Delhi collapse against Bengal in Ranji Trophy

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Medium pacer Shib Shankar Paul's six wicket haul helped Bengal bundle out Delhi for a paltry 148 before the hosts struck twice late on Day one of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group 'A' match here.

Off-spinner Sarandeep Singh removed Arindam Das while leggie Chetanya Nanda hit the middle stump of night watchman Sib Sagar Singh in the last over to reduce the visitors to 11 for two bringing some cheers to the home team on a day which saw a pathetic batting display by the Delhi team.

Electing to bat, the home side could never recover from the early setbacks which left them reeling at 34 for three. Despite an under-prepared wicket which was designed to favour spinners later in the game, it was the steady medium pace of Paul, who returned figures of six for 24 in 17 overs, that caused the maximum damage.

Paul's spell after tea brought the innings to a quick end as he took three wickets in two overs to polish off the tail. He was ably supported by the spinners who kept the pressure on at the other end. S Lahiri was the pick of the slower bowlers taking two wickets for 59 runs.

Paul struck in his fifth over when he had Akash Chopra caught behind by Deep Dasgupta for no score. Shikhar Dhawan's agonising 90-minute stay for only two runs came to an end when Lahiri disturbed his stumps. The off-spinner then took the wicket of Varun Kumar leaving the hosts at a precarious position.

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