Delhi suffer shock loss to Kerala

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Dharamsala : Delhi’s unbeaten run in the Vijay Hazare Trophy was today brought to a halt by Kerala, who produced a team effort to eke out a stunning two-wicket win in a weather-hit Group B match here.

Coming into the match with four wins from as many outings, fancied Delhi were shocked by Kerala in the game reduced to 42-over-a-side contest due to wet outfield.

The loss, however, will hardly have any affect on Delhi’s knockout chances as they are sitting pretty at the top with 16 points from five games.

Delhi are all but through, making it a four-way fight between Maharashtra (10 points), Kerala (10), Himachal Pradesh (10) and Uttar Pradesh (8) points for the second spot.

Sent into bat, Delhi were shot out for a mediocre 177 in 39.3 overs with Dhruv Shorey top-scoring with a 90-ball 71, which included five boundaries and a six.

Barring Shorey, Delhi batsmen struggled against the moving ball in overcast conditions. Milind Kumar (25) and skipper Pradeep Sangwan (25) were the next best scorers.

Medium pacer M D Niheesh picked up four wickets for Kerala.

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