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Delhi makes Ranji QFs from North Zone

February 23, 2009 23:55 IST

Skipper Aakash Chopra led from front with a brilliant 95 to help Delhi beat Services by six wickets and book a berth in the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy tournament in Una, Himachal Pradesh on Monday.

Delhi and Himachal Pradesh, with four wins each, have qualified from North Zone for the last-eight stage of the competition.

Himachal Pradesh, who were already assured of a quarter-final berth, lost their inconsequential match to Punjab today in Dharamsala.

Chasing 232 to win, Chopra batted beautifully and kept one end safe till he offered a caught and bowl chance to Abhishek Sinha to miss a well deserved century. Chopra hit 12 boundaries in his innings.

Mithun Manhas played a useful knock of 54 runs for the visitors.

Earlier, Services scored 231 for the loss of eight wickets after winning the toss and riding on twin half-centuries by Yashpal Singh (57) and Tahir Khan (55).

Yogesh Nagar was the pick of the bowlers for Delhi, claiming three wickets.

Brief scores:

Services: 231 for the loss of 8 wickets in 50 overs. (Yashpal Singh 57, Tahir Khan 55; Yogesh Nagar 3/55). Delhi: 233 for 4 wickets in 45.5 overs (Aakash Chopra 95, Mithun Minhas 54; Abhishek Sinha 2/33).

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