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Delhi prevail over Odisha on Day 1


Sattwik Biswal,Cricketnext.com
Nov 09, 2012 at 08:35pm IST

New Delhi: Debutant Manan Sharma's four-wicket haul helped Delhi bundle out Odisha for a paltry first-innings score of 143 on day one at the Feroz shah Kotla here on Friday.

At the end of day's play, Delhi were 62 for 3 with Mithun Manhas (12) and Manan Sharma (1) at the crease. For Odisha, skipper Natraj Behera was the top-scorer with 35 runs of 64 balls.

After bowling out Odisha in 47.1 overs, Delhi also started off slowly and lost opener Unmukt Chand (3) in the third over, when the youngster chased an away going delivery and got a edge to the wicketkeeper. Then captain Shikhar Dhawan and Mohit Sharma stitched together a 36-run partnership to recover from the first jolt and took Delhi to tea.

Ranji Trophy: Delhi prevail over Odisha on Day 1

Debutant Manan Sharma's four-wicket haul helped Delhi to bundle out Odisha for a paltry first innings score of 143.

Both the batsmen's innings were slow paced and the pair played the balls on its merit, but due credit also goes to the Odisha bowlers for keeping things tight by bowling a right length. The visiting team's allrounder, Deepak Behera, finally broke the stand by trapping Sharma (16) in front of the wickets with a sharp inswinger in the 21st over. Dhawan (22) also didn't last long and poked a short and away going delivery off Basant Mohanty to gully at his team's score of 55 for 3 in 26 overs. Mohanty was the pick of the bowlers.

Earlier in the morning, Odisha won the toss and opted to bat, but their batsmen failed to apply themselves in the middle. There were no demons in the Kotla track but the batsmen hurried into their shots.

The first to go was Paresh Patel (9) off Pawal Suyal in the third over and after that Odisha kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They lost two quick wickets in successive balls off Suyal and Parvinder Awana respectively to reduce the visitors to 63 for 5 in 21.1 overs.

But the sixth-wicket partnership between Halhadhar Das (27) and Deepak Behera (28) consolidated the innings to take Odisha to 83 for 5 at lunch. Just after, the debutant left-arm spinner Manan Sharma got into action by picking up Das and in the process broke the steady stand of 51 runs off 90 balls. Natraj - who had to retire hurt in the 13th over after being hit by a inswinging ball in the abdomen region - returned and added 12 runs to his score of 23.

Manan Sharma returned with impressive figures of 4 for 30 in 8.1 overs, Suyal picked up three wickets and Narwal two wickets while Awana claimed one.

After the match, Manan Sharma - son of former Delhi batsman Ajay - said that he relished his first outing and gave credit to the faster bowlers for doing the damage earlier on, which put him at ease when he came on to bowl.

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