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Delhi fails to score outright victory

By Our Special Correspondent

KANPUR NOV. 10. Delhi enforced the follow-on but failed to finish the job against Uttar Pradesh at the Green Park here on Monday.

The bowlers lacked the skills on the final day to conquer a determined opposition and the Ranji Trophy Elite Group `A' match petered into a draw, giving Delhi two points.

Resuming at 206 for seven, Uttar Pradesh was bowled out for 243 on Monday morning. Gyanendra Pandey, 60 overnight, continued with his good work before he was dismissed for 84 (176b, 8x4, 1x6). Having batted in a disciplined manner, Pandey was tempted to drive Amit Bhandari too early and fell to a simple catch in the covers.

Sanjay Gill, bowling with an ankle pain, polished off the Uttar Pradesh tail to finish with three for 71 but he could not take any further part in the match. Gill's absence was a blow as Amit Bhandari, who picked up two wickets in the first innings and Rajat Bhatia struggled to make any impression on the opposition today. The spinners, Sarandeep Singh and Rahul Sanghvi, probed the Uttar Pradesh batsmen but their best efforts gave them little chance on a docile pitch.

For Uttar Pradesh, opener Rohit Prakash made 26 before he played back to Sanghvi and was trapped leg before. Skipper Jyoti Yadav, who was out cheaply in the first innings, put his head down and produced a neat unbeaten 79 off 213 balls with 10 fours. He was supported by Rahat Elahi, who came up with a flawless 27 for 123 balls with one four.

The match was called off after the eighth mandatory over with Delhi never really threatening Uttar Pradesh in its second innings. Delhi now meets Mumbai at home while Uttar Pradesh takes on Punjab at Meerut, the matches starting on November 15.

The scores:

Delhi - 1st innings: 478

Uttar Pradesh - 1st innings: 243 (Gyanendra Pandey 84, Rizwan Shamshad 45, Sanjay Gill three for 71) and 141 for one (Jyoti Yadav 79 not out).

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