Rahul Tewatia (31 no, 16b, 3×4, 2×6), one of the stars of the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League, and Rohit Sharma (48 no, 21b, 2×4, 3×6), namesake of the Indian opener , combined with willow to help Haryana maintain her winning streak in Group E of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Building on the duo’s unbroken 78-innings partnership for the sixth wicket in just 34 balls, Haryana made a meat of a 183-set goal set by Delhi at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday night.
The five-wicket victory, with 10 balls in hand, for Haryana meant that Mohit Sharma’s men got a foothold in the quarter-finals. Delhi, led by Shikhar Dhawan, will have to return home after the final group matches on Tuesday.
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When offie Lalit Yadav struck three times with nine balls in the middle of the passes, leaving Haryana in shock at 105 for five, Delhi would have hoped to keep his campaign alive. However, Sharma and Tewatia played smart cricket to keep the game going until the end.
With 26 required over three overs, the duo decided not to wait until the very end. The duo targeted the rhythm of Pradeep Sangwan’s left arm, scoring three sixes with pulls. The first – by left-hander Tewatia – was misjudged by Yadav who had an outside chance to pull off a difficult catch. Rohit then resumed and practically sealed the game with a successive six behind the wicket of the last two balls from above.
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The duo’s pyrotechnics meant that Nitish Rana’s sensational blow (66, 34g, 11×4, 2×6) in the opening innings was in vain. Not only did Rana resurrect Delhi with Captain Dhawan cleaned up by his counterpart Mohit in the first round, but Rana sewed a 103-point partnership with opener Hiten Dalal (49, 41b, 3×4, 3×6) to lay the groundwork for the big- hitters.
Anuj Rawat and Lalit Yadav have done just that as Delhi added nearly 60 points in the last six overs. In the end, it was not enough.