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Gambhir’s ton, Khejroliya hat-trick fire Delhi into semis 

Bengaluru, October 14

Captain Gautam Gambhir smashed 104 off 72 balls after left-arm pacer Kulwant Khejroliya ran through the Haryana batting with a hat-trick to set-up a five-wicket win, sending Delhi into the semifinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Batting first, Haryana were all out for 229 with Khejroliya taking six wickets for 31 runs in 10 overs, his career-best performance in List A cricket. Navdeep Saini, with figures of 3/39, was a good foil for Khejroliya. Birthday boy Gambhir, who turned 37 today, then ensured his team cantered with a whirlwind knock comprising 16 fours. In the end, Delhi got home with 64 balls to spare and five wickets in hand. The other major contribution from the bat came from Dhruv Shorey (50).

Chasing 230, Umukt Chand (15) and Gambhir started well, putting on 54 runs for the first wicket before the former was caught by CN Saini off Arun Chaprana. The skipper was at his furious best against Yuzuvendra Chahal, smashing him for three consecutive boundaries in the 16th over. Gambhir and Shorey then put together a 118-run partnership as Delhi cruised towards the target.
Earlier, Chaitanya Bishnoi top-scored for Haryana with 85 off 117 balls with six boundaries and two sixes, while Pramod Chandila struck 59 off 88 balls with three boundaries and a six. In another quarterfinal, Mumbai beat Bihar by nine wickets to sail into the semifinals. Bihar were skittled out for 69 runs in 28.2 overs with Mumbai riding high on the back of Tushar Deshpande’s five-wicket haul. Mumbai chased down the target in 12.3 overs. 

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