September 25, 2022
Duleep Trophy: West and North Zone reach semi-finals on first innings lead


West Zone and North Zone secured a semi-final berth in the Duleep Trophy by taking a first innings lead in their matches against North East Zone and East Zone respectively. While West took a massive 367-run lead over North East Zone at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and opted for batting practice on the fourth and final day on Sunday, North rode a scintillating ton by debutant Yash Dhull (193) and East Zone’s total. Overhauled the score. , By the end of the match, West Zone, led by Ajinkya Rahane, had scored 268 for five. Ath Sheth remained unbeaten on 102 (101 balls, 10 fours, 1 six) and Shams Mulani fell on 97 (115 balls, 12 fours) as the match ended in a draw.

The North East bowlers did much better in the second innings and bowled out their opponents for three for 49 and 65 for 4 before Mulani and Sheth came together for a 179-run partnership.

Medium pacer Dippu Sangma (3 for 70) kept the West Indies batsmen under control by dismissing Het Patel (7), Rahul Tripathi (24) and Hardik Tamor (24).

In Puducherry, North resumed the night at 433 for three, adding 112 runs before being bowled out for 545. Himanshu Rana scored 81 and captain Mandeep Singh scored 63 runs for a patient.

North Zone looked set for a huge total but hard-hitting left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed took five wickets to restrict Mandeep Singh & Co.

Shahbaz Ahmed’s scalp included Mandeep, Himanshu Rana, Nishant Sindhu. He ended a 131-run stand between Mandeep and Himanshu Rana, which helped East stop North’s charge.

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Earlier on Saturday, the talented Dhul made a brilliant 193 (243 balls, 28 fours, 2 sixes) to give North Zone an answer to East’s first innings score of 397.

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