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Delhi inch closer to straight win

Skipper Gautam Gambhir’s decision to play at Roshanara Club ground is set to be vindicated as his bowlers pushed Delhi to the verge of an outright win over Saurashtra in their Group B Ranji Trophy match on Tuesday. At stumps on the third day, Saurashtra, after being forced to follow-on, were 163 for four. They still require 62 runs to avoid innings defeat after being shot out for 217 in the first essay, conceding a 225-run first-innings lead. Delhi had scored 442 in their first innings.

The visitors were 76 runs short of the follow-on score of 293. Delhi bowlers put up a collective effort and it will take a Herculean task for the visiting team batsmen to play out an entire day with only six wickets in hand. The two new ball bowlers Parvinder Awana and Sumit Narwal kept a tight leash on batsmen. Rajat Bhatia, as the third seamer, did his usual stuff by bowling to a disciplined line. In second innings, Saurashtra were BriefScores Delhi 1st innings 442; Saurashtra: 1st Innings 217 in 79.5 overs; 2nd Innings: (following on) 163/4 (Sagar Jogiyani 48, Sheldon Jackson 34 batting, Sumit Narwal 1/13).
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