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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Irani Cup 2008: Second Day Report

Delhi batsmen failed to capitalize on the advantage given by their bowlers as Delhi’s first innings got wrapped up within 177 runs on the second day of the Irani Cup 2008. With excellent bowling from Rest of India bowlers, spearheaded by pacer Munaf Patel, Rest of India took a small by crucial 75-run lead in the first innings and at the end of the day Rest of India batsmen could extend the lead up to 174, losing the wicket of opener Wasim Jaffer as Rest of India’s second innings reached 99 for 1 at stamps.

Except opener Aakash Chopra and Captain Virender Sehwag, no other batsman could play well. Aakash Chopra scored 42, while Sehwag could reach 43 runs. Wicketkeeper Puneet Bisht scored 28, while pacer Sangwan scored 23, but all went in veil as other batsmen could not support them well. All of the Rest of India bowlers performed well. Munaf Patel picked up four wickets, while Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh got two wickets each.

Rest of India openers got a good start as they put on 44 runs for the first wicket partnership before Wasim Jaffer fell on 21 off Sangwan. However, Dravid and Badrinath remained not on 34 and 33 respectively, taking their second innings score to 99 for 1. With 175-run lead and nine wickets at hand, Rest of India seems to be in the driving seat. If Delhi bowlers can not do exceptionally well, then the seemingly victory for Rest of India will be materialized.

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