Dhawan`s five-for helps Himachal restrict UP to 197
Kanpur: Pacer Rishi Dhawan shone with a five wicket haul as Himachal Pradesh bundled out Uttar Pradesh for a paltry 197 in their first innings on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Super League Group B match here on Wednesday.
Dhawan (5/80) ripped through Uttar Pradesh`s top and middle order removing opener Digvijay Singh (22), captain Mohammad Kaif (9), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0) and Piyush Chawla (9), after the hosts were sent into bat by the visitors at the Green Park stadium.
Uttar Pradesh`s batsmen found the going tough against the pace generated by the trio of Dhawan, Anurag Thakur (2/39) and Kuldeep Diwan (2/27), and were reduced to 125 for 6 in 50 overs.
Parvinder Singh (46) and Rudra Pratap Singh (47) made a late fightback but that was not enough as Uttar Pradesh folded for 197 in 76.4 overs.
While Parvinder struck 4 fours in his 119 balls stay, R P Singh`s fighting knock contained 10 hits to the fence.
R P was the last batsman to depart, becoming the second victim of Diwan.
For UP, opener Tanmay Srivastava (34) was the other notable contributor.
In reply, Himachal too found themselves in a spot of bother as they were reduced to nine for 2 at the draw of stumps with opener Sangram Singh and VA Indulkar batting at 7 and 0, respectively.
Opener Bhavin Thakkar was out cheaply for 2 bowled by RP Singh while Gurvinder Singh failed to open his account and was dismissed by RP off his very next ball in the fifth over.
Himachal still trail UP by 188 runs with 8 wickets remaining.
UP first innings: 197 in 76.4 overs (RP Singh 47, Parvinder Singh 46, Rishi Dhawan 5/80)
Himachal Pradesh first innings: 9/2 in 5 overs (Sangram Singh 7 not out, RP Singh 2/6).