Chennai: Oct 6, 2013
Former champions South Zone progressed to the semi-final of the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament by pipping West Zone by virtue of a 313-run first innings lead after their four-day quarter-final match ended in a draw in Chennai on Sunday.
South Zone will now play Central Zone in the last four game here at the MA Chdambaram Stadium from October 10-13.
South Zone’s Malolan Rangarajan ( five for 101) wrecked havoc, dismissing five West Zone batsmen, while spinners Abhinav Mukund (two for 8) and R Kaushik Srinivas (two for 52) shared four wickets between them.
West Zone’s top-order batsman Ankit Bawne‘s chanceless unbeaten 115 was the highlight of the day.
Baba Aparajith was rightly adjudged man-of-the-match for his all-round display.
Overnight unbeaten batsmen, Rakesh Dhruv, who survived a run-out chance when on 36, made a valuable 53 before he was caught at mid-on by Rohan Prem of Srinivas as West Zone were bowled out for 287 in reply to South Zone’s mammoth first innings total of 600 declared for the loss of nine wickets.
South made 44 runs in their second essay for the loss one wicket in 22.5 overs before both the captains agreed for a draw.