Despite their success in opposition to champions Vidarbha within the earlier house recreation, batting has been a wrestle for Delhi this Ranji Trophy season. It was wasn’t very totally different on the primary day of the Elite Group A match in opposition to Gujarat on the Ferozeshah Kotla floor on Tuesday.
Himmat Singh, recalled from the U-23 stage, and Kunwar Bidhuri (78 batting) raised 134 for the sixth wicket to assist Delhi attain 270 for six at stumps. Opener Hiten Dalal made 69 however when he was the fifth batsman out, Delhi have been staring down the barrel in opposition to a group positioned at No. 2 within the factors desk.
Himmat, who was out for 56 within the final over of the day, had been marked out for higher issues a few seasons in the past when Delhi reached the ultimate, even making it to India A. However, an incapacity to transform begins and inconsistency pushed him out of the facet as Delhi tried new faces, some with out advantage.
Himmat, who performed nicely, now has 5 fifties however no hundred. His failure to transform once more is symptomatic of the issue Delhi face—there may be nearly nobody who can play an enormous knock. Chief coach KP Bhaskar was exasperated on the finish of the day’s play. “I made a mistake, chasing a wide one,” mentioned Himmat, who principally bats down the order the place he doesn’t get a lot probability to construct an enormous innings. “We are hoping to get to 350,” he mentioned. Nitish Rana, hero of that win over Vidarbha, and Dhruv Shorey fell early when the wicket was recent as Gujarat bowlers caught to a decent line after placing Delhi into bat.
Left-arm seamer Arzan Nagwaswalla, who took three wickets together with these of Rana and Shorey, moved the ball to bother the batsmen. Seamer Roosh Kalaria took two wickets. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel got here into play after lunch and scalped Himmat. Delhi’s bowling is weak, and although Gujarat don’t have Parthiv Patel—he’s attending a household marriage ceremony—they could need to work laborious. Lots will depend upon younger left-arm tempo bowler Siddhant Sharma, who’s making his debut.
Jaffer reaches 12,000
At Nagpur, home stalwart Wasim Jaffer prolonged his Ranji file by finishing 12,000 runs whereas scoring 57 in opposition to Kerala. Jaffer, who performed 31 Tests, and most of his home cricket for Mumbai earlier than shifting to Vidarbha, steadied the batting with Ganesh Satish (58) as they ended at 239/6 at stumps.
24 wickets in a day
In Patiala, Punjab and Andhra batsmen competed with one another as 24 wickets tumbled on Day 1 of their Elite Group A recreation. Table-toppers Andhra, electing to bat, have been routed for 97 with pacer Siddarth Kaur taking 5/24. In reply, Punjab have been skittled out for 108 in 35.2 overs, spinners Shoaib Md Khan (5/46) and S Ashish (5/50) sharing the wickets. Andhra have been 31/four of their second innings at stumps, left-arm spinner Vinay Choudhary taking three wickets to go along with his first-innings treble.
Sarfraz slams 78
At Rajkot, Sarfaraz Khan hit 78 to rescue Mumbai to 249/eight at stumps in opposition to Saurashtra. After unbeaten knocks of 301 and 226 within the final two video games, he turned solely the fifth batsman to amass 600 runs (605) earlier than being dismissed.