Visakhapatnam: There's something about big finals that seem to bring out the best in Unmukt Chand. He's hit centuries in the finals of the Under-19 World Cup and Under-19 Asia Cup in the past, and on Sunday (March 3), the record extended into senior cricket as well. Chand's outstanding 116 in 133 balls was the cornerstone of Delhi's 75-run thrashing of Assam, as they won the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2012-13.
Put in to bat at the Dr YSR Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam, Delhi amassed 290 for 9, and on a pitch that hasn't seen too many big scores in the earlier knockout games, it was always going to be a big challenge for Assam. Their chase eventually ended at 215 all out in 44.2 overs, with Dheeraj Jadhav - 87 in 114 balls - the only one to get a sizeable score.
Chand's century came after what had been a relatively quiet tournament for him, but as he has done so often in the past, he hit the high notes on the big stage. He first got his eye in, and then played a succession of pleasing strokes all around the wicket, and no bowler appeared to trouble him.