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Abdulla leaves Delhi knockout hopes in a spin

Mumbai dominated the second day of their Ranji Trophy Super league match against Delhi at the Roshanara ground here on Thursday.

india Updated: Dec 17, 2010 00:31 IST

Mumbai dominated the second day of their Ranji Trophy Super league match against Delhi at the Roshanara ground here on Thursday.

The visitors bowled out the hosts for 201, an hour and twenty minutes after lunch, to take the first innings lead. That left Delhi, who need a victory to qualify for the knockout, in deeper trouble. Surprisingly, five of the eight Delhi batsmen who were out today were dismissed by left arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla on a seaming track. At stumps Mumbai were 74 for 2, to lead by 140 runs.

Resuming on their overnight score of 47 for two, Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Mithun Manhas started cautiously. Just when they were looking set, Dhawan fished outside the off stump and was held brilliantly at third slip by Rohit Sharma for 32.

Manhas felt a little giddy during his innings and got a runner. He now had to anchor the innings with Mayank Tehlan. To an extent they were successful as the skipper dispatched the bad balls for boundaries and Tehlan ran well between the wickets

Manhas, who hit a century against Assam on a green track at the same venue, completed his fifty but was bowled by paceman Avishkar Salvi for 66 as he shaped for a cut and five minutes later, Abdulla scalped Tehlan for 29, reducing Delhi to 152 for five at lunch.

After the break, 'the Abdulla show' continued as Rajat Bhatia was held at short mid-wicket, his third failure in a row. Wicketkeeper Punit Bisht also did not last long and gave an easy return catch to Abdulla. Sumit Narwal became the fourth victim of the spinner.

At 178 for 8 Delhi hoped for another cameo from Pradeep Sangwan but Abdulla had him caught at silly point to complete his second five-wicket haul of the season. Parvinder Awana hit four fours but misued to pull against Salvi and gave a simple catch to the bowler, conceding Mumbai a lead of 66 runs.

Abdulla said he aimed to contain the batsmen but got wickets in the bargain. "Looking at the wicket my main aim was to support the pacers and put a check on scoring but I got good bounce which helped me get those wickets," said the 20-year-old who shifted from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh to Mumbai to pursue his playing career.

However, Delhi had something to cheer at stumps. Sangwan got Omkar Gurav caught behind after the openers had added a 50-run partnership.

Three overs later, Narwal removed Praful Waghela in similar fashion.

Manhas felt his team can still stage a fightback if they pick up early wickets on Friday. "If we get Wasim Jaffer and Rohit Sharma early, anything can happen."