North Zone lead East Zone by 559 runs at the end of Day Three © AFP (Representational picture)

Kochi: Oct 12, 2013

Ian Dev Singh posted a scintillating 145, while Rajat Paliwal and Nitin Saini also scored unbeaten centuries as North Zone amassed a mamoth 591 for eight declared in their first innings against East Zone on the third day of the Duleep Trophy.

First down batsman Singh had hit 17 fours and two sixes in his 263-ball innings, while Paliwal (106) and Saini (101) were the other notable batsman. Saini needed eight fours and four sixes in his 137-ball innings.

In reply to North Zone‘s first innings score, East Zone could reach 32 for one in 14 overs, still needing 559 runs with nine wickets remaining in the first innings at the Nehru Stadium here.

Returned hurt on 95, Singh came back to bat again today after Mandeep Singh was dismissed by Sunny Gupta in the 128th over. Singh completed her century in 194 balls and was finally removed by Gupta in the 159.3 over.

Paliwal also got retired hurt at the score of 95 with the team score of 440 for three. He came back to bat after the fall of the eighth wicket at the score of 521 and then brought up his century in 243 balls with the help of seven fours and one six.

Earlier, resuming at overnight score of 329 for two, North Zone lost Mandeep (60).

Gupta (four for 182) and Shahbaz Nadeem (three for 147) shared seven wickets between them, while Ashok Dinda took one wicket.

Brief scores:

North Zone 591 for 8 decl. (Ian Dev Singh 145; Sunny Gupta 4 for 182) lead East Zone 32 for 1 (Pallavkumar Das 14; Harbhajan 1 for 2) by 559 runs.