It took all of 23.4 overs and a little less than two hours for the Delhi seamers to skittle out Gujarat for a paltry 71 in the first innings of their Ranji Trophy third round match at the Ferozeshah Kotla. In reply, Delhi were 39 without loss when bad light stopped play on Wednesday.
Despite the overcast conditions, captain Parthiv Patel opted to bat. He obviously did not foresee the disaster awaiting the side in the first hour of play.
Opener Jay Desai had faced just seven deliveries when 21-year-old Pawan Suyal trapped him in front of the wicket.
Priyank Panchal, The other opener, followed in the next over trying to poke at a delivery outside off stump only to edge it to wicketkeeper Punit Bisht off Sumit Narwal.
Bisht went onto take four more catches as the trio of Suyal, Narwal and Pradeep Sangwan made the most of the conditions.
Though Niraj Patel showed some resistance during his knock of 21, which contained five boundaries, the rest of the batsmen caved in meekly. Once Sangwan picked up Parthiv's wicket and returned in the next over to knock down Niraj's stumps, Gujarat were tottering at 35 for four.
The middle order, however, buckled with Suyal picking up three in quick succession and Narwal returned to polish off the tail to finish off with three wickets.
Despite the accolades, Sangwan who also finished with three wickets, felt it was too early to celebrate. "We did not expect such success with the ball early on, and it feels good.
The ball was nipping when we began and perhaps the Gujarat batsman failed to adapt. I hope our batsman do better," he said.
Though the conditions did favour the seamers, Delhi openers Shikhar Dhawan and debutant Unmukt Chand showed good temperament to stitch together 39.
Dhawan hit five boundaries for his 24 while Unmukt looked on form with three hits on a day when International Cricket Council's pitch consultant, Andy Atkinson, made an appearance at the ground.