Ishant and Saini’s entry made Delhi’s attack stronger but the lanky fast bowler (4-1-14-0) after a gingerly first spell was never brought back for a second spell.
It didn’t affect much as Saini (12-2-37-3) along with left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra (18-3-65-3) and two part-time off-break bowlers Lalit Yadav (13-0-46-2) and Nitish Rana (14-2-41-2) got wickets at regular intervals to deflate Jharkhand.
At stumps, Delhi were 28 for 1, losing Yash Dhull (5)’s wicket with Dhruv Shorey (15 batting) and Himmat Singh (5 batting) at the crease.
Jharkhand skipper Virat Singh (103 off 171 balls) and opener Nazim Siddiqui (52) were the only two significant contributors.
In fact, Delhi didn’t need Ishant with the slow track aiding spinners and Saini also worked up decent pace to keep the batters in tight leash during his multiple spells.
The only stand that was worth talking about was between Utkarsh Singh (21) and Nazeem as they added 78 for the second wicket in quick time.
Left-handed Virat, who struck 15 fours and a six, could never be in control as only No 10 Sushant Mishra (20) gave him some support for the ninth wicket which yielded 39. The skipper then added another 51 for the final wicket with Ashish Kumar on way to his fourth first-class ton.
When Delhi batted, Dhull tasted his first failure at senior level after twin hundreds as he edged one from Ashish to keeper Kumar Kushagra.
Twin tons by Baba twins
Seasoned Tamil Nadu twins Baba Indrajith (127) and Baba Aparajith (101 batting) added 207 for the third wicket as the formidable outfit scored 308 for 4 against Chattisgarh in another match of the same group.
Indrajith hit 21 fours in 141 balls and was the more attacking of the two while Aparajith had eight fours and two sixes in his kitty. Currently, hard-hitting M Shahrukh Khan is giving him company at 28.
Jharkhand 1st Innings 251 (Virat Singh 103, Navdeep Saini 3/37, Vikas Mishra 3/65). Delhi 1st Innings 28/1 (Yash Dhull 5).
Tamil Nadu 1st Innings 308/4 (Baba Indrajith 127, Baba Aparajith 101 batting) vs Chattisgarh.