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Delhi in command thanks to Sangwan blitzkrieg

cricket Updated: Dec 03, 2010 00:24 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
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Had it not been for the batting abilities of medium pacer Pradeep Sangwan, Delhi would have struggled to cross the 400-run mark.

The lanky bowler smashed a brisk 76 and stitched together a 91-run partnership with Vikas Mishra for the ninth wicket to help Delhi post a total of 472 runs in first innings against Assam here on Thursday.

Resuming at an overnight score of 332 for 5, Delhi found the going tough in the first hour of the morning.

Assam medium pacer Ranjit Mali quickly removed last night's centurion Mithun Manhas (124) and half centurion Mayank Tehlan (83). The duo had put on 194 for the sixth wicket before they were separated. Sumit Narwal, the next batsman, too fell soon, reducing Delhi to 383 for 7.

Narwal's dismissal brought Sangwan to the crease, and he smashed a quickfire half-century to take Delhi to a big total. Sangwan struck fourteen boundaries and one six before he was cleaned up by Abu Nachim.

"I played my natural game. That's how I play and I am glad I could pull if off today to help my team," said an elated Sangwan.

After amassing a good total, Delhi needed their bowlers to carry on the good work and pick up a few quick wickets.

They did manage to pick up two wickets in the 42 overs they bowled, but that didn't satisfy their coach Manoj Prabhakar. "We could have bowled better and used the conditions. But S. Sriram and Dheeraj Jhadav batted well," he said.

Pawan Suyal gave Delhi an early breakthrough when he forced opener Shiv Shankar Roy to edge one to the wicketkeeper. Jhadav and Sriram, however, stalled the Delhi charge and batted with maturity to add 95 runs for the second wicket.

Narwal removed Sriram (44) to give Delhi their second wicket.

Assam were 118 for 2 in 42 overs when bad light stopped play, with Jadhav unbeaten on 42 along with Amol Mazumdar on 4.