Courtesy entertaining half-centuries from Parvinder Awana (61) and Sumit Narwal (65), Delhi reached a respectable first innings score of 442 in 127.2 overs against Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy.
Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab by 65 run, will meet KKR in the CLT20 final on Saturday.
Led by Parvinder Awana (5/97), Delhi bowled out Odisha for 379, 63 runs behind their first innings total of 442.
Assam would have felt they had a chance to get back in the match when Gautam Gambhir (5) fell cheaply, too eager to dominate the bowling from the outset and holing out as a result. With two selectors in Vikram Rathour and Saba Karim watching the proceedings, Gambhir wouldn't have been happy with his effort.
It does not augur well for any side making excuses but that's what India is doing right now. "The dew really does change the course of the game but we didn't start very well, we were a fraction short. There was something there for the fast bowlers but they were cut and pulled early on," MS Dhoni said at the post-match presentation at the Wankhede stadium here.
With a comprehensive win in the first T20 behind them, Team India will go for the kill as they aim to make a clean sweep over England when the two sides clash in Mumbai in the second and final T20 International.
Alex Hales and Luke Wright tried their level best but it was all India's game since the introduction of Yuvraj Singh. Later his batting exploits ensured that team does not falter despite it being a tricky chase.
Meanwhile, a beleaguered Delhi side having lost three away matches, have requested the authorities at Roshanara ground to prepare a 'Green Top' which will atleast produce a result unlike the dead strips provided at the Feroz Shah Kotla by former BCCI chief curator Venkat Sundaram.
Delhi still need 143 runs to get the first innings lead and Unmukt Chand has very little support with Sumit Narwal being dismissed off the last ball of the second day bowled by Haryana skipper Amit Mishra.
The pitch was dry in nature which forced Delhi management to include off-spinner Manoj Chauhan who gave away 89 runs in 27 overs. Although the young off-spinner was successful in beating the batsman on a few occasions, he wasn't consistently giving the ball air or inviting the batsmen to drive.