Bhui’s 150 saves Andhra blushes against Delhi in Ranji

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RICKY Bhui turned out to be the saviour for Andhra as the vis­it­ing side re­cov­ered from top-or­der fail­ure on Day One to fin­ish at 266 for 7 at stumps against Delhi in the Ranji Tro­phy en­counter on Thurs­day.

Su­bodh Bhati (5/35) shined for the home side at the Feroz Shah Kotla as he grabbed his maiden five-wicket haul against Andhra; leav­ing them reel­ing at 48/4 at one point.

How­ever, the good work of Bhati was un­done by the star of the day Bhui, who slammed other Delhi bowlers through­out the park with 19 bound­aries and a max­i­mum.

He was pro­vided sup­port from the other end from lower-or­der bats­men such as P Giri­nath Reddy (29), B Shiva Cha­ran Singh (27) and Karn Sharma (31).

Cen­tre of at­trac­tion, Gau­tam Gamb­hir has a quiet day field­ing in the slip for the spin­ners and on mi­don for the pac­ers through­gout the day.

Play­ing his last first-class match, DDCA made spe­cial ar­range­ment for a pro­fes­sional who was paint­ing the live pro­ceed­ing of Gamb­hir’s last match.

The for­mer Delhi skipeer dra­mat­i­cally an­nounced his re­tire­ment on Tues­day af­ter post­ing a 11-minute video on his face­book and Twit­ter han­dle.

Mean­while in the match, Bhui added 74 for the fifth wicket with Giri­nath af­ter the top-or­der col­lapse.

It was fol­lowed by an­other 66-run stand with Shiva Cha­ran and sub­se­quently 77 for the sev­enth wicket with Karn.

Save Bhati, who bowled the per­fect length over af­ter over, the in­ex­pe­ri­enced at­tack didn’t look men­ac­ing as Bhui played shots all round the wicket once he got set.

Debu­tant left-arm spin­ner Shivank Vashist (0/58 in 16 overs) was be­low par and could hardly trou­ble the bats­men.

Brief Scores: Andhra 266/7 (Ricky Bhui 150 bat­ting, Karn Sharma 31, Su­bodh Bhati 5/35 in 21 overs).

GU­GALE HITS A TON

Mean­while in the group A en­counter, Ma­ha­rash­tra opener Swap­nil Gu­gale hit a cen­tury as the hosts pow­ered their way to 298 for 3 against Mumbai on the open­ing day on Thurs­day.

Put in to bat, Gu­gale (101) and his open­ing partner Chi­rag Khu­rana (71) laid a solid foun­da­tion with a 146-run stand. Brief Scores: At Pune: Ma­ha­rash­tra (Swap­nil Gu­gale 101, Chi­rag Khu­rana 71; Shub­ham Ran­jane 2-30) ver­sus Mumbai.

PHOTO: PANKAJ NANGIA

Ricky Bhui plays a shot dur­ing the Ranji match at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Thurs­day.

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