Delhi scores modest 213 against Pak

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Rajat Bhatia and Shikhar Dhawan helped Delhi post a modest 213 for nine in 50 overs in the practice cricket match against Pakistan on Friday.

Updated: November 02, 2007 11:42 IST
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New Delhi:

Twin half centuries by Rajat Bhatia and Shikhar Dhawan helped Delhi overcome a jittery start and post a modest 213 for nine in 50 overs in the warm-up cricket match against Pakistan on Friday.

Put in to bat by visiting captain Shoaib Malik, Delhi slumped to 36 for four inside 13 overs before a 91-run stand between Dhawan and Bhatia arrested the slide.

Bhatia's 75 was a product of his 106-ball stay in the middle and included seven boundaries besides a six off Fawad Alam.

Dhawan's 52 came off 81 balls and had three fours in it. The left-hander also pulled Shoaib Akhtar over square leg for his only six.

Delhi, minus regular captain Virender Sehwag, ran into trouble soon as stand-in skipper Gautam Gambhir (4) departed as early as in the second over when Umar Gul trapped him lumb in front.

Aakash Chopra (16) and Dhawan struggled to nudge the score along and then Younis Khan dealt a double blow.

The Pakistan vice-captain first trapped Chopra and then castled Mithun Manhas for a first-ball duck even though he could not complete his hat trick.

Dhawan did not last long after completing his half century and two runs later, a Salman Butt direct throw cut short his stay, leaving the hosts at 137 for five in the 35th over.

Once Dhawan departed, Bhatia started playing his shots even though wickets kept tumbling at the other end.

Mayank Tehlan (7) offered a return catch to Alam while Shahid Afridi scalped Puneet Bisht (2) in his first over.

Bhatia perished when a Sohail Tanvir direct throw caught him short of ground.

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