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Ranji semis~~: Baroda strike back after collapse

Published: Saturday, January 5, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Indore: Amit Bhandari and Sumit Narwal ripped thro' the Baroda batting line-up to bowl them out for 199 but Delhi squandered the advantage as they were tottering at 49/3 at stumps on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Super League semi-final tie at the Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground here on Saturday.

Bhandari and Narwal plucked four wickets each as Baroda batsmen failed to negotiate their hostile fast bowling spells.

However, Baroda struck back as they had Delhi crumbling at 5 for 3 in just 4.3 overs before Mithun Manhas and Aditya Jain got involved into the rescue act and added 44 runs for the unbeaten fourth wicket stand.

After winning the toss, Baroda elected to bat first and got off to a poor start as Bhandari reduced Baroda to 25/2. The Baroda batting looked brittle as the two bowlers managed to extract good pace and bounce from the wicket.

Satyjit Gaekwad (43) and Pinal Shah (46) failed to build on the starts they had. Their 48-run stand for the fifth wicket was the highlight of Baroda innings.

Later, Shah added 42 runs with Y Pathan before the former was dismissed by Bhandari on 46 (77 balls, 7X4). Rest of the batsmen could add only 47 runs and were finally dismissed for 199.

Bhandari finished with impressive figures of 4 for 52 while Narwal took 4 for 56. Rajat Bhatia and Mithun Manhas took one wicket apiece.

Brief Score (D-1):

Baroda Ist innings 199 (Pinal Shah 46, Gaekwad 43, Bhilakia 26; Bhandari 4 for 52, Narwal 4 for 56) Vs Delhi Ist innings 49/3 (Manhas 26 n o, Aditya Jain 18 n o; Sumit Singh 2 for 25)

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