Ranji Trophy: Shorey-Rana couple puts Delhi in command against Punjab

MOHALI: a partnership of 122 races between the captain of Delhi Dhruv Shorey (96) and vice captain Nitish Frog (64 not out) put visitors in a dominant position against Punjab on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Group A draw at the IS Bindra PCA Stadium on Saturday.

Delhi had 195 for 4 on stumps on day 2, with 118 runs in response to Punjab's 313.

Dhruv reached the fold after Delhi lost its first game Anuj Rawat (0) in the second ball of his innings. Rawat was caught by goalkeeper Anmol Malhotra Baltej Singh Bowling. Shorey and Kunal Chandela (31) then stabilized the entries and kept the score. The 64-run position ended when Anmol took a stunner with one hand of Sanvir's bowling alley.

Delhi was 64/2 in 23.3 surpasses when Shorey joined his deputy Nitish. The couple found holes at will and timed the ball well to maintain pressure on Punjab bowlers. Shorey reached its mid-century with a four-legged spinner Mayank Markande.

The way Shorey shaped his tickets was quite remarkable. The only bad shot he played cost him the wicket. Seeking to complete his fifth century of first class in a memorable way, Shorey was a little early in a half tracker of the Akul Pandove SUV and ended up shooting Mayank, who patrolled the point's limit. Shorey was on his knees and stayed there for a while before returning, four less than the milestone. His tickets included 13 hits to the fence. I don't want to talk about the way I left, Shorey said after the end of the play.

When asked how the pitch behaved, the Delhi captain said: It is a very good pitch to hit, if applicable. I am happy with the way I built my tickets. The partnership with Nitish was very crucial. I think I hit very well and hopefully, it turns tomorrow. Yes, we lost a couple of wickets towards the end of the day, but I think we are in a good position. Our first goal is to take the first entry, he added.

Punjab returned to the game, thanks to the dismissal of Shorey and the night watchmen Simarjeet Singh (1), who was trapped in the front by Mayank.

For Punjab, Baltej Singh (1/43), Sanvir Singh (1/37), Mayank Markande (1/28) and Akul Pandove (1/22) shared the spoils.

Punjab coach Munish Bali feels that the game is still very balanced with a new batter in the fold and the new ball in 13 overs. This last portillo association between Akul and Baltej has given us a cushion. I am very satisfied with the performance of my team. The gate has also dropped down a lot but never dropped its shoulders and the two windows are good examples of that, Bali said.

The first session will be very important for us. A couple of quick wickets will help our cause, he added.

Earlier, Punjab tail-enders added 49 runs to their overnight score of 266 for 8. Akul Pandove (44 not out) and Baltej Singh (11) added 39 runs for the last wicket to frustrate Delhi bowlers.

Marker

Punjab, first entries: 313 all out in 99.3 overs

Delhi first entries: Anuj Rawat c Anmol Malhotra b Baltej Singh 0, Kunal Chandela c Anmol Malhotra b Sanvir Singh 31, Dhruv Shorey c Mayank Markande b Akul Pandove 96, Nitish Frog not out 64, Simarjeet Singh lbw Mayank Markande 1

Additional features: 3

Total: 195 for 4 in 67.3 overs

Bowling: Baltej Singh 14-1-43-1, Arshdeep Singh 13-3-40-0, Sanvir Singh 14-5-37-1, Mayank Markande 13.3-3-28-1, Akul Pandove 8-0-22-1, Gurkeerat Mann 5-0-22-0

FOW: 1-2 (Anuj Rawat, 0.2 ov), 2-64 (Kunal Chandela, 23.3 ov), 3-186 (Dhruv Shorey, 62.3 ov), 4-195 (Simarjeet Singh, 67.3 ov)

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