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Suyal gets five, Delhi all seven

Siddhartha Sharma

Posted: Nov 13, 2012 at 0343 hrs IST

New Delhi: Since featuring against Mumbai in the 2010-11 Ranji Trophy season, a knee injury had kept Pawan Suyal out of First-Class cricket. Returning to the Delhi lineup against Orissa, there must have been a lot of doubts in the 23-year-old left arm seamer’s mind — whether he would last the distance, whether he would repay the faith of his team management, who had picked him in place of Pradeep Sangwan. He needn’t have worried. In the first innings, he had picked up three wickets. He followed that up with five in the second innings as Delhi wrapped up a ten-wicket win and took all seven points.

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)

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