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Suyal’s displays in both innings reflected his skill at using the conditions during the morning session. In the first innings, he took the new ball and scalped two wickets in the first hour, with perfectly pitched inswingers — his most trusted weapon.
On Monday, Suyal showed he could bowl the other one too. First victim was skipper Natraj Behera, who edged to keeper Bisht. Biplab Samantray went in similar fashion, nicking to first slip. The tail didn’t resist for too long; Suyal sent back Deepak Behera and Basant Mohanty with successive deliveries, both of which provided Unmukt Chand catching practice at third slip.
“The ball wasn’t moving around too much, so I tried to keep the batsmen on the backfoot with the short ball and then surprise them with the out-going delivery. Bowling alongside Sumit Narwal and Awana is a huge boost as they know how to get batsmen out, and guide me all the time. And the two matches that I played in the CK Nayudu Trophy helped me gain some momentum before the Ranji. It was very satisfying, especially after sitting at home, nursing an injury for so long.”
Once Suyal did his job, Shikhar Dhawan came to the act and blasted the Orissa bowling all over as Delhi reached their target without loss. Dhawan remained unbeaten on 55 while Unmukt Chand scored 23.
Brief scores: Delhi 331 & 82 for no loss (S Dhawan 55 not out, U Chand 23 not out) vs Orissa 143 & 269 all out in 111.4 overs (G Poddar 85, B Samantray 47, N Behera 45; P Suyal 5/93, S Narwal 3/41)