Delhi’s top-order batting failed for the second time in three days and a fighting Uttar Pradesh did not allow the host any real chance of making a comeback. Eventually, UP cruised to an emphatic 46-run victory in the quarterfinal of the Vijay Hazare (50-over) tournament here on Tuesday.
On Thursday, UP will return to the Ferozeshah Kotla ground to face Gujarat in the semifinal.
Put into bat, UP recovered from 66 for four by riding on a 129-run stand involving Upendra Yadav (112, 101b, 11×4, 2×6) and skipper Karan Sharma (83, 100b, 11×4) to reach 280 for seven in 50 overs.
Rattled by left-arm medium pacer Yash Dayal (3/53) who sent back openers Dhruv Shorey and Hiten Dalal in the second over of the innings, Delhi never recovered. Though Lalit Yadav (61, 78b, 8×4) and Anuj Rawat (47, 64b, 4×4) gave some hope to Delhi during their 102-run stand for the sixth wicket, the mounting required run-rate kept UP ahead in the game.
If the Delhi dugout expected the duo of Rawat and Sangwan to produce another match-winning seventh-wicket stand like they did miraculously against Uttarakhand on Sunday, it was not to be. The defeat also meant the end of the season for Delhi.
Uttar Pradesh 280/7 in 50 overs (Upendra Yadav 112, Karan Sharma 83, Sameer Chaudhary 43 not out) beat Delhi 234 in 48.1 overs (Lalit Yadav 61, Anuj Rawat 47, Himmat Singh 39, Yash Dayal 3/53) by 46 runs.
Semifinals: Uttar Pradesh vs Gujarat on March 11.