Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar had a simple mantra for his bowlers. Pitch it in the right areas and the ball will move. Sumit Narwal did exactly that on Friday morning and destroyed Railways batting, capturing seven wickets in the Ranji Trophy Super League match at the Roshanara ground.
However, Delhi batsmen fared no better against the seaming ball and were four wickets down chasing 136 runs to win. The day began on a horrible note for Railways as they lost openers Faiz Fazal and Shreyas Khanolkar, who hit a hundred in the first innings, in the first three overs with Narwal doing the damage. Fazal was caught behind on the first ball of the innings, while Khanolkar was trapped in front of the stumps.
Railways had begun rebuilding when Narwal struck again to dismiss Rakesh Mishra. Moments later, Harshad Rawle too edged Narwal to the slips. Bangar, who was dropped twice in the slips, stabilised the innings with keeper Mahesh Rawat, and went into lunch at 91 for four.
The duo had added 90 runs for the fifth wicket when Narwal came back for his third spell, and had Rawat caught behind for 50. He then rattled Bangar's stumps when he was on 67. Narwal accounted for experienced JP Yadav to complete his tally of seven wickets.
Pradeep Sangwan chipped in by first running out Dhiren Salvi (18) and then dismissing Murali Kartik. Vikas Mishra completed the formalities by removing Amit Mishra to restrict Railways to 166.
Despite his career-best first class haul, Narwal was still left a touch disappointed: "I bowled well as the ball swung all through the day but I am disappointed not finishing with a ten wicket haul in the match."
Delhi, however, made heavy weather of the chase and were four down with Rajat Bhatia and Gaurav Chabra at the crease. Shikhar Dhawan, Aditya Jain, Mayak Tehlan and Unmukt Chand fell without contributing much.