Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Delhi in charge after dramatic Himachal collapse

In their first their Elite Group B match of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy, Gautam Gambhir’s Delhi remain on top of Himachal Pradesh at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

The home team were bowled out for 317 from an overnight 305/8, with Pankaj Jaiswal taking the required two wickets, and then moved into the ascendency by keeping Himachal to 216/8 at stumps on Tuesday.

It would have been far worse for Himachal if not for a stabilising stand of 95 between Rishi Dhawan (64) and Ekant Sen (46) after Varun Sood and Vikas Mishra triggered a collapse from 50/2 to 58/6 in the span of roughly seven overs. Mishra’s extraction of Ankush Bains for 22 was followed by Sood getting rid of Nikhil Gangta and Sumeet Verma for ducks and then Akash Vashisht for 1.

A crisis was averted by one-time India allrounder Dhawan and Sen, in his second first-class match. Sood later dismissed Dhawan for his fourth wicket, before Mayank Dagar (21*) and Jaiswal (23*) steered Himachal to the close of play. Jaiswal hit two sixes and a four in his 17-ball innings.

Brief scores: Himachal Pradesh 216/8 (Dhawan 64, Sood 4/53) trail Delhi 317 by 101 runs