Ranji:Manhas joins the party as Delhi amass 538

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: Delhi piled up 538 in their first innings against Karnataka with Mithun Manhas (124) emerging as the third centurion for the visitors on day two of their Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A encounter at M Chinnaswami Stadium here on Tuesday.

Delhi, just a step away from ensuring their semifinal berth, were 337/2 yesterday with India Colts captain Virat Kohli slamming 158* and southpaw Shikhar Dhawan making a chanceless148.

Resuming at the overnight total of 337 for two, the visitors added 201 runs. Kohli, with an unbeaten 158 yesterday, could however add only 11 runs today. His 311-ball vigil at the crease ended when he was brilliantly caught by Thilak Naidu off Vinay Kumar. Kohli and Manhas added 75 runs for the third wicket.

A fifth wicket partnership between Manhas and Tahlan (41) yielded 96 runs before Manhas was castled by Vinay Kumar. Manhas' 188-ball knock was studded with 20 hits to fence and one over it.

Vinay Kumar was pick among the K'taka bowlers with five for 121 while left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi claimed 3/124 in his marathon 42 overs spell.
Karnataka, who played just one ball, were yet to open their account with Robin Uthappa and K B Pawan at the crease.

While one hour was lost due to bad light in the morning session, the play was stopped at 30 minutes before scheduled draw of stumps.

Brief Scores (D-2):

Delhi: Ist innings (overnight 337/2) 538 all out (Dhawan 148, Kohli 169, Manhas 124, Tehlan 41; R Vinay Kumar 5 for 121, Sunil Joshi 3 for 124) Vs Karnataka 0/0.

TN-Raj: Rain washes out second day's play: The rain gods appear to have cast their spell over the  Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A tie between Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu with incessant rain washing out the second day's play at the M A Chidambaram stadium.

TN's hopes of forcing an outright win from the strong position 302/3, now appear dim with forecast of more rain during the next 48 hours due to a low pressure in the Bay of Bengal. Captain S Badri made a brisk138 while opener M Vijay was batting on 112 at stumps yesterday.

Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu 302/3 (Badri 138, M Vijay 112 n o) Vs Rajasthan

Other Group-A ties:

At Reliance Cricket Stadium, Nagothane: Maharashtra 136 and 34/1 (Kanitkar 11*; Jobanputra 1 for 15) Vs Saurashtra 253 all out (Sitanshu Kotak 108, Cheteshwar Pujara 35, Ravinder Jadeja 34, Jobanputra 24; Fallah 3 for 52, Bahutule 3 for 72, Sayyed 2 for 35)

At HPCA Stadium, Dharmasala: Mumbai Ist innings 370 (Mazumdar 90, Vinayak Samant 60*, Rahane 37, Indulkar 37, Ismail Abdullah 32; A Thakur 4 for 116, V Malik 2 for 54, Sarandeep Singh 2 for 79) Vs Himachal 180/7 (P Dogra 42, H Dogra 38, Maninder Bisla 37; M Hussain 4 for 37, Abdullah 1 for 16).

ThatsCricket (with inputs from Agencies)

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