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Delhi cement lead

india Updated: Nov 18, 2010 23:22 IST
Shubhodeep Chakravarty
Shubhodeep Chakravarty
Hindustan Times
Shubhodeep Chakravarty

Delhi extended their dominance on Day Two of their match against Gujarat on Thursday, scoring 248 for three to extend their first innings lead to 177. The hosts had bowled out the visitors for a paltry 71 on the opening day.

Commencing on their overnight 39, openers Shikhar Dhawan (24) and Unmukt Chand (15) began well, albeit after a slightly delayed start, and looked at ease against a probing Gujarat attack, which tested them outside the off stump.

The bowlers, however, failed to force the experienced Dhawan into committing errors for most part of the day. The left-hander was patient during his unbeaten knock of 116 while the debutant Chand provided good support as the duo constructed a 99-run opening partnership.

The post-lunch session was comparatively more fruitful for Parthiv Patel's side. A lapse in concentration from Chand gave Siddharth Trivedi his first wicket — a rising delivery had the batsman edging it to Parthiv behind the stumps.

Delhi suffered a jolt when back-to-back centurion Virat Kohli (6) returned to the pavilion.

A soft dismissal, Kohli lofted an Ishwar Choudhary delivery to shortish cover where Pratharesh Parmar completed the simplest of catches. Skipper Mithun Manhas followed two overs later, edging a Choudhary delivery.

With Delhi at 124-3, Gujarat looked set to make inroads into the batting. The spin of Salil Yadav was also made use of although at 4.38 runs an over, he was on the expensive side.

Dhawan managed to keep his nerves and though a dropped catch at mid-off, while he was in the 70s, gave him a lifeline, the century was a culmination of patience, concentration and right shot selection throughout the day.

Yogesh Nagar, who slammed eight boundaries and the only six of the match to finish the day on 69, ably supported the opener.

Though fading light brought proceedings at the Ferozeshah Kotla to a close, Dhawan looked eager to build on his score. "I am glad I completed my century. The ball was swinging a bit and there were occasions where I tried to quicken the pace and made errors. But the final score is satisfying," he said, not forgetting to praise Chand and Nagar for their concentration.