Robin Uthappa started slowly but gained momentum later    IANS (File Photo)
Robin Uthappa started slowly but gained momentum later IANS (File Photo)

Oct 30, 2014

South Zone reached 65 runs for no loss at lunch on the second day of Duleep Trophy final played at Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday.

When the South Zone batsmen came out to bat it looked pretty easy for them. KL Rahul did bulk of the scoring for the South Zone as he punished wayward deliveries bowled by Central bowlers. Rahul was solid in his approach, he played everything with the straight bat and scored briskly. Pankaj Singh and Ishwar Pandey strayed down the leg too often, bowled wrong line which propelled the Central Zone skipper to get Faiz Fazal early. Fazal bowled a single over and went for 6 runs before he was removed. South Zone reached 50 in the 14th over bowled by Pankaj Singh which also went for two boundaries.

Earlier, Central Zone had a short stay at the crease on Thursday morning as they were bowled out for 276 in 100 overs.Central were at 237 for 7 on Wednesday after the play was closed early due to poor light.

Arindam Ghosh and Ali Murtaza came out to continue the proceedings on the second day for the Central Zone but Ghosh went back walking only in the third over after the start. South Zone captain Vinay Kumar got the first breakthrough in his second over.

Ishwar Pandey joined Murtaza and added crucial runs to the Central total. Pandey was dismissed lbw by Pragyan Ojha when he was batting at 15. Pankaj Singh came in next and thrashed Ojha for two boundaries. Things didn’t last long as Murtaza was bowled by Abhimanyu Mithun on the last ball of the 100th over.

Brief scores:

Central Zone 276 (Robin Bisht 79, Faiz Fazal 49; R Vinay Kumar 2 for 54, Baba Aparajith 2 for 26) vs South Zone 65 for no loss (KL Rahul 42*, Robin Uthappa 23*).