Wicketkeeper-batsman Anuj Rawat smashed an unbeaten 95 from 85 balls, with under-pressure Delhi making a brilliant recovery to beat Uttarakhand by four wickets in the pre-quarter-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Delhi will take on Uttar Pradesh in their quarter-final match on Monday. Batting first, Uttarakhand scored 287 for 8 from 50 overs, scoring 77 runs off 83 balls from opener Kamal Singh, while former Delhi Ranji Trophy opener and current visiting team captain Kunal Chandela Scored 62 runs in 83 balls. In reply, Delhi crossed the target in 48.3 overs after being reduced to 146 for 6 wickets in the 33rd over.
Left-arm fast bowler Rawat found his captain Pradeep Sangwan (58 off 49 balls) a capable ally, as he added 143 runs in just 16 overs to raise the issue at Feroze Shah Kotla.
IPL specialist KKR batsman Nitish Rana (81 off 88 balls) was the only top-order batsman to score a decent score.
The pressure on the Delhi team was heightened when Khitej Sharma (13 off 23 balls) and Lalit Yadav (9 off 12 balls) failed to stop the momentum and once depended on Rana, Sangwan and Rawat.
The Delhi captain also made the ball successful, taking 3 wickets for 59 runs in 8 overs.
New bowlers like Samad Faloha (2/64) and Dickanshu Neg (0/43 in 5.3 overs) also helped the pair as they hit eight sixes in addition to 13 fours.
Brief Score: Uttarakhand 287/8 in 50 overs (Kamal Singh 77 from 77 balls, Kunal Chandela 62 from 83 balls, Pradeep Sangwan 3/59, Nitish Rana 2/40). Delhi scored 289/6 in 48.3 overs (Nitish Rana 81 from 88 balls, Anuj Rawat 85 not out from 85 balls, Pradeep Sangwan 49 not out from 58 balls, Samad flourished 2/64).
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