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Shorey ton spells trouble for HP 

New Delhi, November 14

Dhruv Shorey’s fourth first-class century put Delhi firmly in sight of an outright victory against Himachal Pradesh in their Ranji Trophy encounter here today. Shorey hit an unbeaten 106 as Delhi declared their second innings at 281/4, leaving Himachal with a stiff target of 376. Earlier, Delhi dismissed the visitors HP for 223 in their first innings, taking a first innings lead of 94 runs. At stumps on Day 3, Himachal were 44/1, with their best bet Prashant Chopra dismissed by Ishant Sharma.

With 332 needed on the final day, with the pitch showing considerable wear and tear, all Himachal will have on their mind is survival. And that won’t be easy, especially with the condition suiting the left-arm spin duo of Vikas Mishra and Varun Sood. And then, there’s Ishant too — he’s likely to bowl at full tilt in short spells and could be dangerous.

In the morning, after quickly disposing off the remaining two HP batsmen for an addition of seven runs, Delhi got off to a brisk start, courtesy Gautam Gambhir (49, 52 balls) and Hiten Dalal (25, 32 balls). Once Dalal and Gambhir were gone, Shorey and skipper Nitish Rana (32) added 62 for the third wicket. Shorey, a surprise exclusion from India A tour to New Zealand, hit 10 boundaries and two sixes. 

Brief scores: Delhi 317 and 281/4 decl (Dhruv Shorey 106*, Gautam Gambhir 49); HP 223 and 44/1

Goa 468/9 decl; J&K 246/7 (Shubham Khajuria 53; Amogh Desai 2/23).

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