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Mayank Agarwal smashes 169 as Delhi bowlers put on mat

Press Trust of India  |  Alur (Karnataka) 

Mayank Agarwal continued his dream run in smashing a hapless bowling attack into submission as hosts cruised to 348 for 4 on the first day of the group A encounter. Agarwal, known for his exploits in shorter formats, has been in good form having struck a career-best 304 in the last game against His two back to back three-figures have come after he bagged a pair against in an earlier match of the season. Today, he treated the bowlers with utter disdain remaining unbeaten on 169 off 235 balls. had the upperhand throughout the day despite getting KL Rahul (9) and Karun Nair (15) cheaply. Agarwal hit 23 boundaries and three huge sixes, treating the two spinners Manan Sharma (0/78 in 16 overs) and Vikas Mishra (0/87 in 24 overs) with little respect. Rishabh Pant had rough debut as a captain in a first- class game as his two frontline spinners were collectively taken for 165 runs in their 40 overs. Agarwal repeatedly used his feet to disturb the line and length of the two slow bowlers as they found little help from the track. How bad the bowling was could be gauged from the fact that they conceded 45 boundaries and five sixes in 90 overs -- virtually bowling atleast one boundary delivery per over. After left-arm seamer Kulwant Khejroliya removed the stylish Rahul early in the innings caught by Mishra, Agarwal and talented Ravikumar Samarth (58) added 112 runs for the second wicket. Nair was deceived by an arm ball from Manan which got Manish Pandey (74) to the crease. Together, Agarwal and Pandey flayed the attack adding 136 runs in 32 overs before Delhi's best bowler Navdeep Saini got Pandey to nick one to Pant behind the stumps.

The India international hit nine boundaries and two sixes. With Stuart Binny (14 batting) for company, Agarwal looks set for another long haul. Brief Scores In Alur: 348/4 (Mayank Agarwal 169 batting, Manish Pandey 74, Navdeep saini 1/44) vs In Guwahati: UP 349 all out (Upendra Yadav 127, Saurabh Kumar 133, Rajjakuddin Ahmed 3/103). Assam 25/0. In Pune: 249/5 (Ankit Bawne 92, rohit Motwani 52, 2/48, Karan Thakur 2/52) vs Railways.

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First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 20:48 IST