Delhi strike back after Dewan vigil
Haryana opener Rahul Dewan didn't want to leave the crease after an ordinary ball from left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra rolled back from his bat to hit the stumps. Dewan had already missed an opportunity to make a start count in the previous game against Baroda when he got out on 48 and Haryana couldn't capitalise. On Saturday, having survived swing, seam and turn for more than four hours on Day One, Dewan's patient knock of 71 (170b) came to an unfortunate end. And like in the game against Baroda, Haryana again crumbled towards the end, finishing the day on 219 for six.
Apart from an unbeaten 143 that he scored against England at Ahmedabad in the tour game, Dewan has endured a tough time this Ranji season. Dewan's two starts until now — a 31 against Vidarbha and the 48 against Baroda — and for the first time this season, Dewan looked set for a long stay. The Lahli wicket provided hardly any assistance off the pitch to the Delhi attack of Parwinder Awana and Sumit Narwal and Haryana took advantage.
Dewan and Nitin Saini took Haryana to drinks at 44 in 18 overs. While safety was Dewan's concern, Saini punished every loose ball. Saini was on 31 then with five fours and Dewan took time playing 51 balls for his 11.
Parvinder Awana bowled well from the beginning, beating Saini's bat a couple of times. He got his man in the 23rd over when Saini scooped a catch to mid off.
After this dismissal, Dewan dominated the spinners. With the spinners doing the bulk of the Delhi bowling (Mishra and Manoj Chauhan sent down 53 overs) on a slow turner, Dewan played the waiting game.
Sunny Singh (28, 70b, 5x4) too played a supporting hand before a length ball from Sumit Narwal took the inner edge to hit the stumps in the 45th over. Sunny and Dewan stitched together 50 runs. Dewan was the third Haryana wicket to fall on 156 in the 59th over but not before adding 37 runs with Abhimanyu Khod.