Green top backfires on Delhi against Orissa in Ranji tieNovember 29th, 2008 - 10:28 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) Delhi’s decision to prepare a green wicket against Orissa backfired after they were wiped out for a meagre 78 in their first innings on the opening day of the Elite Division Ranji Trophy League at the Roshanara Ground here Saturday.Though Ishant Sharma with a seven-wicket haul led the hosts’ fight-back, he could not stop Orissa from taking the first innings lead - even if by onl two runs.
By the close of first day’s play, Delhi were struggling at 38 for four in their second innings with Virender Sehwag batting on 27 and Rajat Bhatia on one.
On a dramatic first day, 24 wickets fell which speak volumes about the sting in the track.
Put in to bat first, Delhi despite being bolstered by the presence of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were blown away by the pace of Orissa bowlers. The fact that Sehwag’s 17 were the highest by a Delhi batsmen reveal their misery on the pacy track.
Orissa fast bowlers Debasis Mohanty (3-26) Sukanta Khatua (3-17), Basanth Mohanty (3-25) shared the wickets to send the hosts packing in the just 25.2 overs.
Orissa’s innings fared no better with as many as seven of their batsmen returning to the pavilion without opening their account. Ishant exploited the seam conditions to perfection, swiping bulk of the Orissa batting. Only opener B.S.Pati (32) showed the grit to combat the Delhi attack.
Things looked no better for Delhi in their second innings with Orissa bowlers once again getting early breakthroughs. Khatua picked up two for 10.
According to Delhi coach Vijay Dahiya, it is the hosts’ top order which put them down.
“Since we had two draws, we desperately wanted a win. That is why we wanted a green pitch. But unfortunately our top-order failed to apply themselves properly. But I am still hopeful anything above hundred will be a winning target,” he said.
Brief scores: Delhi 78 all out (Virender Sehwag 17; Debasis Monhanty 3-26, Basanth Mohanty 3-25, Sukanta Khatua 3-17); and 38 for four (Virender Sehwag 27, Rajat Bhatia 1; Sukanta Khatua 2-10)
Orissa 80 all out (B. S. Pati 32, Ishant Sharma 7-24).