Awana, Narwal put Delhi on top against Saurashtra
Delhi’s new ball bowlers Parvinder Awana (in pic) and Sumit Narwal wielded their willows to great effect as the hosts got themselves to an advantageous position against Saurashtra on the second day of their group B Ranji Trophy match on Monday. Courtesy entertaining half-centuries from Awana (61) and Narwal (65), Delhi reached a respectable first innings score of 442 in 127.2 overs. In reply, Saurashtra reached 152/6 at stumps, 290 runs still in arrears. To save the follow-on Saurashtra still need 141 runs. Having nicely warmed himself up with big hits, Awana (3/20) provided the initial breakthroughs while, Rajat Bhatia (3/24), also chipped in with useful scalps rocking the middle order. Skipper Gautam Gambhir (147) could add only 24 to his overnight score of 123 before being run out. With Awana, he added 54 for the seventh wicket. Once Gambhir was gone with the scoreboard reading 313 for seven, Awana started chancing his arms and he was able to plonk his front foot and hit through the line. Six fours and three sixes were hit in 69 deliveries as he took the team score past 350. When Awana was finally out, Delhi were nine down for 368, but left-hander Narwal had other ideas. He has a Ranji Trophy century under his belt and he showed his big-hitting prowess with five sixes and three fours. With Navdeep Saini (13), Narwal added 74 runs for the final wicket. Brief Scores: Delhi 442 in 127.2 overs (Gambhir 147, Narwal 65, Awana 61) Saurashtra 152/6 in 52 overs (P Awana 3/20).