New Delhi: Pawan Suyal got his maiden 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket as Delhi registered their first outright win of the season beating Assam by seven wickets in a fifth-round Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A match here at the Roshanara ground on Saturday.
Delhi now have 13 points from five matches and are in second place after Mumbai, who have already qualified for the quarterfinals with 20 points.
After being bundled out for 239 runs in the first innings, Assam could only manage 291 in their second essay due to some fine seam bowling by Suyal (6/71 and match haul of 10/161) and Sumit Narwal (3/79).
Barring veteran Dheeraj Jadhav, who scored 122 (251 balls, 15x4) and diminutive Gokul Sharma (59, 77 balls, 10x4), none of the other batsmen could show stomach for fight, which could have got Assam a point after Dheeraj and Gokul added 129 runs for the fourth wicket.
Needing 59 runs to win, Delhi achieved the target after losing three wickets in the process, thus missing a chance to get bonus points.
Delhi should blame themselves for not managing a bonus point as Shikhar Dhawan went for an impossible cut-shot to get bowled, Aditya Jain and Puneet Bisht were adjudged leg before.
Delhi: First innings 472 (Pawan Suyal 4/90) and second innings 59/3.
Assam: First innings 239 and second innings 291 (Dheeraj Jadhav 122, Gokul Sharma 59; Pawan Suyal 6/71, Sumit Narwal 3/79).
Tamil Nadu vs Bengal
Tamil Nadu and Bengal shared a point each after their rain-marred Super League match ended in a draw.
Only 41 overs were bowled on the third day (Thursday) due to rain and wet ground conditions and just seven minutes on the final day, leading to abandonment of the match.
The on-field umpires called off play at tea.
Tamil Nadu, who were 126 for for in 41 overs overnight, added six more runs in the two overs bowled on Saturday.
Orissa vs Punjab
Natraj and Niranjan Behera struck half centuries as Orissa scored 177 for three after following-on in their Super League Group-B match against Punjab which ended in a draw on the fourth and final day.
Punjab pushed for an outright victory at the East Coast Railway Sports Association but Natraj and Niranjan held on to ensure that the visitors take home only three points from the match.
Resuming their first innings at 216 for seven on Saturday, Orissa folded up for 264, with Manpreet Gony and Sarabjit Ladda finishing with four-wicket hauls.
With a first-innings lead of 286, Punjab enforced the follow-on but were stone-walled for 58 overs by the determined Orissa top-order.
Natraj was fluent in his 81 that came off 129 balls, while Niranjan consumed 133 balls for his 50.
Punjab: 550 for seven declared.
Orissa: 264 and 177 for three in 58 overs (Natraj Behera 81, Niranjan Behera 50 not out; Karan Goel 2/41).
Saurashtra vs Railways
Former India all-rounder Jai Prakash Yadav grabbed six for 94 as Railways logged home three points against Saurashtra by virtue of first innings lead of 77 runs in a Super League Group-A match.
In reply to Railways first innings score of 415, Saurashtra were all out for 338 in 157.1 overs. Apart from opener Sagar Jogiyani who scored 113 and veteran Sitanshu Kotak who scored a half century, none of the Saurashtra batsmen were able to negotiate Yadav's controlled line and length.
He literally ran through the middle-order to provide all important three points which will definitely help them in their bid to beat the drop from the league of Elites.
Railways are now on six points while Saurashtra stay at the bottom with four.
Railways: First innings 415 (F Fazal 107, S Bangar 104, M Rawat 67; Unadkat 4/82) and second innings 107/6 (F Fazal 43; S Maniar 2/14).
Saurashtra: First innings 338 (S Jogiyani 113, S Kotak 50; JP Yadav 6/94, A Singh 2/67).
Kerala vs Maharashtra
Intelligent bowling by Maharashtra bowlers helped their side snatch a vital first innings lead by dismissing Kerala for 221 in their first innings in the Plate League match, which ended in a draw.
Maharashtra gained three points while Kerala had to be content_cn with one point.
Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of five for no loss, Kerala managed to score 221 before being all out in 90 overs.
Maharashtra opening bowlers S M Fallah 3/52 and S Mundhe 2/32 and G B Gaikwad 3/68 did the bulk of the damage.
Maharashtra: First innings 347.
Kerala: First innings 221 (A M Hegde 56, R M Fernandez 31, S R Nair 32; Fallah 3/52, Mundhe 2/32, Gaikwad 3/68).