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Delhi beat UP by 9 wickets for second straight win


Rohtak. Delhi produced an all-round clinical show to thrash Uttar Pradesh by nine wickets and notch up their second consecutive win in a Group E match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament here on Saturday.


Invited to bat, Uttar Pradesh could only score a meagre 108 for 8 in their 20 overs with the Delhi pace quartet, led by Deepak Punia (3/15), tormenting them throughout their innings.


Simarjeet Singh and Pradeep Sangwan took two wickets apiece while Navdeep Saini got one.


For Uttar Pradesh, Madhav Kaushik top-scored with a 37-ball 30 while his fellow opener Abhishek Goswami contributed 21.


Delhi then chased down the target of 109 with 40 balls to spare with opener Anuj Rawat scoring a 32-ball 50.


The other opener Dhruv Shorey and one-down Nitish Rana remained not out on 38 and 14 respectively as Delhi reached 109 for 1 in 13.2 overs.


On Friday, Delhi had beaten Chandigarh by seven wickets.


In another Group E match at Sultanpur, Manan Vohra's unbeaten century (106 not out off 64 balls) went in vain as Hyderabad -- who rode on half centuries from Hanuma Vihari (57) and Tilak Verma (61 not out) -- beat Chandigarh by eight wickets.


In the last Group E match of the day, also at Sultanpur, Saurashtra beat Uttarakhand by two runs.


Brief Scores:


Uttar Pradesh 108 for 8 in 20 overs (Madhav Kaushik 30; Deepak Punia 3/15) lost to Delhi 109 for 1 in 13.2 overs (Anuj Rawat 50) by 9 wickets.


Chandigarh: 162 for 5 in 20 overs (Manan Vohra 106 not out; Ravi Teja 2/19) lost to Hyderabad (Hanuma Vihari 57, Tilak Verma 61 not out; Arpit Pannu 1/17) by eight wickets.


Saurashtra: 146 for 3 in 20 overs (Sheldon Jackson 62 not out, Sheldon Jackson 47; Agrim Tiwari 2/32) beat Uttarakhand 144 for 5 in 20 overs (Robin Bist 45 not out; Jaydev Unadkat 2/21) by 2 runs.