70, off the bowling off Imtiaz Ahmed. Sehwag certainly knew that he was the only hope for Delhi.
Unfortunately, his vigil couldn’t help the visitors cross the danger mark. He was the ninth man out on 314, holing out to Praveen Kumar at mid-on in an attempt to launch Imtiaz over the top.
Delhi 235 & 322 (V. Sehwag 107, M. Manhas 65; B. Kumar 4/94, I. Ahmed 4/112). Uttar Pradesh 403 & 158/4 (S. Raina 37). Uttar Pradesh won by 6 wickets.