Shorey, Frog takes Delhi to 195/4 on day two

Mohali, January 4 () Captain Dhruv Shorey and his deputy Nitish Rana shared a 122-race combat stand for the third wicket that led Delhi to 195 for four on day two of their Ranji Trophy match against the leaders of the table Punjab here on Saturday.

Punjab, who had resumed the day at 266 for eight, got to do 313 with Akul Pandove remaining undefeated at 44. Skipper Mandeep Singh and Gurkeerat Singh Mann had made valuable half centuries on the opening day.

Delhi, whose batting has been found deficient in the previous games, held an animated exhibition on Saturday against a quality opposition.

Skipper Shorey led from the front with 96 of 186 balls and had the bad luck of losing a century. Frog was undefeated in 64 of 138 and his presence in the middle is crucial for Delhi to take the first inning.

Delhi had a bad start with Baltej Singh eliminating Anuj Rawat in the first part of the innings. Rawat is playing the game in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, who is in national service.

Kunal Chandela (31 of 69) could not get a great score after entering, leaving Delhi at 64 for two. Then it was the turn of Shorey and Rana to stabilize the ship and they did it with a combat position.

On the day of the inauguration, the Punjab and Indian batsman Shubman Gill had caused controversy by arguing with the referee in the field after being handed over. The decision was finally reversed.

Brief scores:

Punjab 313 in 99.3 overs (Mandeep Singh 81, Gurkeerat Mann 62, Kunwar Bidhuri 3/62) vs Delhi 195/4 in 67.3 overs (Shorey 96, Frog 64 batting; Markande 1/28).