Haryana might not have the best batting line-up in the domestic circuit, but a 5-wicket haul at the Ranji Trophy level can never be undermined.
And on Friday, Delhi pace bowler Ishant Sharma showed at the Roshanara Club Ground in the Capital that he still has it in him to ruffle a few feathers when he has his head in the right place.
Bowling an spotless line and getting some disconcerting bounce from just short of the excellent length area, he in partnership with Rajat Bhatia ensured that the visitors managed just 138 in their 1st essay, after Delhi folded up for 201 in their first essay.
Delhi had a lead of 98 by the time stumps were drawn on the second day. Gambhir (26) and Unmukt Chand (9) were at the crease with Delhi team score in the second innings reading 35/0.
As Coach Sanjeev Sharma had told MAIL TODAY on Thursday, Ishant Sharma would be the difference between the two sides. While he started off waywardly in the first over, he looked a totally different bowler second over onwards.
With the wicket at the Roshanara known to favour the pacers also one of the major reasons why captain Gambhir wanted to play here all Ishant Sharma did was bowl in the right areas and let the ball do the rest. Pitching the ball constantly outside the channel of uncertainty slightly outside the off-stump he kept extracting disconcerting bounce.
And all time he pitched the ball up, it swung viciously.
The fact that Joginder Sharma (35) was the highest scorer for Haryana clearly shows poor application by the visitors batsmen.
Ishant Sharma (5/29) was ably supported by Rajat Bhatia (4/32) and Parvinder Awana (1/32). Awana was really unlucky as he kept troubling the Haryana batsmen, without much reward.
Scores: Delhi 201 & 35/0 (Gautam Gambhir 26 not out); Haryana 138 (Ishant Sharma 5/29, Rajat Bhatia 4/32).