New Delhi: Veteran pacer Ajit Agarkar dismissed the two in-form batsmen Unmukt Chand and the talented Virat Kohli as Delhi were 47 for two at stumps on the first day in reply to Mumbai’s modest first innings score of 267 in the final Ranji Trophy group league encounter being played at the Roshanara Club ground.
While last match’s centurion Unmukt (11) was out edging one to wicketkeeper Omkar Gurav, Virat was bowled by the veteran pacer in the last delivery of his sixth and team’s 11th over. The ball was a shooter and the ODI star couldn’t keep it out.
However Shikhar Dhawan (25 batting, 56 balls, 5x4) and skipper Mithun Manhas (5 batting) were at crease when stumps were drawn.
Earlier, Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer opted to bat on a seaming track as hosts introduced a four-pronged pace attack.
Save debutant Suryakumar Yadav who smashed his way to 73 off only 89 deliveries with the help of 15 boundaries, none of the top-order batsmen stayed for long.
The slide started as early third over when Sumit Narwal cleaned up Omkar Gurav (1). Parwinder Awana who bowled only 5.4 overs then sent back Prashant Waghela (10) and Sahil Kukreja (27) before skipper Jaffer (32) and Rohit Sharma (37) steadied the ship. From three for 47, they took the score to 94 before Jaffer was caught by Mayank Tehlan off Pradeep Sangwan’s bowling.
However Surya and Rohit added 62 runs for the fifth wicket before the latter edged one to Puneet Bisht off Narwal’s bowling.
It was due to some lusty blows from Agarkar (35, 3x4, 2x6) and Iqbal Abdullah (31, 6x4) that Mumbai crossed the 250-run mark.