Delhi aims for full points

Delhi aims for full points
Kolkata, Dec 21 (PTI) Their batting bolstered by the inclusion of Indian team opener Gautam Gambhir, formidable Delhi are eyeing an outright win to brighten their semi final prospects as they face an off-colour Bengal in a Ranji Trophy Elite Group A match beginning here tomorrow.

On eight points from five outings, Delhi are now lying third after title holders Mumbai (17) and Gujarat (8). Defending champions Mumbai are already through to the semis, with Gujarat placed one rung higher than Delhi for having scored an outright win.

Delhi, who secured two points each from four of their outings by virtue of first innings leads, came close to notching up outright victories against Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka before settling for a draw.

"We are aiming to pick up four points against Bengal to inch closer to a semi final berth," Delhi skipper Ajay Jadeja told newspersons after a practice session today.

The in-form Jadeja, who has already struck two tons in the tournament, said that his boys were not taking Bengal lightly as the road to the semi final was always slippery.

Bengal, on four points from five games, are struggling to remain in the Elite Group following back-to-back defeats against Gujarat, Mumbai and Andhra Pradesh, and badly need some points to move out of the relegation zone.

After starting their Ranji campaign with an emphatic victory over Karnataka, the hosts' performance has nosedived mainly due to the lack-lustre display by their batsmen, a fact admitted by coach Karsan Ghavri.

"Two or three of the batsmen should get good scores. There should be two or three big stands," he said.

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