It was the Agarwals’ show - Tanmay and Himalay - as the duo strung together a face-saving century stand to help Hyderabad post 232 for three against Delhi at close of play on the first day of the Ranji Trophy Group-B league match at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on Tuesday.
Electing to bat, the home team was off to a dismal start with a hesitant opener and captain Akshath Reddy failing to resist the temptation of going for an ambitious lofted shot over long-on off left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra. This after he was tested badly by short-pitched bowling from left-armer Kulwant Khejroliya.
Soon, Rohit Rayudu stretched fully forward to offer a defensive jab to Vikas only to be surprised by the extra bounce to be caught in the slip cordon.
At 52 for two, it looked Delhi, on a pitch which offered little assistance to the bowlers, would come back strongly through Vikas who was the pick of the bowlers.
But, that was not to be as Tanmay and Himalay batted sensibly with caution being the watchword. It was painstakingly slow batting from the few handful of spectators but from the team’s perspective, it seemed a right option as the two put on 135 runs for the third wicket which pulled the team out of a crisis.
Just when Himalay (66, 190b, 7 x 4) looked good for a big knock, pacer Gaurav Kumar came up with a smart effort - after bowling a few balls which came back into the batsman he made one move away from him on the off-stump, inducing Himalay to hit straight into shot-point fielder’s hands.
Soon, southpaw Tanmay completed a thoroughly deserving seventh century (112 batting, 241b, 10 x 4, 2 x 6) in his 29th Ranji match to see Hyderabad finish on a far more satisfying note.
Giving him company at close was another in-form and confident-looking southpaw B. Sandeep.
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