Delhi v Haryana, Ranji Trophy, Delhi, 2nd day November 22, 2013

Ishant's five bundles out Haryana for 138

Amit Shetty

Delhi 201 (Bhatia 39, Budhwar 4-56) and 35 for 0 (Gambhir 26*, Chand 9*) lead Haryana 138 (Ishant 5-29, Bhatia 4-32) by 98 runs

Ishant Sharma exploited the helpful conditions of the Roshanara track to the fullest with a five-wicket haul as Delhi gained complete control on the second day of their Ranji Trophy group match against Haryana by taking a 98-run lead. Ishant and Rajat Bhatia shared nine wickets between them as Haryana were shot out for 138 in only 55 overs. In the remaining one hour, Delhi scored 35 runs with Gautam Gambhir reaching 26, courtesy of a couple of streaky boundaries, and an equal number of crisp ones.

Delhi's first innings folded at 201 within 17 minutes of the start of play on the second day, with an addition of only seven runs. Ishant then came out and produced a controlled performance as he hit the deck with regularity to finish with impressive figures of 5 for 29 from 17 overs. Bhatia again proved his worth in this Delhi side grabbing 4 for 32 in 16 overs, while Parvinder Awana worked tirelessly, despite getting only one wicket in the innings.

Having been dropped from the Indian team after some ordinary performances, Ishant's sixth five-wicket haul in first-class cricket couldn't have come at a better time. He would be eyeing a place among the pace attack that will be heading to South Africa beginning early next month and despite a helpful pitch, Ishant showed a lot of discipline.

Defending a first innings score of 201 needed early breakthroughs and Ishant got a couple of them straightaway. He didn't do anything spectacular, consistently bowling back-of-a-length deliveries that reared awkwardly with a hint of away movement from the right-handers. The first two dismissals were identical as Nitin Saini (6) and Sunny Singh (1) were troubled by the extra bounce. Both edged it to Punit Bisht, who had a good time behind the stumps, taking five regulation catches.

Ishant's first spell read 6-1-10-2 as Gambhir cleverly rotated his bowlers by giving them short spells, not letting the Haryana batsmen settle to any particular bowler.

After his useful 39, Bhatia bowled within his limitations to trouble the batsmen with his slow cutters. The even layer of grass helped his cause as the ball moved after pitching. One such delivery, an off-cutter for left-hander Abhimanyu Khod (15), saw him edge to Bisht for his third catch. Avi Barot (34) and Rahul Dalal (13) stayed for some time but were certainly not settled. It was Awana, who troubled them with some pace and movement, but was unlucky as a few edges flew past the slips.

Bhatia provided the first breakthrough in the post-lunch session as he got one to dart back sharply to trap Dalal in front of the wicket, though the batsman didn't seem happy with the umpire's decision. Bhatia's third success was more due to Gambhir's brilliant effort at point. It was an ordinary delivery pitched wide outside off and Barot went for a crushing square cut. Gambhir anticipated and took a reflex catch low down to reduce Haryana to 75 for 5.

Jayant Yadav was caught leg before as he played across the line to a fuller delivery, finally bringing a smile to Awana's face. However, Joginder Sharma's (35) entry brought life back into the Haryana chase as he started taking the bowlers on. The pitch had eased out a bit by then and he found an able ally in Sachin Rana (23).

The pair added 46 runs for the seventh wicket, though Joginder off Pawan Suyal's bowling, before Ishant came back and struck again. It was another delivery that rose from short of a length as Rana became Bisht's fourth victim of the innings. Joginder's 73-minute resistance finally ended when he tried to drive on the up and instead nicked off to Bisht, who completed his fifth catch.

Starting the post-tea session at 134 for 8, Haryana could add only four more runs as Ishant completed a well deserved five-wicket haul by bundling out the last two batsmen in successive overs.

Gambhir and Unmukt Chand have done well to survive the last hour, but their real job will be in the morning when Joginder and company begin to move the ball. It's getting easier for batting and like Ishant today, Virender Sehwag would be eyeing a decent knock in the middle tomorrow.

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  • Dummy4 on November 23, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    He needs to play one year of domestic tournament to know if he has it in him

  • Android on November 23, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Lord ishant sharma finally bowls good in the ranji trophy match, somehow i do see him as a better test bowler than odi's and for some reason india really needs to get a bettet bowling coach i dont know who it is right now. But he is failing big time with ishant sharma getting kicked out and shami's gained some pace which is doing him bit good because he is getting wickets otherwise he is expensive he leaks runs. bhuvi started off so well and he has just started to lose his accuray or whatever it may be. he has barely picked any wickets in the past few matches so hopefully they look at all of this and get a better bowling coach and look into training bowlers well as well if they want to progress rather than just focusing on batsman. India has got plenty of those.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    legspinbowlr - I am an ishant fan but I completely agree with u. He is currently 25. Let him play a couple of ranji reasons before picking him up for test selection. And that too if one of bhuvi, shami or umesh do badly. By picking him i mean in the 15 player squad if one of those seamers are in poor form. If 2 do badly (like for a couple of series perhaps even the whole year), then maybe go back to ishant. Otherwise let him stick to ranji. It is only going to make him hungrier and better

  • ESPN on November 22, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Ishanth is class,one bad over and he is not good enough? Ridiculous ! How do you explain Stuart broads career, ?? Anyways Ishanth is a sure shot to travel to South Africa,it's not about wickets or fivers! It's about leading the hunting pack and working out the batsmen, and Ishanth definitely fits in!

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Good enough for me. Welcome back, Ishant. India needs you. Shami needs to know his place.

  • Android on November 22, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    i hope he continues his good performances and finishes his career off with Delhi. He døesnt deserve any more chances at the international level.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    No need to be carried away, Rajat Bhatia who bowls at 110 KMPH got 4 wickets in this innings so there is nothing special here.

  • Aditya on November 22, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Cant believe this is only his 6th five-for in FC cricket (in 7 yrs of playing).... Anyway good for him.... lets hope he gets better....

  • M on November 22, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Hope BCCI wont pick up Ishant on just one off 5wkt haul, he needs to perform with consistency

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