Gritty Gujarat eke out draw against Delhi

New Delhi: Priyank Kirit Panchal scored a match-saving century as Gujarat denied Delhi an outright win on the final day of their four-day Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match here on Saturday.

With the visitors standing on the brink of defeat at the start of final day’s play with Delhi still enjoying a healthy 252-run lead, Panchal rose to the occasion and came up with a crucial 134-run knock to save the day for Gujarat.

Panchal’s patient innings came off 265 deliveries during which he struck as many as 20 boundaries.

For Delhi, pacer Vikas Mishra returned with his best first-class figures of four for 51, while Gujarat’s first innings tormentor Pawan Suyal scalped two for 69 but it was not enough to ensure a win for the hosts as the visitors’ tail put up a resolute batting display to deny their opponents five points.

Delhi pocketed three points from the match by virtue of first-innings lead while Gujarat will return home with a point from the stalemate.

Earlier, resuming at the team’s overnight score of 114 for two and personal 60, Panchal stitched a vital 63-run fourth-wicket stand with skipper Parthiv Patel (26 off 112 balls) to signal early signs of a fightback from Gujarat.

However, the tables turned when Parhtiv and Panchal fell within a span of 27 runs.

Both Parthiv and Panchal were trapped in front by Suyal and Panchal respectively.

Gujarat found themselves in deeper trouble when, two runs later, Pratharesh Parmar too was caught plumb in front of the wicket by Pradeep Sangwan.

But then came Rohit Dahiya (2 not out), whose sheer determination and patience saved Gujarat as the right-hander negotiated 109 deliveries during his stay at the wicket.

Siddharth Trivedi too made crucial 18 off 33 balls to help his side’s cause before the last-wicket pair of Dahiya and Ishwar Choudhary negotiated 11 overs to earn a point for Gujarat.

Brief Scores:

Gujarat 1st innings: 71 all out
Delhi 1st innings: 437 for six declared
Gujarat 2nd innings: 289 for nine in 114 overs (P+riyank Kirit Panchal 134; Vikas Mishra 4/51).