Table toppers Delhi were outplayed for the second day in succession as they finished the proceedings at 133 for eight in reply to hosts Vidarbha’s respectable first innings score of 370 in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter.
Delhi, who still need 87 runs to avoid follow-on will be banking on veteran Virender Sehwag, who came into bat at No 10 and is undefeated on 6 alongside Varun Sood, who has consumed 100 balls for his 21.
Sehwag, who was running high temeperature couldn’t bat at the top of the innings and came into bat after delhi lost their eighth wicket at 119.
“Viru was certainly not 100 percent fit but as we lost too many wickets, he had to come out to bat even though there hasn’t been a complete remission of fever. He will bat tomorrow (Saturday) and hopefully with medication will get well by the night,” Delhi chief coach Vijay Dahiya told PTI.
It was a turning track where Delhi’s batting couldn’t withstand the pressure created by left-arm medium pacer Shrikant Wagh (4/33)and left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhruv (3/26).
Gautam Gambhir (6) and Unmukt Chand (21) struggled during initial overs before the veteran India discard tried to attack Dhurv and was duly stumped.
Chand and Mithun Manhas (27) added 39 for the third wicket before Wagh trapped both of them leg before with deliveries that held its line after pitching.
Milind Kumar was out to a ball that kept low while Manan Sharma didn’t have any clue about the turning delivery from Dhruv.
Coach Dahiya however blamed the bowlers for their profligacy as they conceded 370 runs on a track that offered turn.
“Our spinners bowled poorly as it wasn’t a pitch to concede 370 to the opposition. We are at the top of the table but we can’t just lose the momentum,” Dahiya said.
Brief Score: Vidarbha 1st Innings 370 in 118 overs (Ganesh Sathish 163, Shalabh Srivastav 50, Shivam Sharma 5/67) Delhi 1st Innings 133/8 in 70 overs (Mithun Manhas 27, Shrikant Wagh 4/33, Rakesh Dhruv 3/26).
Punjab stare at defeat against minnows
Heavyweights Punjab are staring at an outright defeat after yet another top-order collapse in their second innings against minnows Odisha in a group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy.
While Odisha got a slender first innings lead of 16 runs finishing on 183 due to a little 36 run cameo by wicketkeeper batsman Haladhar Das, the seam trio of Basant Mohanty (2/16), Deepak Behera (1/18) and Alok Mangaraj (1/3) reduced Punjab to 37 for four at stumps in their second innings with Yuvraj Singh (18 batting) standing between victory and defeat.
Haryana make most of home conditions
After posting a massive first-innings total of 373, Haryana rode on medium pacer Harshal Patel’s brilliant bowling to bundle out Rajasthan for a mere 180 in their first essay before en-forcing a follow-on on the visitors on day two of their Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match.
At the close of play, Rajasthan were struggling on 38 for five in their second innings while following on. The visiting side still need another 155 runs with just five wickets in hand, to avoid an innings defeat.
Venugopal ton takes Gujarat to 277/7
Y Venugopal Rao smashed an aggressive century but got little support from his team-mates as Gujarat scored 277 for 7 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy cricket match against Maharashtra.
After electing to bat, Gujarat were reduced to 78 for two in the morning session and that brought Venugopal (104) at the crease and he anchored the home side innings being the last man out on the day at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium.
As none of the other Gujarat batsmen made a mark, they had just one substantial partnership — that of 82 between Venugopal and Manpreet Juneja (29) for the fifth wicket. Captain Parthiv Patel, who opened the innings was next highest scorer with 41.
Venugopal hit 13 fours and a six in his 165-ball knock. At the draw of stumps, Rush Kalaria and Mehul Patel were batting on 24 and 6 respectively.