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 Wankhed...
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.
An India A tour provides an opportunity not just to players aspiring for higher honours, but also to the selectors to assess how players who have come up the domestic ranks shape up against opposition of a higher quality.
Parvinder Awana was hurt after being initially ignored from the India A squad for the tour of West Indies but when Chetan Chauhan called up in the morning to inform about his inclusion in place of an injured RP Singh, he was left speechless.
Paceman R P Singh, who played for Mumbai Indians in the ongoing Indian Premier League, was on Saturday ruled out of the India 'A' tour of the West Indies, due to a knee injury.
Kings XI Punjab beat Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets in their IPL match at Dharamsala. Chasing a total of 120 runs, Punjab finished at 123/4 with 21 balls to spare.
Kings XI Punjab skipper David Hussey on Tuesday, backed his side to the hilt by saying that they do not lack firepower to pull off matches like the one against Delhi Daredevils.
While Mandeep Singh's solid knock worth 75 may stand out for Kings XI Punjab in their 25-run win against Deccan Chargers on Tuesday, it was an over-all team effort that now looks intent to put the side in the play-offs of the Indian Premier League. A look at the statistical highlights from the match.
By his own admission, it has been quite a struggle for 25-year-old Parvinder Awana during his five years of first-class cricket and the snub from national selectors for India A's tour of West Indies is just another addition to that list.
With young domestic cricketers helping them remain in hunt for the Indian Premier League title, Kings XI Punjab co-owner and noted industrialist Ness Wadia feels that for the franchise, IPL is about discovering unknown talents.