- Delhi won by an innings and 26 runs
- Saini took 4-35
- They are in the final
Delhi walked all over Bengal in the semi-final of this year’s Ranji Trophy. Bundling out Bengal for a shameful 86 runs in their second innings, Delhi took the match by an impressive margin of 26 runs and an innings. With the win they reached the final and have so far looked the most all-round and impressive team in the tournament.
Delhi rode on the back of speedster Navdeep Saini’s devastating spell to humiliate Bengal. The youngster roared fire as he decimated the Bengal batting line-up. In one of the most hostile spells bowled in recent times, Saini (12-3-35-4) bowled an impeccable line and length hardly erring for even an ver. He was ably supported by left-arm pacer Kulwant Khejroliya (8.3-9-40-4) with the duo taking Delhi to the final. Saini took home the man of the match for his amazing performance and is expected to break into the Indian squad soon given this year’s performances at the Ranji Trophy.
“What I loved this year about our team is the growth of our players. They have gone that extra yard, made those sacrifices required and here we are. Each and everyone has strived hard for us to reach this stage,” said the skipper.
Manoj Tiwary’s loud mouthed comments came to bite him in the back after the drubbing his team suffered. Claiming that his team would teach Delhi a lesson, Tiwary’s words were all talk and no action as his team were in turn taught a lesson they’ll remember all their life. Delhi coach Bhaskar didn’t mince his words as he lashed out at Tiwary after the match.
“I read some comments from Tiwary that he would teach us a lesson and all that. What did he think that a Delhi team comprising Gautam, Navdeep, Rishabh will be easy to beat. Those comments were uncalled for,” Bhaskar said after the match.
After this performance Delhi are now the favourites to win this year’s Ranji Trophy. All eyes will be on them as Gautam Gambhir will look to once again reach the cricketing heights he has throughout his career.