Ghaziabad: Delhi's much-fancied line-up failed to make an impression as the hosts Uttar Pradesh dismissed them for 235 on day one of their Ranji Trophy match here on Friday.
UP's young rookie paceman Imtiaz Ahmed was the chief wrecker, by picking up a 5 for 59 after UP skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and asked Delhi to bat in hazy conditions at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium. The hosts in reply were 40 for 1 in 13 overs before the play was stopped due to bad light. Mukul Dagar and Mohammad Kaif were not out on 18 and 3 respectively before the stumps were drawn.
Puneet Bisht top scored for Delhi with a 68-ball 52. Mithun Manhas too contributed with 42 off 86 balls. The two shared 86 runs for the fifth wicket.
Virender Sehwag (25 off 39) was the first batsman to get out. He was caught behind, playing a lazy shot off Praveen Kumar. Unmukt Chand replaced Sehwag and got off the mark with his trademark punch on the front foot for four past mid-off. Gautam Gambhir (32 off 77) was Imtiaz's first wicket when he shouldered arms to a delivery that straightened after pitching. Virat Kohli (14 off 19) too found an edge to slip off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Unmukt played some beautiful strokes before he was unfortunate to get caught after his full-blooded stroke off slow left-armer Ali Murtaza hit the short-leg fielder's shin before going to silly point's hand. Bisht and Manhas took the team's total to 123 for 4 at lunch. The two played sensibly, with Bisht being the aggresor of the two. Imtiaz broke the partnership when he had Manhas caught behind. The experienced pro, who captained Delhi throughout the last season, hit seven boundaries in his knock.
Bisht got to his half-century with his 12th boundary but was bowled soon after by Imtiaz. Pradeep Sangwan too didn't last long and was caught beautifully by diving Raina off Imtiaz. Praveen seemed to be in pain and returned to pavilion after stretching his hamstring. But he returned straight after tea and cleaned up the Delhi's tail by having Sumit Narwal and Vikas Mishra caught at second slip.
UP's opening combination of Shrivastava and Dagar shared 36 before the former was caught by Bisht off Ishant Sharma. Dagar and Kaif negotiated the next few overs well as UP ended day one on a perfect note.