west zone 8 for 250 (Patel 96*, Unadkat 39*, Sai Kishore 3-80) vs. south zone
But a lot is to be expected from an incredibly strong West Zone batting line-up like Rahane (8), Iyer (37), Sarfaraz Khan (34), Yashasvi Jaiswal (1) and current India A captain Priyank Panchal (7) Was.
For South Zone, fast bowlers Basil Thampi (2 for 42 in 15 overs) and CV Stephen (2 for 39 in 10 overs) blew up the West Zone top order within the first half hour.
In the morning, Andhra left-arm seamer Stephen poked Jaiswal outside the off-stump and was caught by wicketkeeper Ricky Bhui.
Rahane started off with a boundary, but old habits began to bother him as Kerala pacer Thampi pulled Ravi Teja into the slip cordon to take him to an edge from behind the stumps. For Panchal, Stephen’s delivery straightened a touch after pitching and dropped the India A captain in front of the stumps.
Once it was 16 for 3, the Mumbai pair of Sarfaraz and Iyer came together and looked like reviving the innings with a 48-run partnership. While Sarfaraz took one end, Iyer played his strokes, which included four fours and a six.
It was Sai Kishore who got Iyer caught at the hands of B Inderjeet when the batsman looked set and Sarfaraz got to finish off a similar 117-ball guard.
The Tamil Nadu left-arm spinner then shook the West Zone with his third scalp as left-handed batsman Shams Mulani was caught by a ball that turned him back into the shadows.
Patel stopped the rot from his side during his 178-ball knock, which hit six fours and a six. He first put on 63 runs for the seventh wicket with Atit Seth (25) before Thampi found success with the old ball.
Before Patel, K Gautam called Tanush Kotian and Unadkat challenged South Zone for 21 overs.