Delhi desperately needed a spark of brilliance from someone to get back into the game after a forgettable opening day. On Tuesday morning, they didn't have to wait long for it as Sumit Narwal rose to the occasion and picked up three quick wickets to halt Bengal's charge.
Narwal's spell breathed a new lease of life into the Delhi attack and they bowled out Bengal for 473 - a decent effort considering that the visitors were 313 for two at the end of Day 1 of their Ranji Trophy Elite Division Group A tie. Delhi finished the day at 89 for 1, with Virat Kohli (51no) and Shikhar Dhawan (33no) holding the fort.
The Delhi bowlers hit the right line and length from the outset and the rewards didn't take long in coming. Parwinder Awana started a mini collapse, removing overnight century-maker Arindam Das for 156. Narwal then got down to business and dealt three telling blows in quick time to reduce Bengal to 357 for six. A defiant 98-run partnership between Wriddhiman Saha and Saurasish Lahiri helped Bengal reach the total they eventually did. As the bowlers bowled in the right areas, the wicket that had looked pretty listless the previous day showed some life and better bounce.
Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar said they were done in by a replaced ball the previous day.
“The original ball went out of shape, and our bowlers struggled to grip the replaced ball, which was chosen by the umpires," Prabhakar said.
Warning for Virat
Virat Kohli was let off with a warning. He exchanged some heated words with the umpire while Delhi were fielding.