Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Hyderabad picks three points in draw against Delhi

Debutant Tanay Thyagarajan helps Hyderabad claim the vital lead on the final day, taking five wickets.

Memorable debut: Tanay Thyagarajan (right, front) claimed five wickets to help bowl Delhi out for 339.   -  K. V. S. Giri

Hyderabad clinched the vital first-innings lead on the final day to pick up three points in the drawn Ranji Trophy Group B contest against Delhi at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Friday. Left-arm spinner Tanay Thyagarajan took a five-wicket haul on debut to help bowl the opposition out for 339, for a lead of 121.

The rest of the play — Hyderabad’s second innings — was inconsequential.

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Delhi, resuming at the overnight score of 245 for six, gave hints of a fightback when the overnight duo of Lalit Yadav and Simarjeet Singh batted out the first hour. But, once left-arm spinner Mehdi Hasan struck the first blow in the morning — trapping Simarjeet lbw — Delhi lost wickets at regular intervals.

In the act

Soon, Thyagarajan was in the act, trapping Vikas Mishra lbw for one. Then, he got the big wicket of the day when he lured the well-set Lalit Yadav (77, 137b, 8X4, 1X6) to stretch fully forward for a defensive jab; the ball slipped through the gate to rattle the stumps, much to the delight of Thyagarajan’s team-mates. Soon, Delhi was bowled out.

In the second essay, Hyderabad scored 156 for one, opener Tanmay Agarwal (82, 111b, 9 x 4) and Rohit Rayudu (61 not out, 128b, 5X4, 1X6) putting on 134 before the former was out lbw to Rana. Agarwal had looked good to achieve the rare feat of scoring a century in each innings of the match.

Hyderabad now has five points from three games while Delhi has four from two.

Brief scores
  • Hyderabad 460 and 156 for 1 (Tanmay Agarwal 82, Rohit Rayudu 61) drew with Delhi 339 (Hiten Dalal 93, Nitish Rana 82, Lalit Yadav 77, Tanay Thyagarajan 5 for 77) by 277 runs.