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02-Nov-2012 16:12:00 GMT
India domestic

Sehwag-Gambhir Still Search Form, Fail Again

Ghaziabad: Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir's poor run of form continued as a formidable Delhi batting line-up could manage only 235 against Uttar Pradesh on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy group league match on Friday.

The likes of Sehwag, Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Unmukt Chand were all back in the pavilion even before the lunch session, much to the disappointment of the capacity 15,000 crowd which expected some fireworks from the India stars in the Group B match.

Sehwag managed 25 while Gambhir and Kohli contributed 32 and 14 respectively. Unmukt, as usual, hit some lovely drives but did not go beyond an individual score of 28.

On a hazy day at the Nehru Stadium, Uttar Pradesh's right-arm medium pacer Imtiaz Ahmed bowled to a disciplined line as the much vaunted Delhi line-up could not make an impact.

Imtiaz grabbed five for 59 while out of favour seamer Praveen Kumar did his cause no harm by taking three wickets for 56 runs.

Delhi's first innings lasted only 65.2 over. The highlight of the Delhi innings was 86 runs added for the fifth wicket by Mithun Manhas and Punit Bisht.

Bisht top-scored with 52 while Manhas got out after scoring 42. Delhi lost their last six wickets for 43 runs in 11.1 overs as Imtiaz took four wickets in the post-lunch session.

At 192 for four, just when it looked like Delhi were staging a recovery, Manhas paid the price for an expansive drive only to edge one to Amit behind the stumps off Imtiaz.

Praveen then polished off the tail. At stumps, UP were 40 for one with Ishant Sharma having removed Tanmay Srivastava.

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