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Saurashtra opener Kishan Parmar’s unbeaten 141 enabled them to give a better account of themselves reaching 234 for 5 in the second innings but Delhi still enjoyed the upperhand in a group B Ranji Trophy encounter, here today.
Effectively, Saurashtra are only 89 runs ahead with five wickets in hand and two days of play left. While chances of an outright victory for Delhi look bright but a chase of 150 plus would mean that bonus point can be difficult.
Earlier, Pradeep Sangwan’s second rearguard action of the season ensured a healthy 145-run lead for Delhi as they finished their first innings at 237. Sangwan had earlier scored a 100 against Assam.
Sangwan scored 75 off 100 balls with six boundaries and four sixes to help Delhi get a lead of close to 150 runs. The stand of 47 for the with Pulkit Narang (7) also proved to be useful in the final context of the innings. Pacer Kushang Patel grabbed 5 for 72 in 17.3 overs.
When Saurashtra came into bat, Snell Patel (4) and Divyaraj Chauhan (0) were out quickly but a 94-run stand between Parmar and Sheldon Jackson (40) steadied the ship.
Soon Jackson, Jaydev Shah (1) and Prerak Mankad (6) were out in quick succession to reduce Saurashtra to 130 for 5.
But Parmar and Arpit Vasavada (25) added 104 runs for the sixth wicket to guide Saurashtra to a 89-run lead so far.
Brief scores: Saurashtra 92 and 234/5 (Kishan Parmar 141 batting, Navdeep Saini 2/52)
Delhi 1st innings 237 (Pradeep Sangwan 75, Rishabh Pant 40, Kushang Patel 5/72).