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Late wickets help Delhi

cricket Updated: Nov 04, 2011 02:28 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
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You could sleep and not miss much. That was story of the first two sessions but it changed in the last six overs of Day 1 of the Ranji Trophy Super League match between Delhi and Haryana at the Roshanara ground here. At stumps, Haryana were on the mat at 256/7.

Left-arm pacer Pradeep Sangwan had bowled on both sides of the wicket in the morning but came back well and castled Sachin Rana when he looked set to get a ton. Priyank Tehlan followed, held by wicketkeeper Punit Bisht playing wide outside the off stump to Parwinder Awana.

Debutant left-hander Abhimanyu Khod, who had looked impressive, got out like Tehlan, giving Sangwan his second wicket. He was out for 68.

"I missed a big one, I batted well for most part of my innings but then a little lapse in concentration because of the wickets falling regularly at the other end led to my downfall," said the 21-year-old from Bhurtwala village in Sirsa. Khod had scored centuries in consecutive games for Haryana Under-22.

Sangwan scalped Dhruv Singh with what proved to be the last ball of the day after play ended one over early.

In the morning, Delhi skipper Mithun Manhas opted to field thinking the tinge of green on the track would help his pacers, but Sangwan and Awana were not consistent enough. As many as eight players made their first-class debut: Rishit Saini, Milind Kumar and Pawan Negi for Delhi and Prateek Pawar, Tehlan, Amit Vashisht, Harshad Patel and Khod for Haryana without skipper Amit Mishra who did not play because of a foot injury. Rahul Dewan lead in his absence.

Left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra got the first breakthrough when Shikhar Dhawan pouched Haryana opener Nitin Saini in slips in the twelfth over.

Dewan and Sunny Singh added 42 before the former edged one to Dhawan in slips off Rajat Bhatia. After lunch, debutant Pawan Negi took a brilliant catch at gully to dismiss Sunny Singh off Awana.

Rana and Khod then batted together for more than 41 overs putting 126 runs for the fourth wicket.