Ranji Trophy Final: Delhi’s road to title clash

Let’s take a look at Delhi’s journey to the Ranji Trophy final

Delhi's Kunal Chandela celebrates his century on the second day of the Ranji Trophy cricket semifinal match against Bengal.   -  Prashant Nakwe

Delhi vs Railways: Delhi rode on spinners Manan Sharma and Vikas Mishra to hand Railways an innings and 105 runs defeat in New Delhi. Sharma and Mishra took seven wickets between them to secure a bonus point for the host. Earlier, Delhi racked up 447 in its first innings while Railways was bundled out for 136 and 206 in the first and the second innings respectively.

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Delhi vs UP: Delhi registered a four-wicket win against UP at the Palam ground in New Delhi. After restricting the visitor to 229 in the second innings, with medium pacer Navdeep Saini bagging a four-for, Delhi eased to the target of 252, with Saini himself bringing the curtains down with a cameo.

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Delhi vs Maharashtra: Delhi cruised to an innings and 61-run victory with a day to spare at the Palam ground in New Delhi. On the third day, Maharashtra lasted 10 overs before folding for 99. Armed with a lead of 320 runs, Delhi enforced follow-on to pile further misery on the opposition batters as Maharashtra was bowled out for 259. Navdeep Saini and Vikas Mishra took four wickets each for the host.

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Delhi vs Madhya Pradesh Quarterfinal: Gautam Gambhir marshalled Delhi to its first Ranji Trophy semifinal in eight years, as the Rishabh Pant - led side secured a seven-wicket win against Madhya Pradesh. Gambhir, who missed a well deserved hundred, stitched together two near-century stands with opener Kunal Chandela and Dhruv Shorey before Nitish Rana's six put Delhi in the last four.

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Delhi vs Bengal Semifinal: Delhi pacers Navdeep Saini and Kulwant Khejrolia took four wickets each to gun down Bengal for a paltry 86 in the second innings. The first-innings lead of 112 runs meant Delhi won by an innings and 26 runs. Delhi, which has won the Ranji title seven times, will be squaring off against Vidarbha in the finals in Indore.

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