Indore: Unmukt Chand’s stroke-filled century guided Delhi to the final of the NKP Salve Challenger series with a thumping 112-run win over India Red in the last round robin league match, here, on Saturday.
The Virat Kohli-led side will meet Yuvraj Singh’s India Blue in the final.
Unmukt’s 119 and Kohli’s 63 helped Delhi pile up a huge total of 342 for six in 50 overs after being put into bat. Milind Kumar with a 52-ball-57 and Rajat Bhatia with an unbeaten 19-ball-40 also beefed up the score in the end.
In reply, India Red were all out for 230 in 40.1 overs with Gurkeerat Singh top scoring with 83.
Delhi seamer Ashish Nehra (4/38) provided some early breakthroughs, while left-arm spinner Varun Sood (5/84) took vital wickets in the middle-order.
The day belonged 20-year-old Unmukt who faced 131 balls hitting 12 boundaries and three sixes. Virender Sehwag (8) failed while Gautam Gambhir (20) continued his woeful form in County circuit.
However, Kohli was fluent as he hit 63 off 55 balls with five fours and two sixes – one each off spinners Yusuf Pathan and Shahbaz Nadeem.
At the other end, Unmukt launched into India pacer Umesh Yadav (9-0-85-1), who had a horrible day in office, spraying the ball all over the place. Unmukt played some flowing cover drives but was also not afraid to play the lofted stroke. He lifted Abhimanyu Mithun for a couple of sixes – one over mid-wicket while the other was straight over the bowler’s head.