Ranji Trophy: Delhi pacers mow Vidarbha down

Delhi pacers made nominal use of the green top at the SSN college ground to bowl Vidarbha out for 183 on the first day.

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Sumit Narwal (second from left) celebrates with his teammates after dismissing Akshay Karnewar. He picked up four wickets for 38 on the first day's play.   -  K. Pichumani

Put in to bat, Vidarbha managed 183 on day one of the round eight group B match versus Delhi here.

Delhi's Sumit Narwal picked up four for 38, and Shalab Shrivastava top-scored with 62 (93b, 10x4) for Vidarbha. Delhi was on 12 for one at close.

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Right-arm pacemen Navdeep Saini and Sumit Narwal made nominal use of the visibly green top in the first 14 overs until drinks. Four slips - the first back afar from, and the fourth, wide beside, the rest - a short leg, a short mid-off, a point, a midwicket, and a lone outfielder at fine leg, was the field in place.

Saini had opener Faiz Fazal caught behind in the fourth over, and Ganesh Satish, in the twelfth over. Satish, after he was dropped on two by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, and had struck two boundaries off Narwal. The way in which the second four was struck, hinted at the bounce and movement on offer - Satish went across and deep into the crease, to rap and hasten the ball to deep midwicket.

Narwal got the other opener Sanjay Ramaswamy to try peck, and nick a delivery to the 'keeper, a ball spacing this and Satish's fall. After the break, by which time Vidarbha had run up 26 for three, left-armer Pradeep Sangwan, and Vikas Tokas were introduced into the attack, and the field was spread.

Thereon, Siddesh Wath and Shalab Srivastava engaged in a 61-run fourth wicket partnership, either side of lunch. Left-arm spinner Manan Sharma sneaked an over in, in between.

Narwal had Wath caught at leg slip to snap the union. Later, he had Akshay Karnewar caught at leg slip too. Shrivastava, meanwhile, struck fifty, stretched it to 62, and ended up as Sangwan's first wicket. The left-arm pacer got Rajneesh Gurbani caught at slip for his second.

After tea, it didn't take long for Delhi to clean the tail up sans Shrikant Wagh (46 n.o.). In the three overs Delhi batted, Gurbani bowled two, and cost a wicket - he got Dhawan out for six.