October 4, 2022
Duleep Trophy: North Zone take lead vs East as Yash Dhul hammers 193


Talented batsman Yash Dhull smashed 193 runs in his first innings at stumps on the third day of the Duleep Trophy quarter-final against East Zone, hitting 28 fours and two sixes, to take North Zone to 433 for 3 on Saturday. Thanks to Dhul’s batting valor, North Zone have taken a 36-run first innings lead with seven wickets in hand, and they are in command of the match. After a stellar start to his Ranji Trophy career with hundreds in both innings for Delhi earlier this year against Tamil Nadu, Dhul made his first appearance in the prestigious Duleep Trophy memorable with a scintillating century on Saturday. He missed out on scoring a double century by just seven runs.

The high-class Dhul, who led India to victory in the Under-19 World Cup earlier this year, displayed his tremendous skills, punishing the eastern zone bowlers whenever they made mistakes in line and length.

19-year-old Dhul faced 243 balls during his stroke-filled innings. He headed north as he scored 100 runs in the 24th over. He reached his well-deserved ton with 15 hits in 131 balls, taking the team’s score to 174 for 1.

He continued his search for runs and found the fence 13 times in an innings which kept the scoreboard ticking at a brisk pace.

Dhul and Manan Vohra (44) put on 128 runs for the first wicket and Shahbaz Nadeem (1 for 107) got the second wicket. Dhul then added 192 runs for the second wicket with Dhruv Shourie (81, 163 balls, 9 fours) to bring North close to East Zone’s first innings total of 397.

After Dhul was bowled by Mani Shankar Mura Singh for 193 marathons, Shourie and captain Mandeep Singh (34 batting) put on a 28-run partnership before falling.

Mandeep looked content to play the second fiddle as Himanshu Rana went on overdrive and a 62 (82 balls, 8 fours) helped North take the lead.

Brief scores: East Zone 397 in 136.4 overs (Virat Singh 117) vs North Zone 433 for 3 in 111 overs (Yash Dhul 193, Dhruv Shourie 81, Himanshu Rana 62 batting; Manan Vohra 44).

North East batsmen make West Zone bowlers to work harder ================================== In Chennai The formidable West zone bowlers faced unexpected resistance from the North East zone batsmen before they were bowled out for 235 in 81.5 overs to take a massive 367-run lead in the first innings on the third day of the second quarter-final.

Ankur Malik scored a quick 81 while captain Hoketo Zimoni and Ashish Thapa made useful contributions in defying the West team, who would have expected small work from their opponents.

West declared on an overnight score of 590 for 2 and the weak North East batting line-up slipped to 20 for 4 as the experienced Jaydev Unadkat (3 for 35) and Chintan Gaza (4 for 38) got to work.

Unadkat dismisses Kishan Lindoh (2) and sets the ball rolling. He got Mohamed Al Basheed caught by Het Patel for a duck on the next ball but Jonathan Rongsen stopped him from taking a hat-trick.

Jonathan fell at the hands of Gaza a few overs later and Doria was caught by Ajinkya Rahane off an undercut ball and dismissed North East for 20 for 4.

When it looked like the North-East side would surrender quickly, captains Jhimoni (32) and Thapa (43) came together. He defied a varied West Zone attack for over 30 overs, focusing on survival rather than scoring.

Zimoni’s stone-pelting efforts – which lasted 154 balls and a 62-run stand with Thapa (143 balls, 4 fours) ensured that the West bowlers were made to work hard for the wickets.

Thapa succumbed to medium pacer Atit Sheth (2 for 51) as West managed to break the stand. Deepu Sangma (2) didn’t last long but Ankur Malik (81), who came in at No. 8, was in no mood to defend. He attacked the West Zone bowlers and hit 13 boundaries to spark some interest in the proceedings.

Malik particularly liked the bowling of spinner Shams Mulani and hit him for seven fours. His aggression meant that the North East crossed the 200-run mark. He fell 19 runs short of a ton when Gaza cast him.

Despite taking a huge lead with one day’s play remaining, West decided to bat for the second time.

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Earlier, West had scored 590 for 2 on double centuries from Rahane and Yashasvi Jaiswal and a ton from Prithvi Shaw.

Brief Scores: West Zone 590 for 2 in 123 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 228, Ajinkya Rahane 207 not out, Prithvi Shaw 113) & 12 for 1 in 9 overs vs North East Zone 235 all out in 81.5 overs (Ankur Malik 81, Ashish Thapa 43, Hoketo Zimono 32, Jaydev Unadkat 3/35, Chintan Gaza 4/38).

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