Opener Unmukt Chand's 58-ball 103 went in vain as Priyank Kirit Panchal's unbeaten fifty helped Gujarat outplay Delhi by eight wickets in the Super League phase of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Group B cricket match in Mumbai on Friday.
Put into bat at the Bandra Kurla Complex, Delhi lost a couple of quick wickets including skipper Gautam Gambhir for a
duck only to see Unmukt and Aditya Kaushik (23) stitch a 54-run third wicket stand to help the side post a competitive 170 for five, which was later chased down by Gujarat in 17.3 overs.
Dhruv Shorey also went back scoring 0 as he was caught and bowled by Hardik Patel. Kaushik's wicket was the result of a splendid catch by Panchal as Nitesh Rana (9) also disappointed. Unmukt, who became only the third Indian batsman to score three T20 centuries, took centerstage as he blasted eight fours and five sixes in his dominating display of the willow.
Milind Kumar (19 not out) and Pawan Negi (13 not out) also provided late entertainment in the Delhi innings. For Gujarat RP Singh, Hardik, Jasprit Bumrah, Rush Kalaria and Rohit Dahiya took a wicket each. Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel (42) then led from the front to provide a solid 78-run opening stand with Panchal (68 not out).
Parthiv, who struck five fours and two sixes in his 28-ball knock, lost his cool in the ninth over as Panchal carried on the good work with new man Manpreet Juneja (38). Panchal remain unconquered with his 44-ball innings laced with eight fours and a six. Parvinder Awana and Suboth Bhati picked up a wicket each.
Delhi 170/5 in 20 overs (Unmukt Chand 103, Aditya Kaushik 23; Hardik Patel 1-27, R P Singh 1-29) lose to Gujarat 171/2 in 17.3 overs (Priyank Panchal 68 not out, Parthiv Patel 42; Parvinder Awana 1-23, S Bhati 1-43). Points: Gujarat 4, Delhi 0.