Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Delhi bundled out for 215 on Day one

Playing its second match of the season following the draw against Kerala, Delhi lost the previous game’s centurion, Kunal Chandela, early, after being put in to bat.

FILE PHOTO: Nitish Rana saved Delhi the blushes again with a run-a-ball knock of 51, comprising nine fours and a six.

FILE PHOTO: Nitish Rana saved Delhi the blushes again with a run-a-ball knock of 51, comprising nine fours and a six.   -  K. V. S. Giri

Delhi put up a disappointing batting performance to be bowled out for 215 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy match against Andhra on Tuesday.

By stumps, Andhra was also struggling at 16 for two, with both its openers back in the hut.

Playing its second match of the season following the draw against Kerala, Delhi lost the previous game’s centurion, Kunal Chandela, early, after being put in to bat.

Kunwar Bidhuri (22) and Nitish Rana (51) repaired the innings with a 60-run stand for the fourth wicket before a mini collapse pushed them on the back foot. Their innings ended in 70.6 overs.

As it happened

Rana, who had scored a match-saving century against Kerala last week, saved Delhi the blushes again with a run-a-ball effort comprising nine fours and a six.

Lalit Yadav (50 off 104) put up a much-needed fight while batting with tail-enders, taking his team past 200.

Medium pacer K V Sasikanth (5/38 in 20.1 overs) was the pick of the bowlers for Andhra, claiming his fourth five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

Delhi had managed to salvage a draw against Kerala in its tournament opener courtesy centuries from Chandela and Rana on the final day.