Munaf leads Rest of India fightback

September 25th, 2008 - 8:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Harbhajan SinghVadodara, Sep 25 (IANS) Munaf Patel turned the tables on Delhi with a four-wicket haul as Ranji Trophy champions collapsed for 177 in reply to Rest of India’s (ROI) 252 in the first innings on the second day of the Irani Trophy match here Thursday.ROI took a firm grip on the match as they reached 99 for one by stumps, an overall lead of 174 runs with three full days of play left at the Reliance Stadium.

Rahul Dravid (34 not out) and Subramanium Badrinath (33 not out) were at the crease after Pradeep Sangwan gave Delhi their lone breakthrough having Wasim Jaffer (21) caught off Akash Chopra.

Resuming at overnight 21 for no loss, Delhi were tottering at 131 for five at lunch after Munaf struck claiming three for 23.

Opener Gautam Gambhir (5) went in the second over of the day, caught in the slips by Dravid off Zaheer Khan.

Munaf then sent back well-settled Aakash Chopra (42), who added 58 runs with skipper Virender Sehwag (43) for the second wicket. Chopra’s 68-ball stay ended when he edged one to Mohammad Kaif at second slip.

Munaf then removed Virat Kohli (4), caught by a diving Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Sehwag played some big shots before falling to Anil Kumble, while Munaf struck again in the very next over to remove Mithun Manhas (4), also caught by Dhoni.

Harbhajan Singh (2-32) dismissed Puneet Bisht and Chetanya Nanda before Anil Kumble (2-34) wrapped up the Delhi innings, trapping Ishant Sharma leg before.

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