Onus is now on Sehwag

Ghaziabad: Captain Virender Sehwag played a patient unbeaten knock of 21 under fading lights to keep Delhi's hopes alive in the Ranji Trophy tie against Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday.

Sehwag, who suffered a minor finger injury while fielding on Saturday afternoon, stayed away from the field during the rest of the UP innings. The flamboyant batsman also did not open the innings, but finally came out to bat when Delhi, trailing by 168 runs in the first innings, were reduced to 146 for four in their second knock.

Knowing Delhi were facing an outright defeat, Sehwag displayed remarkable control on his natural stroke play and faced 44 deliveries to score 21 runs in 61 minutes. He also added 41 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket partnership with Mithun Manhas (63 batting).

At the end of the third day at the Nehru Stadium, Delhi were 197 for four after UP scored 403 in their first innings. Delhi had made 235 in the first innings on the first day.

Unmukt Chand (0), Gautam Gambhir (47) and Virat Kohli (43) failed for the second time in the match. Poor light also added to the Delhi batsmen's problems.


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