Delhi take upperhand as Haryana batting collapses

Updated: Nov 04, 2011, 20:57 PM IST

New Delhi: Milind Kumar and Rajat Bhatia`s unbeaten half-centuries put Delhi in command after the host bowlers dismissed Haryana for 293 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Elite (Group B) match on Friday.

Milind (84) and Bhatia (57) shared an unbroken 98-run partnership for the fourth wicket as Delhi reached 214 for three in reply to Haryana`s 293.

Haryana, resuming at 256 for seven, were bowled out quickly with Pradeep Sangwan completing a five-wicket haul scalping two of the last three visiting wickets to fall.

Sangwan completed impressive figures of 5/67 in the 22.5 overs he bowled. Parvinder Awana supported him well with three wickets from his 27 overs conceding 95 runs.

In reply, Delhi didn`t make a great start either and opener Unmukt Chand fell with the total reading 38. Unmukt, who made 24, was clean bowled by Sachin Rana.

Shikhar Dhawan didn`t last long either and contributed just 16 runs to the total before being sent back by Amit Vashisht.

In walked Milind and together with Mithun Manhas (29), steadied the ship with a 64-run partnership for the third wicket.

Manhas departed after a 68-ball knock that included four boundaries but Milind continued the steady build-up to what seems like a strong reply, and he was ably supported by Bhatia.

Milind struck 12 fours in his knock that has so far taken 194 balls, while Bhatia`s 57 came off 109 deliveries with nine boundaries.

Brief Scores:

Haryana 1st innings: 256/7

Delhi 1st innings: 214/3 in 73 overs (Milind Kumar 84 batting, Rajat Bhatia 57 batting).

PTI