Hiten Dalal scored a strong 79 on his debut before Himachal Pradesh fought back to reduce Delhi to 305 for eight in stumps on the first day of a B Ranji Trophy Group B match in New Delhi on Monday.
Dhruv Shorey (88) also made a significant contribution but was lost to one hundred a day when some controversial calls were made.
Gautam Gambhir, who was 44, removed his disappointment after being caught on a short leg by Mayank Dagar's left swing arm on the 17th top. Repetitions showed that the ball only hit the pillow before Priyanshu Khanduri claimed the catches, resulting in a 96-opening match between Gambhir and Dalal.
Dalal and Shorey took the innings ahead. Dalian, who had scored fifty and debuting on list A earlier this year, went on to attack the slightest opportunities. It ends up collecting 10 quarts and three six.
When Dalal departed, Shorey never received the support he was looking for with Delhi suffering from a middle class collapse after being 161 for one in 34th place.
Nitish Rana (6) could not do much for his debut in the championship, lasting only 19 balls. By running the partners, a well-established Shorey missed the time he tried to fly over the cover.
Anuj Rawat and Lalit Yadav failed to build their starts, leaving Delhi to a point to annoy.
Varun Sood ran on the 18th and Vikash Mishra on 5 when he called his shakes.
Dagar was the choice of bowlers for Himachal Pradesh, taking three wickets for 57 runs in 21 overs, while off-spinner Gurvinder Singh took two for 57 in 21 overs.
Delhi 305/8 in 89 overs (Gambhir 44, Shorey 88, Dalal 79; Dagar 3/57).