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Ranji Trophy, Group A: Gambhir, Unmukt shine; Haryana suffer late order collapse on Day 2

Skipper Gambhir took charge in the second essay with a fighting unbeaten 77 and added 166 for the opening stand with Unmukt who struck 84.

Press Trust of India |October 2, 2015, 8:11 PM IST
Ranji Trophy, Group A: Gambhir, Unmukt shine; Haryana suffer late order collapse on Day 2

Jaipur: Skipper Gautam Gambhir in company of his deputy Unmukt Chand got into a damage control mode with fighting half-centuries as Delhi put up a much improved performance on the second day of their Ranji Trophy match against Rajasthan taking their overall lead to 74 runs.

After being skittled out for 138 on the opening day, the Delhi bowlers did a decent job to restrict Rajasthan to 240 keeping the first innings lead to 102. Delhi gave a better account of themselves finishing the day at 176 for one.

Skipper Gambhir took charge in the second essay with a fighting unbeaten 77 and added 166 for the opening stand with Unmukt who struck 84.

While Gambhir's 146-ball knock had eight boundaries as he was very cautious knowing that a lot rests on his experienced shoulders. Unmukt, also displayed maturity during his 147-ball stay at the wicket that yielded 13 boundaries and a six.

The former India U-19 captain should have got a century but was caught behind off Manjeet Singh's bowling.

At close of play, nightwatchman Pradeep Sangwan (6 batting) was giving Gambhir company.

Even though Rajasthan got a handy 102-run first innings lead, it seems that the match will have an outright result.

Delhi might fancy their chances if they can set a target of 225 for Rajasthan in their fourth innings chase.

Rajasthan started the day at 74 for three and the two overnight batsmen Ashok Menaria (38) and Puneet Yadav (46) took the hosts past Delhi's first innings score of 138.

Having added 71 runs for the fourth wicket, Parvinder Awana (2/24 in 14 overs) removed Puneet caught by Milind Kumar.

In his very next over, Awana removed Menaria, who nicked one to Mohit Ahlawat behind stumps.

Having lost two set batsmen in quick succession, Rajasthan were dealt a third blow as Rajesh Bishnoi (0) was trapped leg before by Sumit Narwal.

The home team were reduced to 143 for six after which Dishant Yagnik (40) and bowling hero Deepak Chahar (50) frustrated the visiting team bowlers with a 87 run stand.

It was a whirlwind counterattacking stand in only 13.3 overs as Chahar hit six fours and three sixes and Yagnik had seven boundaries to his credit.

But at 230 for six, there was another collapse as left-arm spinner Manan Sharma (3/59) wiped off the tail after part-time offie Milind Kumar ended the partnership cleaning up Chahar.

Brief Scores: Delhi 138 & 2nd Innings 176 for 1 (Gautam Gambhir 77 batting, Unmukt Chand 84). Rajasthan 1st innings: 240 (Deepak Chahar 50, Puneet Yadav 46, Dishant Yagnik 40, Sumit Narwal 3 for 47, Parvinder Awana 2 for 24).

Haryana suffer late order collapse

In Pune, Haryana lost their last four wickets for only four runs as only 19.1 overs of play was possible due to inclement weather on the second day against Maharashtra.

Haryana were all-out in their first innings 335 after starting the day at 303 for six. At stumps, Maharashtra were 7 for no loss in three overs.

While Virender Sehwag hogged the limelight on the first day with his strokefilled 92, the second day was all about bad weather conditions.

Himanshu Rana (157) started the day with Jayant Yadav (29) as the duo took the score to 331 having added 87 runs for the seventh wicket.

Rana was unfortunately run-out having hit 21 boundaries in 271 balls in a knock that was shade under seven hours.

Disaster struck haryana as from 331 for six, they slumped to 331 for nine before being bowled out for 335.

Brief Scores: Haryana 1st innings: 335 in 106.1 overs (Himanshu Rana 157, Virender Sehwag 92, Samad Fallah 3 for 78, Nikit Dhumal 3 for 55). Maharashtra 1st innings 7 for 0 in 3 overs.

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