Kaul picks six, puts Punjab in control vs Delhi
New Delhi: On pitch that was supposed to assist spinners, pacer Siddarth Kaul delivered for Punjab. Picked as a lone seamer for the Ranji tie against Delhi, the 28-year-old returned impressive figures of 6/32 as Delhi were bundled out for 107 on Day 1 of the contest here today. Punjab took the first-innings lead by the end of day’s play, finishing at 136/3 with Mandeep Singh (54*) and Yuvraj Singh (16*) at the crease.
Kaul kept it simple and bowled wicket-to-wicket. He varied his length throughout his spell, depending on the swing he was getting, and bent his back when nothing else worked. Varun Sood, for instance, was set up with a few outgoing deliveries, and was then caught while trying to fend away a bouncer.
“Everyone, including me, thought the wicket will turn. But in North India, especially during the winters, there is moisture and I utilized that well today. It is important that you visualise where you need to pitch the ball and get a purchase out of it,” said Kaul.
Brief scores: Delhi 107 all out (Siddarth Kaul 6/32); Punjab 136/3 (Mandeep Singh 54*)
Jammu and Kashmir 95 all out (Shubham Khajuria 44; Arun Bamal 5/13, Diwesh Pathania 4/30); Services 131/3 (Aanshul Gupta 59, Navneet Singh 58; Parvez Rasool 3/35).
Assam 215/6 (Gokul Sharma 51*, Sibsankar Roy 49; Jayant Yadav 2/37) versus Haryana.