October 25, 2011 1:02:30 am
Manan Sharma made an impressive return to Delhi fold,scalping six wickets in the second innings to help Delhi script a turnaround,winning their under-22 CK Nayudu Elite Group B opener against Mumbai by 25 runs after conceeding the first innings lead.
Fellow left-arm spinner Varun Sood took the other four to fall on the final day as none of the Mumbai batsmen,except Neelkanth Parab with 61,managed to survive the spin duo on a pitch that encouraged enough turn. Manan,who returned to Delhi after a two-year stint with Haryana,was introduced as first change and kept things tight at one end to finish eight wickets in the game.
Reduced to 30 for 5 in the first innings before skipper Milind Kumar scored a fighting 98,stitching together valuable partnerships with the tail Sunny Sehrawat scored 37 and Sood 31 Delhi managed to cross the 200-mark. In reply,Rishit Sainis five-wicket haul cut Mumbais lead to just 48 runs. Sehrawats all-round display in the match including a crucial half-century in the second innings and Dhruv Shoreys 80 ensured that the second innings was more of a team effort that helped Delhi fight back.
Delhi coach Amit Bhandari gave credit to the way his team bounced back. What we achieved was remarkable. The way the boys responded speaks volumes of their mental strength and skill. Manan and Varun were brilliant while credit should also go to Milind,Dhruv and Sunny. To beat Mumbai in Mumbai is always special, he said.
Brief scores: Delhi 226 (Milind Kumar 98,Sunny Sehrawat 37,Varun Sood 31; Javed Khan 2/36) & 229 (Dhruv Shorey 80,Sehrawat 57,Mohit Sharma 49; Sagar Gorivale 5/73) beat Mumbai 274 (Kaustubh Pawar 88,Gaurav Jathar 94; Rishit Saini 5/59,Sehrawat 3/70) & 156 (Neelkanth Parab 61,Manan Sharma 6/65,Sood 4/43)
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