Delhi pacers dished out a disciplined bowling performance to leave Assam tottering at 132-6 on a rain-hit opening day of the Ranji Trophy Group B match at the Reliance Stadium here on Thursday.
After the morning session was washed out due to rain, Delhi bowlers came out with a determined and disciplined approach and made life difficult for the Assam batsmen.
RG Hazarika (37) and Tarjinder Singh (31 not out) were the major contributors for Assam even as Delhi bowlers Navdeep Saini (2/31), Manan Sharma (2/34) and Varun Sood (2/29) tormented the batsmen with their line and length.
At the draw of stumps, Tarjinder and S Purkayastha (8) were at the crease.
Electing to bowl first, Delhi made good use of the possible playing time as only 62 overs could be bowled on the opening day due to rain.
Pallavkumar Das (15) and Rahul Hazarika (37) batted for 13.5 overs scoring 29 runs when the former was dismissed by Manan. Gokul Sharma (9) and Hazarika helped Assam cross the 50-mark before the skipper was cleaned up by Sood in the 35th over.
Soon Hazarika and Amit Verma (2) were removed in quick succession by Saini as Assam slipped to 65-4 in 39.4 overs. Sood came back to dismiss KB Arun Karthik (9) and then Manan got rid of J Syed Mohammad (13) as Assam were looking down the barrel at 113-6 in 55.1 overs.
Ranji trophy: brief scores
Assam 1st innings: 132-6 in 62 overs (RG Hazarika 37; Varun Sood 2/29).
Kerala 1st Innings 263/7 (Sanju Samson batting 129, Jalaj Saxena 69; Samiullah Beigh 4/68).
Mumbai: 85 for 4 in 32 overs (Kaustubh Pawar 26 batting, Aditya Tare batting; Krishnamoorthy Vignesh 2/5).
Baroda 1st Innings: 285/5 in 80 overs (Aditya Waghmode 103 batting, Deepak Hooda 76 batting, Jasprit Bumrah 1/25).
Saurashtra 1st Innings: 269/5 in 55.3 overs (Jaydev Shah 120 batting, Sheldon Jackson 76, Aniket Choudhary 2/25).