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Tehlan's half-century shores up Delhi

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Mukesh Dewan, Kuunal Lall scalp four each to bowl Maharashtra out cheaply

NEW DELHI: Mayank Tehlan steered Delhi to a secure position with an unbeaten half-century to follow up the good work done by the host bowlers, Mukesh Dewan and Kuunal Lall, on the second day of the Elite Group A Ranji Trophy match against Maharashtra on Saturday.

Debutant Tehlan batted patiently on a slow pitch as Delhi crawled to 170 for four in reply to Maharashtra's first innings total of 208.

Going in at the fall of opener Shikhar Dhawan, Tehlan shared three useful partnerships to remain undefeated on 74 in 231 balls off seven boundaries.

Tehlan said, "I felt no pressure despite it being my debut match as we had contained Maharashtra to a modest total."

After struggling to bundle out Maharashtra on Friday afternoon, Delhi wasted no time this morning as Dewan and Lall bowled good line and had the visitors in a bind.

Overnight batsman Kaushik Aphale failed to add any runs to his score and became Lall's third wicket.

Lall brought an end to Sairaj Bahutule's gutsy innings (66, 156b, 5x4). After his departure, Maharashtra could hardly put up any resistance.

Delhi opened its innings on a shaky note as Dhawan went for an ambitious shot early on and holed out to Dhruv Mohan's secure hands off Suyash Burkul. It was hardly the way to go for Delhi, which is yet to open its account after two rounds. But, Tehlan joined opener Aakash Chopra to resurrect Delhi.

Chopra and Tehlan took Delhi past 50, with the debutant being the one taking on the Mahrashtra attack with aplomb. Tehlan completed his 50 off 148 balls with six fours to justify his inclusion in the squad after hugely successful seasons in club cricket.

Chopra fell to speedster Munaf Patel, who trapped the former India opener with a delivery that kept low. The 62-run stand between Chopra and Tehlan still was not enough for Delhi to breathe easy.

Delhi batsmen continued to play with caution as Mithun Manhas (21, 61b) and Rajat Bhatia (24, 87b, 2x4) added 40 and 51 runs for the third and fourth wickets respectively with Tehlan, holding one end up. Both Manhas and Bhatia were trapped leg before wicket by Suyash Burkul, but Delhi pulled itself along to a safe position.

The scores: Maharashtra — 1st innings: M. Nigde lbw b Dewan 8, D. Jadhav b Bhandari 0, H. Kanitkar lbw b Lall 17, K. Aphale c Dewan b Lall 24, S. Bahutule b Lall 66, A. Kale c Chopra b Lall 3, D. Mohan c Chopra b Nanda 10, S. Satbhai c Dhawan b Dewan 7, M. Patel c Varun Kumar b Dewan 46, S. Borkal (not out) 4, R. Jadhav c Varun Kumar b Dewan 5, Extras (b-3, lb-1, w-1, nb-13) 18, Total (in 81.5 overs) 208.

Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-19, 3-52, 4-57, 5-82, 6-97, 7-177, 8-194, 9-201.

Delhi bowling: A. Bhandari 20-4-46-1, K. Lall 24-9-33-4, R. Bhatia 5-1-15-0, M. Dewan 17.5-1-58-4, C. Nanda 13-3-46-1, M. Manhas 2-0-6-0.

Delhi — 1st innings: A. Chopra lbw b Patel 24, S. Dhawan c Mohan b Burkul 6, M. Tehlan (batting) 74, M. Manhas lbw b Burkul 21, R. Bhatia lbw b Burkul 24, P. Chawla (batting) 7, Extras (b-6, lb-2, w-1, nb-5) 14. Total (for four wickets in 84 overs) 170.

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-70, 3-110, 4-161.

Maharashtra bowling: M. Patel 23-5-45-1, S. Burkul 22-7-54-3, S. Bahutule 31-14-39-0, D. Mohan 3-0-6-0, R. Jadhav 5-0-18-0.

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