New Delhi: Seamer Sumit Narwal dismissed in-form Sridharan Sriram in the final hour of the second day as Assam scored 118 for two in reply to Delhi’s challenging first innings score of 472 in a fifth round Ranji Trophy Super League (Group A) match being played at the Roshnara ground.
With two days left, Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar would fancy that his wards will stick to a disciplined line on a track that will definitely help the pace trio of Narwal, Pawan Suyal and Pradeep Sangwan as Assam still need 355 runs to gain first innings lead.
Assam’s outstation pros Sriram (44, 87 balls, 7x4) and opener Dheeraj Jadhav (42 batting, 141 balls, 4x4) added 95 runs for the second wicket after left-arm pacer Suyal dismissed opener Shib Shankar Roy (10) as the ball jumped on him as he snicked it to wicketkeeper Puneet Bisht.
Jadhav and Sriram especially the later scored some quick runs off the new ball with some good shots as well as a few streaky boundaries.
Just when it looked like that they would survive the new ball, Sriram shouldered arms to a Narwal delivery that moved in a shade late to clip the off stump bail.
Skipper Amol Mujumdar (4 batting) survived a confident leg-before appeal from Suyal.
Earlier, it was Pradeep Sangwan’s (76, 63 balls, 14x4, 1x6) lusty hitting and his ninth wicket partnership of 72 with Vikash Mishra (4) helped Delhi reach a commanding score of 472 after they had slumped to 400 for eight from 381 for five.
Skipper Mithun Manhas (124, 219 balls, 13x4, 1x6) and Mayank Tehlan (83, 177 balls, 10x4) started the day at 332 for five took the score to 381 before medium pacer Ranjit Mali (3/129) breached through the defences of Manhas.
Narwal (2) didn’t survive long as he was caught by Dhiraj Goswami off Mali.
Tehlan who looked confident in company of Manhas was unusually subdued as he snicked one off Mali to ‘keeper Rajdeep Das.
However Sangwan showed a lot of positive intent as he started hitting the bowlers. With second new ball still fairly hard, it was easier for Sangwan to muscle the ball through the gaps including a few thick edges which flew past the slip cordon.
Coach Prabhakar is hopeful that if they can get rid of Jadhav and Amol, Delhi will definitely have the upperhand tomorrow.
“This is a seaming wicket where you can score runs but if you don’t have the ability to leave the deliveries in the off-stump channel, it can be trouble. Apart from Jadhav and Amol, there aren’t too many experienced players. So we should definitely get these two early tomorrow,” the coach said.