Kochi: Oct 18, 2013
South Zone opted to bat while North received a setback when India discard Gautam Gambhir had to fly back to Delhi owing to viral fever. However another out-of-favour veteran Virender Sehwag is there in the XI which is led by Harbhajan Singh.
While Rahul was dismissed when he mistimed a pull-shot off a rising delivery from Haryana pacer Mohit, Mukund was cleaned up by Kaul with a delivery that cut back sharply uprooting the middle-stump.
Wicketkeeper CM Gautam (8 batting) was at the crease with the in-form Baba Aparajith (0 batting).
It was the poor drainage system at the Nehru Stadium here that has cost nearly two days of play. Despite bright sunshine since yesterday afternoon, the two umpires Suresh Shastri and Sanjay Hazare found it difficult to start the proceedings due to heavy outfield which was not conducive for competitive cricket.
South Zone 33 for 2 (Lokesh Rahul 9, Mohit Sharma 1 for 11, Siddharth Kaul 1 for 13) vs North Zone.