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Ranji Trophy: Gambhir ton puts Delhi ahead of Andhra

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Gautam Gambhir, the of India's triumph, came up with his 43rd and final first-class ton to help secure at least three crucial points after the hosts took a slim 29-run first innings lead over Andhra in a Group B Round 5 game here on Saturday.

Gambhir, who was the centre of attraction among the 500-odd crowd at the Feroz Shah Kotla here, scored 112 to help reach 409/7 at stumps on the penultimate day of the tie in response to Andhra's first innings score of 380.

Resuming the third day on an individual score of 92, stole a boundary through the slips to advance to 98 before square driving Bandaru Ayappa for a couple to reach to the landmark amid thunderous applaud from the crowd.

The southpaw added 113 runs for the second wicket with (98) before being dismissed caught behind off off-spinner Shoaib

On his departure from the crease, the home side gave him a of honour while the tourists also came to congratulate the former Test opener.

Shorey, however continued milking the Andhra bowlers as he batted patiently playing 259 balls, hitting six fours and more importantly added 86 runs with (33).

Rawal and Shorey departed in quick succession leaving in a spot of bother but the young guns -- Jonty Sidhu (30), Lalit Yadav (29) and (28) -- comfortably took the home side past Andhra's first innings.

Brief Scores: Delhi 409/7 (112, 98, 3/126, Shoaib Khan 3/138), lead Andhra 380 by 29 runs.



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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 21:26 IST