New Delhi: Sarthak Ranjan, son of a former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) politician and MP from Madhepura, was recently in news after his controversial inclusion in the Delhi side for Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. Sarthak was included in the side despite him not having played a single match this season.

However in his first outing this season, Sarthak scored 31 off 20 balls. Interestingly, Ranjan was sent to open against the weakest team in the zonal leg, replacing last match’s half-centurion Dhruv Shorey, who reportedly had an ankle injury. Meanwhile, Sarthak got a reprieve before notching up a half-century opening stand with former Delhi captain Rishabh Pant.

Sarthak hit three boundaries apart from two sixes during his stay at the crease. The first of the two sixes was a catch that was taken by the fielder at long-on, but he crossed the boundary ropes after losing his balance.

Pant, who made short work of a below-par Jammu and Kashmir bowling attack, scored 51 off just 31 balls as Delhi won their second Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 match by eight wickets.

Delhi outclassed the wooden spooners of North Zone in all departments, never taking their foot off the pedal while chasing a paltry target of 101 in 11.3 overs.

Among the Delhi bowlers, left-arm spinner Pawan Negi (3/27 in 4 overs) was the most successful.
Rishabh hit a couple of straight sixes, including one off opposite number Parveez Rasool, which landed on the top-most tier of the Feroz Shah Kotla stand.

(With PTI inputs)