Delhi’s new ball bowlers Parvinder Awana and Sumit Narwal wielded their willows to great effect as the hosts got themselves to an advantageous position against Saurashtra on the second day of their group B Ranji Trophy match.
Courtesy entertaining half-centuries from Awana (61) and Narwal (65), Delhi reached a respectable first innings score of 442 in 127.2 overs.
In reply, Saurashtra reached 152/6 at stumps, 290 runs still in arrears. To save the follow-on Saurashtra still need 141 runs.
Having nicely warmed himself up with big hits, Awana (3/20) provided the initial breakthroughs while, Rajat Bhatia
(3/24), also chipped in with useful scalps rocking the middle order.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir (147) could add only 24 to his overnight score of 123 before being run out while going for a
The skipper’s knock lasted seven hours and 10 minutes, facing 308 balls with 18 boundaries and two sixes. With Awana, he added 54 for the seventh wicket.
Once Gambhir was gone with the scoreboard reading 313 for seven, Awana started chancing his arms and he was able to plonk his front foot and hit through the line. Six fours and three sixes were hit in 69 deliveries as he took the team score past 350.
When Awana was finally out, Delhi were nine down for 368, but left-hander Narwal had other ideas. He has a Ranji Trophy century under his belt and he showed his big-hitting prowess with five sixes and three fours. With Navdeep Saini (13), Narwal added 74 runs for the final wicket.
Three of his five sixes were hit off left-arm spinner Dharmendra Jadeja in the arc between mid wicket and long on.
He got back-to-back reprieves, which got him a six and a four, before he became Sudeep Tyagi’s (3/95) third victim.
Awana then quickly removed openers Chirag Pathak (1) and Sagar Jogiyani (12) with fuller deliveries that were snapped up by Unmukt Chand and Puneet Bisht.
Bhatia then took two wickets to reduce Saurashtra to 79 for four. Divyaraj Chauhan (40 batting) and Arpit Vasvada (38) added 57 runs for fifth wicket before Awana removed Vasavada.
Brief Scores: Delhi 442 in 127.2 overs (Gautam Gambhir 147, Sumit Narwal 65, Parvinder Awana 61, S Tyagi 3/95) Saurashtra 152/6 in 52 overs (Divyaraj Chauhan 40 batting, Arpit Vasavada 38, P Awana 3/20, Rajat Bhatia 3 /24).
Haryana take slender lead against Punjab
Jayant Yadav scored an unbeaten half-century as Haryana managed to take a slender 10-run first-innings lead over Punjab on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group B.
In reply to Punjab’s first innings total of 273, Haryana were all out for 283 in their first essay.
At stumps, Punjab were 21 for no loss in their second innings with openers Manan Vohra (11) and Jiwanjot Singh (10) at the crease.
For Punjab, Rajwinder Singh (3/62) and Sarabjit Ladda (3/90) chipped with three wickets each.
Brief scores: Punjab: 273 & 21 for no loss in nine overs. Haryana 1st innings: 283 all out in 86.2 overs (Jayant Yadav 51 not out, Abhimanyu Khod 42, Amit Mishra 40; Rajwinder Singh 3/62, Sarabjit Ladda 3/90).
Gujarat in driver’s seat
Visitors Gujarat found themselves in the driver’s seat as they left Rajasthan tottering at 172 for eight after posting 340 all out in their first innings on the second day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match.
Dishant Yagnik (16) and Manjeet Singh (15) were at the crease when stumps were drawn at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium.
Gujarat medium pacers Rush Kalaraia (3 for 47), Ishwar Choudhary (3 for 52) and Kushang Patel (2 for 39), who had
started the slide by removing both the openers, made full use of the helpful conditions to rock the hosts on a track that has a tinge of grass on it.
Brief scores: Gujarat 1st innings: 340 all out 116.1 overs (Bhargav Merai 74, Priyank Panchal 68, Samit Gohel 52, Kushang Patel 46; Pankaj Singh 3/55, Shailender Gehlot 3/67, Manjeet Singh 3/92) Rajastahn 1st innings: 172 for 8 in 51 overs (Arjit Gupta 44, Rajesh Bishnoi 36; Rush Kalaria 3/47, Ishwar Chaudhary 3/52, Kushang Patel 2/39).
Biplab Samantray hits ton for Odhisa; Maharashtra strong in reply
Maharashtra made a strong reply after Biplab Samantray’s century guided Odisha to a first-innings total of 311 all out on the second day of their Group B Ranji Trophy match.
At stumps, the hosts were sitting pretty at 126 for no loss with openers Harshad Khadiwale (76) and Chirag Khurana
(48) at the crease.
In reply, the hosts looked comfortable with both their openers playing some fine shots at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
At the close of play, Maharashtra trailed by 185 runs with all their wickets intact.
Brief scores: Odisha 1st innings: 311 all out in 123.1 overs (Biplab Samantray 106, Natraj Behera 66; Shrikant Mundhe 4/103, Domnic Joseph 3/57) Maharashtra 1st innings: 126 for no loss in 56 overs (Harshad Khadiwale 76 batting, Chirag Khurana 48 batting).