March 6, 2012 3:38:04 am
Broadly speaking,spinners bank on two contrasting methods to take wickets in the shorter format of the game. Some lob the ball teasingly in the air and hope to beat the batsmen by their flight and turn. Others bend their knee a bit to lower the trajectory of the ball and stick to a stump-to-stump line as they wait for the batsmen to commit a mistake.
In Delhis opening Vijay Hazare game against Assam,their two left-arm spinners Pawan Negi and Varun Sood bagged six wickets as the visiting batsmen failed to get a hang of their varied style of bowling. While Negi got a couple of wickets by foxing the batsmen with his classical loop,Soods flat and fast deliveries got him four dismissals. The domination of the spinners helped the hosts dismiss Assam for 94 and they later reached the target in 20.2 overs by losing just two wickets. Delhi now play Railways in the quarterfinals.
Shikhar Dhawan remained unbeaten on 42 while Unmukt Chand and Mohit Sharma failed to sustain the promise they showed early in their innings.
In the final analysis,it was the batsmen that let Assam down. With R Satish out with an injury,the rest of the Assam batsmen lacked the skill,or the will,to negotiate the new ball. After Ashish Nehras short three-over burst,Pradeep Sangwan snapped two quick wickets. Rajat Bhatias disciplined medium pace saw him account for two batsmen.
Assam after 10 overs were 22/1. At this stage skipper Bhatia opted for spin from both ends and that worked for Delhi as Assam were dismissed in 32.4 overs. Delhi managed 63 for 2 before Mithun Manhas,with two boundaries and a six in an over,took the initiative and Dhawan sealed the win with a boundary.
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Brief scores: Assam 94 all out in 32.4 overs (Varun Sood 4/36,Pawan Negi 2/12,Rajat Bhatia 2/9,Pradeep Sangwan 2/13) vs Delhi 96 for 2 in 20.2 overs.
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