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Singapore crush Delhi Wanderers

Singapore shocked Delhi Wanderers by one wicket in a nail biting thriller of the Sagarmatha Cement Journey To World Cup to blow the title race wide open for all four teams.

 

In a 45-over match at the TU Stadium, double-century partnership between Arjun Gupta and Kshitiz Shinde spurred Delhi Wanderers to 293-5. Singapore held their nerve to reach 294-9 in 44.3 overs with Arjun Mutreja providing the early momentum and middle order taking them close to victory.

 

All four teams have two points after playing two matches each and Friday’s final round robin matches between Nepal and Singapore along with Air India and Delhi Wanderers will send the winners into Saturday’s final. Nepal had defeated Air India – who crushed Singapore by 136 runs — and lost to Delhi Wanderers in their second match.

 

Singapore were still in the chase when Mutrjea – the man-of-the-match – gave Singapore a decent 41-run stand with opening partner Chetan Suryabanshi who only made two.

 

The opener added another 94 runs with Rezza Gaznavi (22) before losing his wicket. Mutreja made 92 from 73 balls with 16 boundaries and a six. Reduced to 141-3, Anish Param (34) and Kshitiz Shinde collected 61 runs taking Singapore beyond 200.

 

Shinde was also involved in a 38-run partnership with skipper Saad Khan Januza before he was run out for 40.

 

Januza also made 40 setting Singapore well on course for victory with the team requiring 25 to win from the last 35 balls.

 

However, once Januza was dismissed Singapore lost three more wickets and needed Amjad Mehboob to nervously finish off the things making 10 off seven with two boundaries.

 

Shinde hit five boundaries in 45 balls, while Januza’s 16-ball cameo included three sixes and two boundaries.

 

Shivam Maavi, Pawan Negi and Satnam Singh took two wickets each for Delhi Wanderers. Earlier, Gupta and Sharma gave Singapore bowlers a day to forget when they added 207 runs for the fifth wicket after Delhi Wanderers were reduced to 73-4 in 15.1 overs.

 

Gupta made 133 off 129 hitting 12 boundaries and seven sixes. He was out with just three balls left in the innings. Sharma remained unbeaten on 92 off 91 in an innings studded with nine boundaries and two sixes.

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