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Visitors hold the edge as carnage continues

cricket Updated: Dec 08, 2011 01:24 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
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Delhi are playing an away match but just before the tea break on Wednesday, it seemed as if they were the hosts, given the number of supporters thronging the dressing room.

The sudden interest was aroused by the appearance of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, who had taken time off after practice before the fourth ODI against the West Indies, to visit their state side.

The duo's presence did not seem to make a difference as Delhi finished the second day of their Ranji Trophy Elite Group match at 238 for seven, a lead of 240 against Madhya Pradesh.

Delhi managed to dismiss the hosts two runs short of their first innings' 158, but started poorly again as opener Unmukt Chand fell leg before to T Sudhindra.

Shikhar Dhawan and Puneet Bisht tried to stabilise the innings, and even appeared to have settled down before Bisht nicked Sudhindra to Harpreet Singh at second slip on the last ball before lunch. Dhawan departed soon after the break after he failed to come forward to one that kept low and was bowled.

With not too many on the board, Delhi had buckled again, but veterans Rajat Bhatia and Mithun Manhas added 50 more.

Bhatia was caught behind (off Ishwar Pandey) at the stroke of tea but a resilient Manhas, mixing caution with aggression, took the total past the 150-run mark with a 60-run stand with Yogesh Nagar. The skipper missed his second century of the season by three runs when he was caught in the slips while attempting to cut leggie Asif Ali.