Nikhil Tanwar stars in Delhi’s big semifinal victory
New Delhi, August 20: A dashing unbeaten knock of 65 by Nikhil Tanwar (34 balls, three fours, five sixes) was the highlight of Delhi’s 72-run victory over West Bengal at the Bharat Nagar ground today in the semifinals of the National Talent Search and Nurture cricket championship, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation.
Skipper and opening batsman Suraj Vashisht (68, 78 balls, seven fours) and Shivender Sharma (47, 57 balls, four fours, one six) played a big role in laying a solid foundation for the Delhi innings. However, it was the Bal Bhavan International School student Nikhil Tanwar’s innings that saw the team add 107 runs in the final 13.4 overs. He was later named the Player of the Match.
West Bengal’s diminutive left-arm spinner Amanjot Singh Sidhu bowled his heart out, claiming three for 59, but did not find support either from the other end or from the fielders who grassed at least eight chances. It left the visiting team with the challenge of chasing an asking rate of 6.12 runs an over.
Delhi’s new ball bowlers Iskhit and Manan had good spells and did not let West Bengal’s response take off. The vistors were 25 for one in 10 overs and that let left-arm spinner Sanchit Pasricha (three for 34) and off-spinner Suraj Vashisht (two for 33) pick up wickets when West Bengal batsmen tried to cut loose.
In the other semifinal on Sunday, Uttar Pradesh will meet Jharkhand at the Vikas Puri ground for a place in Monday’s final.
Delhi 244 for six in 40 overs (Suraj Vashish 68, Shivender Sharma 47, Nikhil Tanwar 65 not out, Amanjot Singh Sidhu three for 59) beat West Bengal 172 for nine in 40 overs (Sreyan Dutta 22, Vishal Kumar Roy 28, Ronak Aggarwal 25, Sanchit Pasricha three for 34, Suraj Vashisht two for 33) by 72 runs.