Mumbai: A superb opening spell by left-arm pacer Pradeep Sangwan helped Delhi skittle out defending champions Mumbai for 166 on the first day of their four-day Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A league match here at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.
By close of play, Gautam Gambhir had put Delhi in firm control as the south paw opener was unbeaten on 81 with the visitors replying with 159 for four, just 7 runs short of Mumbai's first innings score, with six wickets in hand. Giving Gambhir company was Rajat Bhatia unbeaten on 18.
Mumbai captain Amol Muzumdar in the morning won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket which had some juice for the fast bowlers.
The defending champions had a horrendous start as Pradeep Sangwan along with Ishant Sharma ripped through the Mumbai top order to leave them in shambles at five for 67.
Mumbai opening with Sahil Kukreja and Ajinkya Rahane, lost their first wicket when Kukreja lost his stumps to Sangwan after making just 4 with the team total on 4.
Ishant Sharma then bowled the other opener A Rahane for eight and Sangwan had India one-day star Sohit Sharma trapped in front with a sharp inswinger to leave Mumbai struggling at 32 for three.
Prashant Naik and Amol Muzumdar then put on 32 runs for the fourth wicket before Muzumdar was caught by Virat Kohli of Rajat Bhatia for 8. Abhishek Nayar followed soon after giving Virender Sehwag a wicket to leave Mumbai on 67 for five.
Ajit Agarkar then joined Naik and the two began a repair job with Naik, playing his first Ranji season, showing character to fight it out.
The two put on 53 runs before debutant spinner Narendra Singh removed both with Agarkar making 32 and Naik making 40 to leave Mumbai at 7 for 133.
The tail then put on some valuable runs before being bowled out for 166 with P Sangwan and Ishant Sharma both taking three wickets apiece and Narendra Singh picking up 2 wickets.
Delhi, in reply, were shown the way by Gautam Gambhir as the left hander played fluently all round the wicket with wickets falling at the other end to take them to just 7 runs short of the Mumbai total at the end of the day.
Virender Sehwag of whom much was expected did not fire this time making only 16 before edging a delivery from Abhisekh Nayar to the keeper Vinayak Samant. Avishkar Salvi with two wickets was the pick of Mumbai's bowlers.
Brief Scores (D-1):
Mumbai Ist innings 166 (Prashant Naik 40, Agarkar 32; Sangwan 3 for 38, Ishant Sharma 3 for 60, Narender Singh 2 for 26) Vs Delhi Ist innings 159 for 4 (Gambhir 81 n o, Rajat Bhatia 18 n o; Avishkar Salvi 2 for 28, A Nayar 1 for 39).