Kolkata, Jan 28: Disciplined bowling by pacers and spinners restricted Delhi to 192 for loss of six wickets as the visitors were still trailing by 126 runs with four wickets in hand in chasing Bengal's 318 all out on Day 2 of the Ranji Trophy's Elite Group A and B match at Eden Gardens here today. Jonty Sidhu was batting at 32 when the stumps were closed a bit early due to poor visibility.
Bengal resumed their overnight score of 286/5 could add only 32 runs in last five wickets as Delhi pacer Simarjeet Singh took advantage of the new ball and ended with 4/77. Overnight batsman Anustup Majumdar (94) could add only five runs and be run out at 99, one short of a century. Hiten Dalal made him run out early.
Delhi began shakily when their opener Kunal Chandela (9) was bowled by debutante pacer Nilkanata Das, who also took the wicket of Hiten Dalal ( 40) similarly. On the other hand, another medium pacer Mukesh Kumar bowled brilliantly and got captain Dhruv Shorey (65) and Nitish Rana ( 24) caught behind the wicket in safe gloves of Sreevats Goswami. As the day progressed Bengal gradually took control of the play after left arm orthodox spinner Shahbaz Ahmed got two wickets successively and ended the day 2/1 in 6.3 overs.
Nilkanata Das had 2/36 and Mukesh Kumar 2/57. At the end of the day 2 Bengal virtually excelled in the final session as Delhi were trailing by 126 runs with 4 wickets in hand in the first innings. The hosts lost their last five wickets in the first half of the opening session with adding 32 runs to their overnight score. Two days left in this match and Delhi still trail by 126 runs, Bengal would fancy their chances of gaining the first-innings lead. (UNI)