Delhi raced through the opposition batting line-up without any fuss to secure their second win in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy here on Wednesday.
Thanks to their fast bowlers, after sharing seven wickets between them, Delhi beat Andhra by six wickets to top the Group E standings with a healthy net run rate.
Faith is valid
If Monday saw Delhi defending Mumbai’s top order defending a stunning total, then the pacers justified the confidence of captain Dhawan after being selected for the first match on Wednesday.
Veteran Ishant Sharma (2 for 17), promising talent Simarjit Singh (2 for 21) and veteran Pradeep Sangwan (3 for 33) wreaked havoc in the Andhra top order.
The Delhi batsmen accounted for three batsmen on whom Andhra’s batting depended, scoring 15 for three.
Simarjeet induced KS Bharat to be dismissed in the second over, while Ishant bowled Ricky Bhui clean in the next over. Simarjit later scaled the prize of captain Ambati Rayudu in an over.
The loss was too much as Andhra had to creep 35 for three at the halfway mark.
Thanks to a late charge by KV Shashikant and Shoaib Mohammad Khan, Andhra managed to finish at 124 for nine.
The target of 125 for Delhi has never been more challenging. Despite Harishankar Reddy dismissing openers Shikhar Dhawan and Hiten Dalal in the second over, Nitish Rana and Anuj Rawat ran the ship steadily with a 52-run partnership before completing the work of Himmat Singh and all-rounder Lalit Yadav.