Harshal’s all-round show leaves Delhi struggling
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One of the reasons for Haryana's slow start to the season was the absence of fast bowler Harshal Patel, their key performer last year. Patel was sent to play the CK Nayudu Trophy where he endured a side strain, ruling him out of the first three games, all of which Haryana lost. Apart from his wicket-taking ability, Patel is also a handy batsman low down the order and showed his value against Delhi on Day Two at Lahli.
Coming in at No. 10, Patel took on Delhi spinners Vikas Mishra and Manoj Chauhan, remaining unbeaten on 39 (49b, 4x4, 1x6) to take Haryana to 307, and returned with the ball to pick up two wickets as Delhi were165for six at stumps.
Haryana started at 219 for six and left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra sent back Rahul Dalal for 48 in the sixth over of the day. At 237/7 and 249/8, it looked like Haryana's tail would fold quickly like it has done repeatedly this season. However, seamers Mohit Sharma and Patel batted sensibly, adding 25 runs for the ninth wicket. Patel played the seamers with caution and dominated the spinners.
Using his feet well on a slow track, Patel was comfortable against the spinners, most evidently when he hit Manoj Chauhan for a massive six over long on. With last man Ashish Hooda, he stitched 33 runs of 40 balls in a phase which saw Delhi conceding 51 runs in the final 11 overs. Parvinder Awana finished things off with the wicket of Hooda and claimed his five-for.
Delhi may have walked off the field satisfied with restricting Rajasthan to 307, but were in for a blow, literally, when opener Unmukt Chand, who had taken numerous blows fielding at silly point, was once again hit on the elbow by a Mohit Sharma delivery. He had to go back to the dressing room for treatment. It got worse for Delhi when Mohit pushed at an away swinger from Patel to leave Delhi seven for one in the second over.
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