Manhas, Bhatia revive Delhi; Mumbai restricted to 330

November 17th, 2008 - 10:12 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Mithun Manhas and Rajat Bhatia rescued Delhi from a first-innings collapse, after their medium-pacers ran through Mumbai batting, claiming the last eight wickets for 51 runs with the second new ball, on day two of the Ranji Trophy Super League match at Feroz Shah Kotla here Monday. Delhi were 176 for four at stumps with Manhas batting on 72 (161 minutes, 114 balls, 13×4) and Bhatia 45 (107 min., 69 balls, 7×4) in reply to Mumbai’s 330.

Mumbai, resuming at a strong 279 for two, were rattled by the new ball taken in the third over this morning. Overnight pair of Anjinkya Rahane 160 (340 min, 264 balls, 23×4) and Amol Muzumdar 83 ( 265 min,179 balls, 9×4) were dismissed in quick succession and that opened the flood gates.

Muzumdar was trapped leg before by Pradeep Sangwan and seven balls later Rahane departed when he stabbed at an outgoing delivery of Sumit Narwal to be caught behind.

Once Muzumdar and Rahane left, none of the remaining Mumbai batsmen had any clue to the swing of Delhi fast bowlers and their first-innings ended shortly before lunch. Narwal, who replaced the for more experienced Amit Bhandari in this match, finished as Delhi’s most successful bowler with four for 43. Parvinder Awana took three for 77.

Delhi got off to an ominious start and with the the Mumbai fast bowlers getting help from the pitch, they soon found themselves staring down the barrel. India bowler Ajit Agarkar clipped the bails of opener Shikar Dhawan (1), with just six runs on board. Skipper Akash Chopra (16) added 30 runs with Mayank Tehlan (21) before edging to wicket-keeper Vinayak Samant off young Dhaval Kulkarni. Tehlan followed him soon lbw to medium-pacer Usman Malvi.

Aditya Jain began with cover-driven four off Agarkar, but the Mumbaikar bowled him with the next delivery.

With Delhi reeling at 79 for four, Manhas and Bhatia batted with poise to steady the tottering innings. They took their time to settle down and once they had the measure of the Mumbai attack, they batted freely to add 99 runs for the unfinished fifth wicket partnership before play was called off for bad light with 13 overs still to be bowled.

The tussle for the first innings lead will resume Tuesday with the Mumbai bowlers hoping to exploit the hazy conditions Tuesday morning like Delhi bowlers did this day.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 330 (A. Rahane 160, A. Muzumdar 83, Sumit Narwal 4 for 43, Parvinder Awana 3 for 77) Delhi 176 for four (Mithun Manhas 72 batting, Rajat Bhatia 45 batting, Ajit Agarkar 2 for 46).

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