R Vinay Kumar (bowling) leads South Zone © PTI (File Photo)
R Vinay Kumar (bowling) leads South Zone © PTI (File Photo)

 

Oct 29, 2014

 

 

Piyush Chawla is dismissed by HS Sharath, getting the batsman caught by Robin Uthappa. Nice little knock by Chawla, scoring 30 off 56 balls with the help of four boundaries. Stumps on the first day of the final match.
OUT! P Chawla c Uthappa b Sharath 30 (56)

 

Good partnership developing between the two. Piyush Chawla is among the leading run-getters in domestic in this team. Chawla has scored briskly.

 

The runs have again dried up. Cautious approach by both Chawla and Ghosh. 13 overs left in the day.

 

 

Central have crawled past 200. Barring Bist, no other batsman has been able to score freely. Faiz Fazal wasted his wicket away. Shows the discipline maintained by Karnataka South Zone bowlers.

 

 

Soft dismissal for Bisht after a solid innings. Looks to close the face of the bat towards leg-side and is caught by Mithun.
OUT! R Bist c Mithun b Ojha 79(153)

 

 

A narrow escape for Bist. He was late to react on that quicker delivery from Shreyas Gopal. The ball took the edge and bounced over the stumps. But the batsman regains confidence by hitting two boundaries on the next two balls.

 

A backfoot push fetches Ghosh the first boundary post tea. Central have to rebuild their innings all over again to end the day on a high.

 

 

One more bites the dust. South Zone are on top at tea. Mahesh Rawat gets a peach of a delivery and Karthik takes the catch. Umpire adjudges it out caught behind.
OUT! M Rawat c Karthik b Gopal 0(3)

 

 

Breakthrough for South. Hanuma Vihari comes in to bowl to fill up the overs before tea. He draws Menaria forward and Karthik makes a brilliant stumping.
OUT! A Menaria st Karthik b Vihari 37(64)

 

 

We are on the brink of tea session. In the 60th over, there was a caught behind appeal but umpire Anil Chaudhary turned it down. Replays showed the bat had hit the ground.

 

 

The runs have suddenly started to flow for Central Zone. The duo had been accumulating runs and stitching a partnership. But in the 56th over, Menaria collects three boundaries.

 

Robin Bisht and Ashok Menari have built a steady partnership. The duo would be keen to carry on till tea without any casualties.

 

 

The runs have almost dried up after the dismissal of Naman Ojha. Ashok Menaria has looked solid while Bisht is slowly inching towards his half-century.

 

 

 

 

 

And the set batsman Faiz Fazal is dismissed by Baba Aparjith. Fazal tried to cut a delivery outside off and Hanuma Vihari dived to dismiss Fazal. OH NO! Naman Ojha also gets out after hitting Aparjith for a boundary in this over. A flighted loopy delivery, Ojha tries to power it away from the mid-off fielder but hands a low catch. Ashok Menaria will now join Robin Bisht.
OUT!Fazal c Vihari b Aparajith 49 and OUT! Ojha c Vinay Kumar b Aparajith 4

 

 

 

 

 

Baba Aparjith starts with ball for the South Zone after lunch. Central Zone collected 13 runs from first three overs. A decent start after lunch.

 

 

 

Good first session for Central. They were greeted by a green carpet and the ball was moving. Vinay Kumar, Mithun had started off well. The batsmen did brilliantly to end on 75.

 

 

Robin Bisht has given some momentum to the overcautious start from Central. He hit a six off SOjha’s bowling and followed it up with a boundary in the next over by Shreyas Gopal. Central will be happy with the way they have done in this session. Green wicket and they have lost just one wicket.

 

 

Robin Bisht has come out and he is also happy to defend. He did get off the mark with a couple to start with and has since blocked. Fazal is in better touch and is working anything that is slightly on his pads. South Zone are happy to keep the seamers in the attack as that gives them a chance of troubling the batsmen.

 

 

Jalaj Saxena has been dismissed after a long vigil. His two runs have come off 43 balls. Vinay Kumar persisted with the line outside the off-stump and Saxena poked at it. There was a loud appeal and he has been given out. Saxena looked surprised and has to drag himself back to the pavilion.
OUT! J Saxena 2(43)

 

 

The bowlers are coming round the wicket to Fazal. Jalaj Saxena is happy to leave deliveries outside the off-stump. HS Sharath is also into the attack now. Central Zone have to be very patient here and see through the tough phase.

 

 

 

It is very slow going at Delhi. The wicket has a bit of green on it. Fazal and Saxena are being patient. When the bowlers are pitching it outside the off-stump, they are leaving. On the wickets, and they block. They are doing well to keep tight lines outside the off-stump. Finally they get a boundary as Fazal gets one on his pads and he clips it fine for a four.

 

 

An intense competition building up. The pacers have been relentless by pitching it at the right spot. Vinay Kumar almost got Jalaj Saxena when the batsman shouldered arms and the ball almost swung back in and flew over the stumps. Faiz Fazal has judged the movement and bounce very well. But Saxena is being beaten more often.

 

 

Good start from Vinay Kumar and Abhimanyu Mithun have bowled at good lengths on a green wicket. The pitch has a bit of moisture as well. Cautious start from Fazal and Saxens. They’ve been beaten on a couple of occasions. Mithun in the fourth over gets the ball to angle across the left-hander Fazal.

 

Vinay Kumar starts off well with a good line. Faiz Fazal watches the first five balls and the last one is on a middle stump line which was worked away for a couple.

 


 

Central Zone have won the toss and have elected to bat first.

Teams:

Central Zone: Jalaj Saxena, Faiz Fazal, Robin Bist, Naman Ojha (wk), Ashok Menaria, Mahesh Rawat, Arindam Ghosh, Piyush Chawla(C), Ali Murtaza, Ishwar Pandey, Pankaj Singh

South Zone: Robin Uthappa, Lokesh Rahul, Hanuma Vihari, Baba Aparajith, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Prasanna, Shreyas Gopal, Vinay Kumar (c), Abhimanyu Mithun, Pragyan Ojha, HS Sharath


 

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the final of the Duleep Trophy 2014-15. This game will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. Central Zone will take on South Zone in this encounter and some of India’s best domestic cricketers are on display in this contest. South Zone are coming to Delhi from Lahli, where they were up against East Zone on a green track that tested the skills of batsmen. On the other hand, Central had a run-fest against a strong North Zone side. There are contrasting build-ups to this game and this promises to be a good final in prospect.

Some of the key players on show would be Robin Uthappa, Naman Ojha, Stuart Binny, Pragyan Ojha, Ishwar Pandey to name a few. The presence of such players makes this game an interesting one.

This game will begin at 09:30 AM IST

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