Kukreja helps himself to a double century in drawn match

November 19th, 2008 - 8:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Mumbai took it for granted that they cannot force a victory on the last day of their Ranji Trophy Elite Group A match against Delhi and opener Sahil Kukreja made full use of their decision to bat through the day by scoring a double century at the Feroz Shah Kotla here Tuesday.Mumbai declared their second innings 18 minutes after tea at 468 for four and the match was immediately called off. The rule stipulates that a minimum of 75 overs be bowled or play for half an hour after tea before calling off. Since 77 overs were bowled during the day, the declaration turned out to be a formality.

Mumbai collected three points for the first innings lead and Delhi got one from the drawn game.

It was a tough day at office for the Delhi bowlers on a heartless pitch as the Mumbai batsmen carried on and on to help themselves to easy runs.

Kukreja (229 not out, 452 minutes, 315 balls, 31×4), skipper Wasim Jaffer ( 98 , 192 minutes, 133 balls, 14×4) laid the foundation for a frustrating day for the Delhi bowlers as Mumbai resumed at 149 for no loss. Jaffer though failed to get his hundred as he was bowled by Sumit Narhwal. Jaffer drove and flicked off his pads in his inimitable style during his 192 minutes stay.

First innings century-maker Ajinkya Rahane (78, 121 min, 94 balls, 9×4, 1×6) joined Kukreja and the two batted freely adding 157 for the second wicket partnership. Rahane scored briskly, hitting nine fours and a straight six, and looked set for another hundred when he hit Narhwal to substitute Gaurav Chabbra in the covers.

After Rahane’s fall, Mumbai lost two wickets quickly, veteran Amol Muzumdar and Hiken Shah getting out within 15 runs.

Then Wicket-keeper Vinayak Samant ( 53 not out, 112 minutes, 130 balls, 5×4) and Kukreja knitted another century partnership batting till the end.

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