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Delhi take crucial first innings lead

Delhi take crucial first innings lead
Delhi dished out a fine bowling performance to bundle out Haryana for 188 and take the crucial first innings lead on the second day of the four-day Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match at the CH Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Lahli on Tuesday.

After piling up a modest 278 all out in their first innings, the onus was completely on the Delhi bowlers to keep Haryana in check and the likes of Sumit Narwal (3/43), Varun Sood (3/20) and Navdeep Saini (2/33) did a remarkable job to bowl out in 66.2 overs and give the visitors the crucial 90-run lead. For Haryana, Himanshu Rana top-scored with a 135-ball 80. He struck eight boundaries in the process.

At stumps, Delhi were seven for no loss in their second essay with Unmukt Chand batting on 6 and skipper Gautam Gambhir on 1. Earlier resuming their first innings at the overnight score of 278 for seven, Delhi managed to add just 20 runs before being bowled out.

Centurion Virender Sehwag failed to add to his overnight score of 147 as he edged a Mohit Sharma delivery to Nitin Saini behind the stumps. Once Sehwag departed, it was just a formality for Haryana to wrap up the Delhi innings. Mohit Sharma was the pick of the bowlers for Haryana with figures of four for 46 runs, while veteran Joginder Sharma scalped three wickets giving away 39 runs.

BriefScores: Delhi: 278 & 7 for no loss in 3 overs. Haryana: 188 all out in 66.2 overs (Himanshu Rana 80; Varun Sood 3/20).
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