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Ranji: Delhi reduced to 245/7 against Odisha

Suryakant Pradhan’s four-wicket haul did the most damage as Delhi’s batting squandered a good start to be left tottering at 245 for 7 in their first innings on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Odisha here on Saturday.

Overnight 99 for one, Delhi’s batsmen failed to convert their starts into big scores, allowing the home side to have the upper-hand.

Middle-order batsman Milind Kumar top-scored for the visitors with a 138-ball 59, which was laced with eight fours. There were other decent contributions up the order as well but the absence of that one big sheet-anchor effort hurt Delhi. The opening pair of Dhruv Shourey (42) and skipper Gautam Gambhir (41) and Nitish Rana (37) were the other notable contributors to the total. Towards the end, Punnet Datey made 21 while Ishwar Pandey made 34 off 16 balls.

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