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Delhi bowlers rock Mumbai

The last two matches have been a honeymoon period for Delhi bowlers although they have won only one and lost the other. That pleasant phase continued on Wednesday as the hosts bowled out defending champions Mumbai for 267 in their first innings on the opening day of their Super League match at the Roshanara ground. Delhi were 47 for two in reply at stumps.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2010 01:49 IST
Shalabh Manocha

The last two matches have been a honeymoon period for Delhi bowlers although they have won only one and lost the other. That pleasant phase continued on Wednesday as the hosts bowled out defending champions Mumbai for 267 in their first innings on the opening day of their Super League match at the Roshanara ground. Delhi were 47 for two in reply at stumps.

Skipper Mithun Manhas, who missed the last match due to a groin strain, lost the toss but to everyone's surprise Mumbai elected to bat. Looking at the wicket Delhi went in with an all pace attack and were rewarded in the third over as Sumit Narwal continued his good form,bowling wicketkeeper Omkar Gurav.

Ten overs later, Parvinder Awana got Praful Waghela caught behind and then got opener Sahil Kukreja caught in the slips by Shikhar Dhawan. However, he hurt his ribs and could not bowl further.

The scoreboard read 47 for 3 and the responsibility was on skipper Wasim Jaffer and Rohit Sharma to bail the team out of trouble. Jaffer, after playing a few good strokes, was caught at short midwicket for 32 trying to pull Pradeep Sangwan.

After lunch Rohit Sharma and debutant Surya Kumar Yadav stabilised the innings adding 62 for the fifth wicket. But when Sharma looked good he became Narwal's second victim for 37.

The debutant on the other hand looked unfazed and hardly played a shot in the air, completing his half-century in 53 balls. But he too paid the price for fishing outside the off stump, against a Sangwan delivery, and was held in the gully by Virat Kohli for 73.

Sangwan soon scalped Prashant Naik. The centurion from the last match Iqbal Abdulla and Ajit Agarkar then hit a few lusty blows until Narwal brought one in and trapped Abdulla in front and then dismissed Mundeep Mangela. Agarkar kept playing his shots until he was caught at covers off Sangwan.

When Delhi batted, Agarkar struck the double blow as he first got Unmukt Chand caught behind and bowled Virat Kohli four overs later, reducing Delhi to 47 for two at stumps with Shikhar Dhawan on 25 and Mithun Manhas on five.

Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar was surprised by Mumbai batting first but was disappointed his own team. "We could have bowled a little better and got them out for 200 odd runs. We did not bowl a consistent line and gave a few extra runs."