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Delhi suffer shock loss to Kerala in Hazare

Press Trust of India  |  Dharamsala 

Delhi's unbeaten run in the Trophy was today brought to a halt by Kerala, who produced a team effort to eke out a stunning two-wicket win in a weather-hit Group B match here.

Coming into the match with four wins from as many outings, fancied were shocked by in the game reduced to 42-over-a-side contest due to wet outfield.

The loss, however, will hardly have any affect on Delhi's knockout chances as they are sitting pretty at the top with 16 points from five games.

are all but through, making it a four-way fight between (10 points), (10), (10) and (8) points for the second spot.

Sent into bat, were shot out for a mediocre 177 in 39.3 overs with Dhruv Shorey top-scoring with a 90-ball 71, which included five boundaries and a six.

Barring Shorey, Delhi batsmen struggled against the moving ball in overcast conditions.

Milind Kumar (25) and (25) were the next best scorers.

Medium pacer M D Niheesh picked up four wickets for Kerala, giving away 41 runs, while Fazil Fanoos (2/27) accounted for two.

In reply, overwhelmed the target in 35.4 overs with top-scoring with a fine 52 off 57 balls, which included seven boundaries.

Wicketkeeper Sanju Samson (29), Jalaj Saxena (26), (21) and (21) also made useful contributions with the bat.

(4/39) starred for Delhi with the ball and got good support from Kulwant Khejroliya (3/27).

In another Group B match at Nadaun, defeated by 109 runs to taste their first win of the tournament in another curtailed affair.

Asked to bat, scored a huge 249 all out after the match was reduced to 33-over-a-side game because of wet outfield and then shot out for 140 in 29 overs.

The other Group B match of the day between and in Bilaspur was abandoned without a ball being bowled owing to wet outfield.

Brief Scores of Group A matches:

At Dharamsala: Delhi 177 all out in 39.3 overs (Dhruv Shorey 71; M D Nidheesh 4/41) lost to Kerala 178 for 8 in 35.4 overs (52; 4/39) by 2 wickets.

At Nadaun: 249 all out in 33 overs (84, 76; 7/40) beat 140 all out in 29 overs (51; 4/36) by 109 runs.

At Bilaspur: Match between Himalchal Pradesh and abandoned due to wet outfield.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 20:40 IST