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Ishant Sharma sizzles for Delhi in Ranji Trophy, boosts India return chance

Ishant Sharma rattled Maharashtra with three wickets on Day 2 to put Delhi in control in a Ranji Trophy match. Ishant has a fair chance of making it to India’s playing XI in the second Test against Sri Lanka

cricket Updated: Nov 18, 2017 20:21 IST
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Ishant Sharma’s spell for Delhi reduced Maharshtra to 59/8 in a Ranji Trophy match.(Getty Images)

Ishant Sharma gave a timely reminder to the selectors with a hostile spell of fast bowling as Delhi reduced Maharashtra to 59 for 8 after scoring a healthy 419 in the first innings of a Ranji Tropohy group D encounter. (IND vs SL Day 3 HIGHLIGHTS)

Despite more than 40 overs of play being lost, Delhi have a fair chance of finishing the match by third day with visitors till 360 runs in arrears. (IND vs SL DAY 3 FULL SCORECARD)

With Bhuvneshwar Kumar not playing the second India-Sri Lanka Test due to his marriage, Ishant has a fair chance of making it to the playing XI after doing his hard yards in the Ranji Trophy.

He now has 18 wickets in his fourth game and bowled enough number of overs in more or less batting friendly wickets.

He literally intimidated the Maharashtra batsmen with his pace and bounce with IPL specialist Rahul Tripathi’s poor technique against red ball being thoroughly exposed. His figures of 6-2-14-3 is a testimony to the damage he inflicted on the psyche of the Maharashtra batsman.

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Getting the ball to rear up from three quarter, Ishant first had Ruturaj Gaikwad (0) nicking one to Rishabh Pant behind the stumps.

In his next over, it was Murtaza Trunkwala (2) who edged one to Manan Sharma in the slip cordon.

Ishant’s new ball partner Navdeep Saini then removed rival skipper Ankit Bawne (2), who cut one uppishly to Lalit Yadav at point to make it 10 for 3.

Tripathi, who was one of the finds of last IPL then had a harrowing time facing Ishant’s third over.

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Tripathi had a release shot -- backfoot punch through covers but Ishant angled one and he guided it to Rana at gully leaving Maharashtra in total disarray at 14 for 4.

Rohit Motwani (23) and Naushad Sheikh (12) then added 37 runs before the veteran keeper was dismissed by Saini.

There was a short break due to bad light but once play resumed, Maharashtra lost three quick wickets to Yadav (2/2) and Manan Sharma (1/4) for addition of only seven runs.

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Earlier, young Nitish Rana’s career-best 174 off 264 propelled Delhi past 400, it was the turn of the bowlers led by Ishant to do the star turn on the second day of the match.

Brief Scores

Group A

In Delhi: Delhi 1st Innings 419 (Nitish Rana 174, Rishabh Pant 99, Lalit Yadav 52, Satyajeet Bachchav 4/87) vs Maharashtra 1st innings 59/8 (Ishant Sharma 3/14, Lalit Yadav 2/2, Navdeep Saini 2/21)

In Guwahati: Hyderabad 1st innings 326 (BP sandeep 84, Ambati Rayudu 83, Akash Bhandari 71, Arup Das 5/112) vs Assam 1st Innings 136 (Gokul Sharma 39, Mohammed Mudassir 5/36) and (f/o) 36/2.

In Kanpur: Karnataka 642/7 (Dega Nishcal 195, Manish Pandey 238, Mayank Agarwal 90, Karun Nair 62, Imtiaz Ahmed 3/101)

Group B

At Surat Rajasthan 153 (C Gaja 8/40) v Gujarat 450/3 (P Panchal 152, P Patel 119*, B Merai 110)

At Rohtak Haryana 184 (A Mishra 41, R Dayal 5/57) v Jammu and Kashmir 175/7 (A Bandy 67, A Hooda 2/38)

At Thumba Kerala 225 & 69/1 v Saurashtra 232 (R Uthappa 86, S Joseph 4/43)

Group C

At Ongole Mumbai 332 (P Shaw114, B Ayyappa 4/110) V Andhra Pradesh 74/2 (G Vihari 29*)

At Vadodara Baroda 503 (N Rathva 115, V Solanki 109, B Mohanty 5/85) v Odisha 64/2

At Indore Madhya Pradesh 264 (A Sharma 77, K Vignesh 4/32) v Tamil Nadu 191/6 (N Jagadeesan 94, I Pandey 3/36)

Group D

At Raipur Chhattisgarh 130 (D Pathania 4/45, V Yadav 3/10) & 24/0 v Services 272 (S Hathwala 76, S Hussain 5/59)

At Porvorim Goa 239 (K Vaz 72, A Wakhare 4/50 v Vidarbha 199/2 (R Sanjay 87, W Jaffer 70*)

At Amritsar Punjab 147 (B Amit 3/31, P Pramanik 3/41) v Bengal 303/3 (A Raman 149*, A Easwaran 117)

First Published: Nov 18, 2017 20:20 IST