Una: A lot has been said about Himachal’s phenomenal rise in the national cricketing arena, but not many have actually believed in it doubting the rare brilliance shown by the team. The usual skeptics may again have missed the Ranji Trophy North Zone match between Himachal and Delhi played here, but the 100-odd spectators who were lucky enough to witness it should now be ready to swear that the hill boys are a force reckon with. As Himachal humbled the mighty Delhi in a closely fought match, the boys once again made a bold statement that they are ready to get into the blue robes.
Opting to bat first, Delhi compiled 281 for five, with Aakash Chopra completing a ton and Rajat Bhatia contributing 77. Vikrant Mallik claimed two wickets for Himachal.
Sangram Singh gave Himachal a great start hitting the Delhi bowlers all over in the initial overs itself. After the fall of their first wicket, Vikramjit Malik gave Sangram good company till Sangwan was sent back on 57. Vinit Indulkar’s fall left Himachal at 135 for 4, allowing Delhi to tighten their grip. But stand-in skipper Paras Dogra controlled the situation for quite some time when he fell for 44. This was followed by Ajay Mannu unbeaten 70 runs that took his team to victory in the last over.
Delhi: 281/5 in 50 overs (Akash Chopra 100, Rajat Bhatia 77 not out, Vikrant Mallik 56/2).
Himachal Pradesh: 282/8 in 49.2 overs (Ajay Mani 70 not out, Sangram Singh 57, Pradeep Sangwan 51/3).