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Ranji Trophy, Group B: Awana, Saini give Delhi opening day honours

Parvinder Awana and Navdeep Saini combined well to bag seven wickets between themselves and helped Delhi bundle out Rajasthan for 141 in their Group B match on Sunday.

Press Trust of India |December 21, 2014, 6:21 PM IST
Ranji Trophy, Group B: Awana, Saini give Delhi opening day honours

New Delhi: Medium-pacers Parvinder Awana and Navdeep Saini combined well to bag seven wickets between themselves and helped Delhi bundle out Rajasthan for 141 in their Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match, here on Sunday.

Put in to field at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the four-day encounter, the Delhi bowlers utilised the murky conditions to their advantage as Awana (4-15) and Saini (3-31) led the attack with aplomb and only saw some resistance from Rajasthan middle-order batsman Rajesh Bishnoi (57).

The decision to bat first by the visitors did come as a bit of surprise, but skipper and pace spearhead Pankaj Singh's absence seemed to be the reason behind the move as Ashok Menaria-led the side.

With the match starting an hour late, the Rajasthan openers, Saraf (0 in 37 balls) and Vineet Saxena (17 off 53 balls) started over-cautiously but the strategy backfired after the score read 31 for two at lunch.

The fall of wickets did not improve after the lunch session and Rajasthan took tea struggling at 95 for six.

Bishnoi and and Aristh Singhvi (28) then stitched together a seventh-wicket 46-run stand to improve things for the visitors.

But just when the sun seemed to be smiling on the batting side at 141 for six, Awana and Saini rattled the Rajasthan tail to pick the final four wickets without a run being scored. The visitors lost four wickets in just 11 balls.

Pace spearhead Sumit Narwal, medium-pacer Rajat Bhatia, left-arm spinner Varun Sood and off-spinner Shivam Sharma also played their parts by picking up a wicket each.

Shivam's delivery to send back wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik (4) was the delivery of the day when his big-turning off-spinner bamboozled the left-handed batsman to send him back to the pavilion.

But Menaria and company had something to cheer about after left-arm pacer Aniket Chowdhary cleaned up opposition skipper Gautam Gambhir for a second-ball duck.

The hosts were 10 for one at stumps with Varun Sood and Unmukt Chand battling on.

Vidarbha 101/3 against Haryana as bad light suspends play on Day 1

Rohtak: Vidarbha reached 101/3 in 47 overs before play was called off due to bad weather in their Group B Ranji Trophy match. Sent into bat at the Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Lahli, Faiz Fazal and Shalabh Shrivastava were batting on 42 and 10 respectively.

Only 47 overs were possible as play had to be called off due to poor visibility. Opener Fazal struck four boundaries while facing 123 balls.

The visitors lost opener Sanjay Ramswamy (0) with just three runs on the board, before Ganesh Satish departed for 23 with the help of three boundaries. Skipper Subramaniam Badrinath made 20 off 45 balls with the help of three fours.

Patel bags four wickets to bundle out Saurashtra for 207

Rajkot: Axar Patel took a four-wicket haul, even as Saurashtra batsmen continued their lacklustre batting performance to be bundled out for a meagre 207 against Gujarat.

Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Shah won the toss and elected to bat but only Sheldon Jackson could resist the Gujarat bowling attack, led by promising Patel (4 for 72) at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium Khandheri. Having lost their opening match against Delhi and gaining just one point against Rajasthan, Saurashtra are eyeing a comeback on the home ground.

Medium Pacer Krushang Patel gave Gujarat an early breakthrough dismissing Bhushan Chauhan (3), while Patel dismissed Sagar Jogiyani (26) and trapped Arpit Vasavada on 16 to give Gujarat an upper hand. Jackson then tried hard to stabilise the innings before getting dismissed for a well-made 48 off 138 balls, hitting three fours and a six.

Kamlesh Makwana (26 not out) and Siddharth Trivedi (26) then put on a solid 44 runs for the ninth wicket together. Apart from left-arm spinner Axar Patel, Krushang Patel also managed to grab important wickets, taking two for 44. At stumps, Gujarat were three for no loss in two overs with Samit Gohil (0) and Priyank Patel (3) at the crease.

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