Chopra and Kohli miss double centuries in Nissar Trophy

September 17th, 2008 - 8:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Akash Chopra and Virat Kohli missed out on deserving double tons but left Delhi in a strong position against Pakistan’s Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) on the third day of the Mohammed Nissar Trophy here Wednesday.Ranji Trophy champions Delhi piled up a huge 384 runs lead before heavy rains brought the third day’s play to an end with 17 iovers still to be bowled. At the close of play, Delhi were 516 for the loss of four wickets in the second innings with Mayank Tehlan (24) and Rajat Bhatia (32) at the crease.

Chopra scored a brilliant 182 while Kohli (197) fell three short of his maiden first class double century at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium. The duo exorcised the ghost of first-innings batting collapse with a 385-run second wicket stand that put Delhi in a position from where they can’t lose the match.

With just a day left, Delhi will be looking to force a win Thursday.

Resuming at overnight 242 for one, Kohli and Chopra dictated terms to the SNGPL bowlers with their elegant strokeplay.

India opener Chopra concentrated on building the innings while the 19-year-old Kohli went after the bowlers with his ambitious pulls and drives. They played strokes square off the wicket and scored 153 runs in the first session against the hapless SNGPL attack.

SNGPL skipper Mohammed Hafeez introduced himself to break the partnership but his off-breaks proved ineffective. Kohli was severe on him and heaved him for a huge six over mid-on. Hafeez conceded 36 runs from five overs.

Even the fast bowlers Asad Ali and Imran Ali, who wrecked the home team’s batting in the first innings, looked ordinary as the sun beat down hard and the strip turned into a perfect batting track.

Delhi went into lunch with 395 runs on board, a lead of 263 runs, without losing a wicket in the first session. Kohli got to his 150 in 212 ball while Chopra attained it patiently in 245 balls.

In the post lunch session, both Kohli and Chopra slowed down as they had double centuries in sight.

Three short of the double hundred, Kohli went for an ambitious pull off Asad but missed the line and the ball rattled his stumps. Kohli’s 197 came in 274 balls and included 29 boundaries and one six.

Chopra’s 315-ball chanceless innings with 21 boundaries came to an end when he was bowled by medium-pacer Adil Raza.

In the post tea session, Bhatia and Tehlan batted at a painstaking pace, when they should have accelerated, and have given SGPL at least an hour to bat. But rains forced an early end to the day’s play.

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