Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Delhi clinch a thriller, to play Rajasthan in final

- Press Trust of India sportsdesk@hindustant­imes.com

KOLKATA: Delhi maintained their composure under pressure to edge out former champions Uttar Pradesh by three runs in a low-scoring thriller to set up a summit clash with Rajasthan in Syed Mushtaq Ali T20.

The domestic Twenty20 competitio­n will have a new champions this season as both Delhi and Rajasthan have made their maiden final slated at Eden Gardens on Friday. In group A, Rajasthan choked in their paltry chase of 130 to suffer a fiverun defeat against Punjab but they still sneaked into final on better net run rate (0.519-0.080).

Delhi were the first to book a maiden final berth upsetting UP in a group B match. On a day India veteran Gautam Gambhir failed to get a big score, Rishabh Pant again did the star turn smashing 34-ball 58 (5x4, 3x6). Delhi reached 140/9 after being sent in by UP skipper Suresh Raina.

Fresh from three successive fifty-plus scores that included an ominous 126 not out, Raina (16) failed when it mattered the most as Uttar Pradesh batting caved in for 137 off the last ball.

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