Varun Aaron is picked in the East Squad © Getty Images
Varun Aaron is picked in the East Squad © Getty Images

Oct 22, 2014

South zone made a steady start in the second semi-final of Duleep Trophy 2014-15 at Lahli, Rohtak after East Zone captain Manoj Tiwary won the toss and decided to bat first. East Zone fielded fielded a strong pace attack in this match which comprised of Ashok Dinda, Varun Aaron, Basant Mohanty and Rana Dutta. Apart from those Laxmi Ratan Shukla’s medium pace is also can be handy at this Lahli wicket.

The kay battle of this game is expected between East pacers vs South Batsmen. Vinay Kumar led team have class batsmen likes of Baba Aparajith, Robin Uthappa, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik on their ranks. And on the first session of Day one, South openers lived up to their reputations. Both Uthappa and Rahul handled the East pace attack brilliantly on a difficult pitch. Though Uthappa was dropped early at the slips by Sudip Chatterjee of the bowling of Ashok Dinda. That was the only chance they have given. Both batsmen applied themselves on the wicket and showed a lot of patience. South Zone reached 42 for no loss after 24 overs.