Ranji Trophy: Delhi inch closer to victory against Odisha

New Delhi, (IANS): Delhi inched closer to victory as Odisha were left struggling at 229 for six in the second innings on the penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy tie at the Ferozshah Kotla here Sunday. Orissa have a lead of 41 runs and with four wickets in hand they will have a mountain to climb to prevent an outright defeat against Delhi, who scored 331 in the first innings.

At stumps, Odisha skipper Natraj Behera and Deepak Behera were batting on 35 and four, respectively.

Odisha starting their day at 7/0, trailing by 181 runs, and their batsmen dug-deep and did not throw away wickets, playing cautiously. They didn't commit the mistakes they did in the first innings when they were skittled out for a paltry 143.

Opener Paresh Patel (6) was caught in front of the stumps on the fifth ball of the morning by pacer Pawan Suyal. Abhilash Mallick (26) tried batting for long, however, was caught plumb by all-rounder Sumit Narwal.

However, Govinda Poddar (85) and Biplab Samantray (47) forged a 84-run partnership from 59/2 and provided solidity in their innings.

Poddar struck a swashbuckling 85 of 171 balls. His innings including fifteen splendid boundaries all over the Kotla. Just when it seemed the 21-year-old Poddar would be scoring his second hundred he played back a ball back to the bowler, Narwal this time, who dropped a difficult catch.

However, two balls later Narwal clean bowled Poddar giving the hosts a much needed breakthrough.

The visitors who had scored 114 runs losing two wickets in the 36 overs in the morning session, managed just 61 more in the post-lunch session.

Nataraj and Samantray put together 59 runs for the fourth wicket before Samantray was caught of the bowling of Suyal.

Delhi got the upperhand in the post-tea session bagging three wickets giving away only 47 runs.

"Our first target is to get the four wickets. Then it'll depend on what the target is and we will go accordingly. The wicket is not one where you can easily score runs. You can stay in there on it but scoring runs is difficult as the ball does not come on to the bat," said Delhi skipper Shikhar Dhawan.

"We contained well in the last two sessions. I am happy with the way my bowlers bowled. All the bowlers players performed their roles," added Dhawan.

Ranji Trophy Round-up:

On a day when 11 centuries were hit in the Ranji Trophy second round matches on Sunday, Paras Dogra was the standout performer for Himachal Pradesh scoring a brilliant 210.

Brief Scores:

Group A:

In Jaipur:
Rajasthan 478 all out vs Mumbai 360 for 3 in 118 overs (Aditya Tare 80, Hiken Shah batting 118)

In Surat: Gujarat 600 for 9 decl vs Saurashtra 323 for 2 in 102 overs (Bhushan Chauhan 43, Sagar Jogiyani batting 116, Ravindra Jadeja batting 119)

In Hyderabad: Hyderabad 341 all out vs Madhya Pradesh 265 for 5 in 110 overs (Devendra Bundela batting 106, Udit Birla 52; Mohammed Khader 2 for 51, Pagadala Naidu 2 for 60)

In Chandigarh: Bengal 326 all out and 25 for 1 vs Punjab 579 for 7 decl in 150 overs (Jiwanjot Singh 158, Mayank Sidhana 115, Uday Kaul not out 165; Laxmi Shukla 2 for 65, Anustup Majumdar 2 for 43)

Group B:

In Chennai: Tamil Nadu: 538 for 4 decl vs Karnataka 239 for 3 in 100 overs (KB Pawan 69, Robin Uthappa 53, Ganesh Satish batting 65; Malolan Rangarajan 2 for 67)

In Vadodara: Vidarbha 264 all out and 3 for 1 vs Baroda 514 for 7 in 153.2 overs (Aditya Waghmode 62, Abhimanyu Chauhan 118, Rakesh Solanki 120, Yusuf Pathan 78; Sairaj Bahutule 3 for 82)

In Delhi: Odisha 143 all out and 229 for 6 in 93 overs (Govind Podder 85, Biplab Samantray 47; Pawan Suyal 2 for 62, Sumit Narwal 3 for 41) vs Delhi 331 all out

In Pune: Maharashtra 764 for 6 decl in 186 overs (Harshad Khadiwale 68, Dilip Atitkar 80, Kedar Jadhav 327, Rohit Motwani 146; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 for 118, Piyush Chawla 3 for 233) vs Uttar Pradesh 287 for 1 in 79 overs (Tanmay Srivastava batting 134, Mukul Dagar 126)

Group C:

In Porvorim: Jammu and Kashmir 338 all out vs Goa 288 for 2 in 119 overs (Sunil Desai 85, Swapnil Asnodkar 103, Manvinder Bisla batting 74)

In Nadaun: Services 312 all out and 46 for 2 (Rishi Dhawan 2 for 25) vs Himachal Pradesh 544 for 6 decl in 153 overs (Aakash Chopra 65, Prashant Chopra 90, Paras Dogra 210, Amit Kumar 91; Muzzaffaruddin Khalid 4 for 182)

In Jamshedpur: Assam 179 all and 207 all out in 74.5 overs (Amit Sinha 55, Tarjinder Singh not out 53; Sunny Gupta 3 for 69, Shahbaz Nadeem 4 for 83) vs Jharkhand 174 all out and 56 for 2 in 28 overs (Rameez Nemat batting 37)