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KUDOS: Delhi’s P. Sangwan is congratulated by teammates after taking four wickets on the second day of the Ranji trophy match against Hyderabad on Tuesday.
KUDOS: Delhi’s P. Sangwan is congratulated by teammates after taking four wickets on the second day of the Ranji trophy match against Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad and Delhi were locked in a keen tussle for the first innings lead at close of the second day’s play in the Ranji Trophy super league match at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Uppal on Tuesday.

After being dismissed for 334 shortly after lunch, Hyderabad hit back in the last session taking three important wickets.

In the morning Hyderabad’s debutant Ahmed Quadri played doggedly scoring 28 off 77 balls. He added 47 runs with Anoop Pai for the seventh wicket before being caught by Manhas at extra cover off Jain.

Centurion Pai went soon after, trapped leg before by a delivery from Sangwan which kept low. Pai’s knock of 130 contained twelve hits to the fence and came off 337 deliveries faced in a stay of 516 minutes.

Laboured progress

The tail-enders did not score much and the Hyderabad innings came to a close shortly after lunch. But in the 45.4 overs that it batted today, Hyderabad could add only 87 runs. By any standard this was extremely slow scoring. Both the over cautious approach of the batsmen as well as the tight line of the bowlers was responsible for this.

But Hyderabad made amends later. Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by a superb delivery by Ashwin Yadav. The batsman was drawn half cock forward before the ball moved away to find the edge of the bat and fly into the gloves of keeper Abhinav.

Akash Chopra who completed a half century was next to go, dismissed by Quadri who lured the batsman to give a catch to Ravi Teja at slip. And off the last ball of the day Tehlan was bowled neck and crop by Ashwin Yadav.

The scores:

Hyderabad – 1st innings: T. Suman b Nehra 15, Ravi Teja b Sangwan 0, Rushi Raj c A. Chopra b Sangwan 28, Anoop Pai lbw b Sangwan 130, Arjun Yadav c Bisht b Awana 9, Abhinav Kumar lbw b Bhatia 76, M.P. Arjun c & b Sangwan 5, Ahmed Quadri c Manhas b Jain 28, S.M. Shoaib (run out) 13, Ashwin Yadav (not out) 6, Lalith Mohan (run out) 0; Extras (b-8, lb-5, nb-7, w-4): 24. Total (in 135.4 overs): 334.

Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-20, 3-85, 4-104, 5-238, 6-259, 7-306, 8-309, 9-334.

Delhi bowling: Nehra 10.2-4-22-1, Sangwan 30-5-86-4, Awana 25.4-4-85-1, Bhatia 24-8-44-1, Nanda 36.4-10-59-0, Chopra 3-0-13-0, Jain 6-1-12-1.

Delhi – 1st innings: A. Chopra c Ravi Teja b Quadri 51, S. Dhawan c Abhinav b Ashwin 47, M. Tehlan b Ashwin Yadav 13, M. Manhas (batting) 7; Extras (b-4, lb-1, nb-1): 6. Total (for three wickets in 41 overs): 124.

Fall of wickets: 1-80, 2-108, 3-124.

Hyderabad bowling: S.M. Shoaib 10-2-36-0, M.P. Arjun 4-1-12-0, Lalith Mohan 11-2-40-0, Ashwin Yadav 10-5-15-2, Quadri 6-1-16-1.

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