Milind Kumar flicked a Govind Poddar delivery towards square leg to reach what was his second first-class century in 33 innings. The 25-year-old Milind had scored his first century against Haryana on debut in 2011. Delhi built a lead of 258 runs before their bowlers led by Ishant Sharma sent back four Orissa batsmen to the pavilion.
At 109 for, Orissa have their backs against the wall and Delhi will eye seven points if they can win by an innings or chase down the target with all their wickets intact.
The second day’s last hour saw Milind belting out some big shots. Milind was composed and classy in the first session, taking few risks and playing 82 dot balls along with five boundaries and one six to inch close to the nineties.
“It was on my mind that we had three wickets remaining and we thought that the longer partnership we had, it would be better for us,” Milind said talking about 156-run stand between him and Manan Sharma who made 81.
Sharma’s 81 in 165 balls gave the Delhi innings an impetus. He would step on the pedal by taking 14 runs off a Basant Mohanty over – the third post lunch.
The Milind-Manan partnership ended by the latter fell to the spin of Dhiraj Singh. Sharma had faced 165 balls and was at the wicket for 218 minutes.
With a lead of 258 in hand, Delhi pacers looked threatening. Ishant Sharma’s opening spell accounted for Ranjit Singh before he induced an edge from the other opener Sandeep Pattanaik post tea to make it 54 for 2. While Poddar remained unbeaten on 52, Anurag Sarangi and first innings’ hero Subhransu Senapati fell before stumps.
Brief Scores: Odisha 237 and 109/4 ( G Poddar 52 batting) vs Delhi 495/8 decl (G Gambhir 147, M Kumar 106 not out).