Thumba: Delhi bowlers frittered away the initial advantage as Ishan Kishan's brilliant unbeaten 162 enabled Jharkhand to reach a comfortable 359 for six in a group B encounter of the Ranji Trophy, here today.
It was a day when Delhi captain Unmukt Chand used as many as nine bowlers with only Vaibhav Rawal and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant not rolling their arms over.
Left-handed Kishan played a counterattacking innings as he hit 14 boundaries and six huge sixes in his undefeated 213-ball knock.
The former India U-19 captain came in when Jharkhand were struggling at 80 for 4.
Along with experienced Ishank Jaggi (55), he added 116 runs for the fifth wicket. Jaggi played 89 balls hitting 10 fours in the process.
Once Jaggi was out, Kaushal Singh (39) gave support as he dropped anchor at one end in their 120-run stand in 28 overs for the 6th wicket with Kishan taking charge.
At St Xavier's College ground, Unmukt used his pace trio of Parvinder Awana, Vikas Tokas and Subodh Bhati extensively.
In fact, it was a forgettable day for Tokas, who went for 98 runs in 17 overs, as he was hit for sixes and fours galore. He was pulled with disdain as he dropped short on many occasion. He also bowled 8 no balls and two wides as it negated the efforts of Parvinder Awana (1/47 in 15 overs) and Subodh Bhati (2/53 in 19 overs).
The two spinners Manan Sharma (0/30 in 7 overs) and Varun Sood (2/48 in 14 overs) also didn't bowl too well.
"The bowlers started well but then bowled a lot of loose deliveries. We couldn't use our spinners effectively as they also didn't bowl to the channel. The absence of Navdeep Saini and Sumit Narwal also had a negative impact on the performance," said chief coach KP Bhaskar.
Brief Scores: Jharkhand 359/6 (Ishan Kishan 162 no, Ishank Jaggi 55, Pratyush Singh 45, Subodh Bhati 2/53, Vikas Tokas 1/98) vs Delhi.