Saturday, December 30, 2017

Dhruv Shorey leads Delhi's fightback versus Vidarbha in Ranji Trophy finals

Displaying steely resolve, Dhruv Shorey stood out with an unbeaten century and steered Delhi to 271 for six, but Vidarbha did just enough to share honours on Day One of the Ranji Trophy final yesterday.

Vidarbha bowler Aditya Thakare celebrates with his teammates after dismissing Delhi batsman K Chandela during the Ranji Trophy final cricket match between Delhi and Vidarbha, in Indore. Pic/ PTI
Vidarbha bowler Aditya Thakare celebrates with his teammates after dismissing Delhi batsman K Chandela during the Ranji Trophy final cricket match between Delhi and Vidarbha, in Indore. Pic/ PTI

The 256-ball 123 was Shorey's third, and undoubtedly the most important, knock of his first-class career. Batting almost through the day, Shorey hit 17 boundaries. Shorey, 25, who walked into bat in the very first over of the match following Kunal Chandela's dismissal, survived testing opening spells by the Vidarbha seamers before opening up himself at the Holkar Stadium.

Shorey added 105 runs for the fifth wicket with Himmat Singh, who produced a fluent 66 off 72 balls with the help of eight boundaries and two sixes. Considering that they lost their openers, including the seasoned Gautam Gambhir, within the first hour of the big final, Delhi would be content with the way the day progressed. Given the flow he was in, the seven-time winners, though, could be disappointed with Himmat's dismissal.

Debutant seamer Aditya Thakare, playing in place of Umesh Yadav, and Rajneesh Gurbani finished the day with two wickets apiece.

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