Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Dalal’s blistering century drives Delhi

New Delhi: Delhi’s target of scoring around 400 runs in a day was almost achieved against an inconsistent Raj attack on the 1st day of their Ranji Trophy match on Wednesday.

Put in, Delhi finished the day at 389 for six, riding mainly on Hiten Dalal’s pre-lunch 102, Jonty Sidhu’s 92 and Himmat Singh’s 90.

With 52 boundaries and six sixes coming in 89 overs, Raj could do very little as Delhi went about its task in a business-like manner, ready to trade wickets for quick runs. The 142-run opening stand came off just 25.3 overs and set the pace of Delhi’s innings. Dalal was on fire as he smashed a six and 18 hits to the fence before his dismissal signalled an early lunch.

Before Dalal, who dominated the first session with some fluent stroke-play during his 93-ball blitzkrieg, Anuj Rawat (45, 5×4, 2×6) and skipper Dhruv Shorey (1) departed in quick succession.

Besides Rawat, Delhi owed much to Himmat and Sidhu. The 147-run fifth-wicket stand involving Himmat and Sidhu truly foiled Rajasthan’s hopes of curtailing Delhi’s run-flow.

Among the Rajasthan medium pacers, Aniket Choudhary looked most disciplined. Spin-options Rahul Chahar, Mahipal Lomror and Maneria gained a wicket each. Here, Lomror and Maneria benefited from the batsmen’s urgency to add quick runs.

Brief Scores: Delhi 389/6 in 89 overs (Dalal 102, Sidhu 92, Himmat 90) vs Rajasthan.