New Delhi: Left-arm seamer Pawan Suyal’s hat-trick was the highlight of the third day’s play as Delhi are firmly on sight of an outright win against Assam in a Ranji Trophy Super League (Group A) match at the Roshanara ground.
Replying to Delhi’s commanding total of 472, Assam were all-out for 239 in their first innings trailing by 233 runs.
Following on, they fared a shade better than their first essay ending the day at 183 for three with veteran opener Dhiraj Jadhav batting on 69 in company of Gokul Sharma (25 batting).
The batsmen dismissed were SS Roy (0), Sridharan Sriram (59) and skipper Amol Mujumdar (21). Assam now need 51 runs to avoid innings defeat.
Suyal who scalped four in the first innings including hat-trick was the wrecker in chief in the second essay as he increased his match-haul to six wickets.
The day undoubtedly belonged to the young Uttaranchal boy who is playing his second first-class season for Delhi.
He got his hat-trick in the 74th over of the innings. In the fourth ball, he induced Dhiraj Goswami to a mistimed pull-shot that went straight to Mayank Tehlan stationed at the deep backward square leg as the umpires called for lunch.
He came out and completed the feat with the first two deliveries after lunch trapping Arlen Konwar (0) and Ranjit Mali (0) infront of the wicket. He had figures of four for 90 in the first innings.
Earlier, Assam middle-order caved despite Amol and Dhiraj resuming at their overnight score of 118 for two before Sumit Narwal started the slide trapping Amol leg before.
In-form Gokul Sharma (9) was snapped by Tehlan in the slips off Narwal while Parvez Aziz was out edging in the slips to Shikhar Dhawan off left-arm spinner Vikash Mishra. Jadhav who played a dogged innings of 69 facing 204 deliveries in the process was dismissed by Sangwan and there was no chance that Assam could have avoided follow-on.
“We should have conceded 40-50 runs less in the second innings. Now we have to get them out within an hour tomorrow. I am happy as this is my first hat-trick in first-class cricket but will be happier if we can finish it off in style.
“The main aim will be to bowl in right areas as the ball is still doing a bit off the pitch,” the hero of the day Suyal said.