New Delhi: Pawan Suyal got his maiden 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket as Delhi registered their first outright win of the season beating Assam by seven wickets in a fifth round Ranji Trophy Super League (Group A) match here at the Roshanara ground on Saturday.
Delhi now have 13 points from five matches and are in second place after Mumbai, who have already qualified for the quarterfinals with 20 points.
After being bundled out for 239 runs in the first innings, Assam could only manage 291 in their second essay due to some fine seam bowling by Suyal (6/71 and match haul of 10/161) and Sumit Narwal (3/79).
Barring veteran Dheeraj Jadhav, who scored 122 (251 balls, 15x4) and diminutive Gokul Sharma (59, 77 balls, 10x4), none of the other batsmen could show stomach for fight, which could have got Assam a point after Dheeraj and Gokul added 129 runs for the fourth wicket.
Needing 59 runs to win, Delhi achieved the target after losing three wickets in the process, thus missing a chance to get bonus points.
However, credit should go to Suyal for his workhorse like effort as he used the second new ball quite effectively, which resulted in Assam losing seven wickets with an addition of only 22 runs.
From 269 for three, the Amol Muzumdar-led side were all-out for 291. It was Dheeraj who was first to go today as he flashed at an away going delivery from Suyal and was gobbled up by Unmukt Chand in the gully.
Buoyed by Suyal’s bowling, Narwal got into the act from the opposite end and he got Gokul to edge onto Shikhar Dhawan in the slips. Narwal then got Rajdeep Das to mistime a pull-shot straight down Suyal’s throat at deep fine leg.
Suyal in the meantime got his five-for as he dismissed Parvez Aziz and Abu Nechim Ahmed.
Delhi should blame themselves for not managing a bonus point as Shikhar Dhawan went for an impossible cut-shot to get bowled, Aditya Jain and Puneet Bisht were adjudged leg before. However Unmukt (38 not out) and Yogesh Nagar (7 not out) took the team home.