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Indore, 28 Sept: The immensely talented Unmukt Chand again showed his ability to rise to the occasion as his 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 today.
The Virat Kohli led side will meet Yuvraj Singh’s India ‘Blue’ in the final of the tournament.
Courtesy Unmukt’s 119 and skipper Virat Kohli’s useful 63, Delhi piled up a huge total of 342 for six in 50 overs after being put into bat. Milind Kumar with 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 (83) making an effort to resist the inevitable.
While veteran seamer Ashish Nehra (4/38) provided early breakthroughs, 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. Senior pro Virender Sehwag (8) failed today while Gautam Gambhir (20) continued from his woeful form in county circuit.
Brief Scores: Delhi 342/6 (Unmukt Chand 119, Kohli 63, Milind Kumar 57, Rahat Bhatia 40 no).
India ‘Red’ 230 in 40.1 overs (Gurkeerat Singh 83, Abhinav Mukund 64, Ashish Nehra 4/38, Varun Sood 5/84). Delhi won by 112 runs.)