Delhi loses initiative in drawn match

Chennai: In a match ruled by spinners with host bowler Ashwin scalping 11 wickets, Delhi lost the initiative to win from a good position but gained three points on their first innings lead from their drawn tie on the final day of the Ranji Trophy super league group A match her on Saturday.

Resuming at overnight score of 122 for 2, Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan stood firm resisting the host spinners, Ashwin and Aushik Srinivas while other batsmen, including Virat Kohli made a hash of things, losing their wickets.

With a 110-run first innings cushion, Delhi mustered only 209 in their second innings, leaving Tamil Nadu to make 320 runs in 59 overs for a win. Tamil Nadu were 143 for 3 in 44 overs when the match was called off.

Delhi thus have four points from two matches, while Tamil Nadu have six, including the lone point from this match from their two matches this season so far.

At one stage, Tamil Nadu, at 87 without loss in 19 overs were in dire straits losing three top order batsmen for just five runs with off spinner Manoj Chauhan doing the damage.

Chauhan dismissed S Anirudha (28 2x4, 1x6) wrapping him on the pads in the first ball of the 19th over and then scalped Arun Karthik in the fourth ball for a duck. He played a sweep shot but gave a top edge to Virat Kohli at first slip, who ran in behind the wicket keeper to grab the catch.

Three overs later, Chauhan scalped a well settled Abhinav Mukund, who edged to Virat Kohli at slips while trying to cut. He made an elegant 59 (82wb, 8X4) and Tamil Nadu were 92 for 3 in 23.4 overs.

Later first innings centuriion S Badrinath and captain and wicket keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik displayed caution and held on gamely till the match was called off at the end of 44th over. Chauhan finished with 3 for 42.

When match was drawn, Badrinath was on 25 (2 x 4) and Dinesh Karthik on 23 ( 2 fours).

Earlier, off spinner R Ashwin sparkled with his guile and and consistency, dimissing eight Delhi batsmen, while left arm spinner Aushik Srinivas took 3 for 40. Injured Rajat Bhatia did not bat in Delhi second innings.

The host spinners bowled unchanged to restrict Delhi, who lost seven batsmen for addition of only 87 runs in 28.5 overs.

Ashwin had a rich haul of 11 wickets for 181 runs, including six second innings wickets conceding 87 runs.

For Delhi, Mithun Minhas (33, 2x4; 2x6) and Parvinder Awana (21, 3x4) were the other main scorers.

Brief Scores: Delhi 318 and 209 (Chetan Sharma 22, S Dhawan 88, Mithun Minhan 33, Parvinder Awana 21, R.Ashwin six for 87 and Aushik Srinivas 3 for 40) drew with Tamil Nadu 208 and 143 for 3 (A.Mukund 59, S.Anirudha 28, S.Badrinath not out 25, Dinesh Karthik Not Out 23,Manoj Chauhan 3 for 42).


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