Manoj Tiwary helped East Zone win the semi-final against North Zone with a knock of 151 © IANS (File Photo)
Manoj Tiwary helped East Zone win the semi-final against North Zone with a knock of 151 © IANS (File Photo)

Deodhar Trophy 2014-15 final will be played between East Zone and West Zone at Mumbai on Wednesday. Varun Arora picks out players who will play an important role for their side.

Manoj Tiwary: Tiwary played a captain’s knock when he scored unbeaten 151 against North Zone in the first semi-final. Tiwary who came out to bat No. 4 took charge of the East Zone innings, guiding his side to a total of 273 when the other batsmen failed to strike. His 151 came off 121 balls, which included four sixes and 15 boundaries. Tiwary will hold an important place in the East Zone middle-order when they take on West Zone on Wednesday.

Saurasish Lahiri: The right arm off-break bowler has played 75 List-A matches in his 14-year career, and he will be a vital cog in the final. Lahiri was the highest wicket-taker for East Zone in the preceding match as he picked up three North Zone wickets. He started with the wicket of Mandeep Singh who was looking all-set to complete his half century and later returned to remove Rishi Dhawan and Parvez Rasool.

Dhawal Kulkarni: Kulkarni will lead the fast-bowling department for the West Zone. Kulkarni picked three wickets and gave away 64 runs in the second semi-final West Zone played against South Zone. Kulkarni was also the part of the Indian squad which played five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and picked up eight wickets in the three matches he played. Kulkarni would like make his international experience count when he plays at home.

Akshar Patel: Patel came out to bat when West Zone were reduced to 174 for six, chasing a target of 314 put up by South Zone. Patel then went on to score 64 off just 38 balls which helped West Zone knock out the defending champions. Patel was pugnacious from the start as he struck the South Zone bowlers all over the park.  West Zone would want Patel to fire with both bat and ball in the final.

Suryakumar Yadav: Yadav’s astounding 56-ball 80 led West Zone to a swashbuckling two-wicket win over South Zone. Yadav was at his very best as clobbered the South Zone bowlers with a sense of fearlessness. He was dismissed in the 39th over but the match had already been taken in control by Patel. Yadav will play a pivotal role at No. 5 in the final of the Deodhar Trophy.

(Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry. He started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)