In his final swansong, veteran Gautam Gambhir lived a charmed life but held on to an unbeaten 92 to guide Delhi to 190/1 against Andhra on the second day of the Ranji Trophy at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Friday.
Delhi were well placed in reply to the visitors' first-innings score of 390.
But the star attraction was Gambhir, playing his last competitive cricket match of any form.
He was given the Guard of Honour by teammates at every break and his wife turned up with two daughters just after Gambhir completed fifty runs.
Gambhir was twice dropped in the slips but it didn't matter during the 152 balls that he played.
Hiten Dalal scored a half century at the other end as Gambhir crafted a rollicking innings.
Resuming the day on 244/5, Himachal posted 390 and then Punjab batsmen struggled to get going with only two batsmen reaching double figures.
TN resumed on 249/6 and put up 268 with T Natarajan (3/42), and R Shah (3/32) accounting for most of the wickets.
Resuming Day 2 on 165/7, Yusuf combined with Bhargav Bhatt and Rishi Arothe, both of whom struck half-centuries, to help Baroda attain a first-innings lead of 256.
Chhattisgarh, in their second innings, progressed to 174/4, behind Baroda by 82 runs.
Gujarat, who had resumed the second day in Valsad at 340/8, added 27 more to their overnight tally before being bowled out for 367.
Bhille was supported by Arindam Ghosh, who scored a half-century as both batsmen remained unbeaten at stumps to bring the deficit down to 101 runs.
Meanwhile, in another Group C match, all-rounder Manisankar Murasingh helped Tripura recover from a collapse with an unbeaten 43 to take them to 235/7 in reply to Haryana's first innings total of 292. They now trail by 57 runs.
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