Ranji Trophy: Maharashtra crush ‘depleted’ Delhi by nine wickets | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Delhi, with severely depleted bowling resources, crashed to a nine-wicket defeat against Maharashtra in a Ranji Trophy group B match on Friday. Veteran pacer Ishant Sharma didn’t bowl a single over in the second innings due to an “unspecified injury”.
Ishant, who bowled 20 overs in the first innings, didn’t turn up for the second innings as Maharashtra batters Pavan Shah (87 not out) and Kaushal Tambe (64 not out) easily chased down the target of 178 in little under 46 overs.
This was after Himmat Singh’s (84) gutsy effort took Delhi’s second innings score to 310 to bring them back in the game.
However, Delhi’s first innings bowling hero Simarjeet Singh, who was forced to bowl 35 overs, could only bowl two overs in the second innings with a hamstring issue.
The other pacer Mayank Yadav also sustained a hamstring injury while bowling in the first innings.
With all three front-line seamers unavailable, Delhi captain Yash Dhull had to use five spinners in all, including himself.
Delhi spinners were ineffective on a track where 17 out of 20 Delhi wickets were picked by Maharashtra seamers.
“We play the next match against Assam in Guwahati on a green-top and all our top seamers would be unavailable. Ishant is already out of the next match. Maybe we have to try Prince Yadav.
“I guess it is time that selectors need to see if some senior players are only coming to play for IPL auctions or to serve Delhi cricket. If the first one is priority, they better not be picked,” a senior DDCA official told PTI.
Brief Scores:
Delhi 191 and 310 (Himmat Singh 84, Yash Dhull 57, Rajvardhan Hangargekar 3/75)
Maharashtra 324 and (target 178) 180/1 (Pavan Shah 87 not out, Kaushal Tambe 64 not out).
Result: Maharashtra won by 9 wickets.
Points: Maharashtra 6 Delhi 0.
(With inputs from agencies)


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