Bhubaneswar: Suryakant Pradhan's four-wicket haul did the most damage as Delhi's batting squandered a good start to be left tottering at 245 for 7 in their first innings on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Odisha here.
Overnight 99 for one, Delhi's batsmen failed to convert their starts into big scores, allowing the home side to have the upper-hand. Middle-order batsman Milind Kumar top-scored for the visitors with a 138-ball 59, which was laced with eight fours. There were other decent contributions up the order as well but the absence of that one big sheet-anchor effort hurt Delhi.
The opening pair of Dhruv Shourey (42) and skipper Gautam Gambhir (41) and Nitish Rana (37) were the other notable contributors to the total. The middle-order failed miserably with Pradhan being the wrecker-in-chief.
The medium-pacer's day's figures read an impressive 4 for 83 in 32.5 overs. Basant Mohanty notched up a couple of wickets.
Delhi 1st Innings: 245/7 in 115 overs (Milind Kumar 59, Dhruv Shorey 42, Gautam Gambhir 41, S Pradhan 4/83).