South Zone and Central Zone battle it out in the final © AFP (Representational Photo)
South Zone and Central Zone battle it out in the final © AFP (Representational Photo)

Oct 30, 2014

(Follow live cricket score and live updates of the Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final between Central Zone and South Zone)

End of the day’s play. Rahul remains unbeaten. He will look to come back and get a double century tomorrow.

Those three wickets have changed the equation. Pankaj Singh is getting the ball to reverse swing and is creating problems for the batsmen. The run-rate has dipped drastically.

SZ 233/4 | Overs 54

OUT! R Prasanna c Ojha b Pankaj Singh 0

SZ 231/3 | Overs 52

Finally, Central Zone have managed to get two crucial wickets. Bab Aparjith and Dinesh Karthik two big rewards for Pankaj Singh.
OUT!Aparajith c Ojha b Pankaj Singh 21 and Karthik lbw b Pankaj Singh 0

The 50 partnership comes up in 88 balls. Another building block for South Zone. The Kotla pitch has bits of grass but still Central Zone bowlers can’t find a way to get a wicket.

SZ 210/1 | Overs 46

KL Rahul 121( 137), Baba Aparjith 9 (32)

That’s tea on second day. South Zone are in commanding position and will look to take big lead.

SZ 201/1 | Overs 44

Baba Aparjith 2(23) , KL Rahul 119 ( 144)

The fast bowlers have caused not trouble to the batsmen so far. The 42nd over from Pankaj Singh went for 11 runs. South Zone are slowly inching closer to Central’s 276.

Jalaj Saxena finally picks up a wicket. Uthappa is dismissed LBW on 80. Rahul has also got to his century. Fifth century in first-class cricket for Rahul.
OUT!Uthappa lbw b Jalaj S Saxena 80
Rahul has his eyes set now. The ball is not spinning and the pacers are going for runs too. The run-rate has escalated post lunch. Uthappa is close to his half-century.
KL Rahul gets to his half-century just after the lunch break. Piyush Chawla and Ali Murtaza have not been effective so far. Yes, the 100 also comes up in the 24th over and they are yet to lose a wicket. This match totally in control for the South Zone.
Bowlers have caused no trouble so far. It has been too easy for KL Rahul and Robin Uthappa. Uthappa started slow but gathered pace later on. Whereas, KL Rahul has looked comfortable and he is slowly inching towards his half-century.
KL Rahul has done bulk of the scoring. He has punished everything  pitched on the leg stump. The bowling from the Central Zone bowlers has not caused any trouble to the batsmen.
A decent start from South Zone batsmen. Both the batsmen have got on the front foot and have looked very watchful. It will an important match for both these batsmen.
Ali Murtaza who was looking solid has been dismissed by Abhimanyu Mithun. So, it’s the end of Central innings first innings. Pankaj Singh come back with the new ball.
Pragyan Ojha gets Ishwar Pandey. He was hit on the hand as Pandey smashed one back to him and he was in pain. He then gets him leg-before. Pankaj Singh is in and he smashes his second ball down the ground. It was full and he went at it with full strength and then the next ball is wide and he smashes it through the off-side.
OUT! I Pandey 15(21)
Ishwar Pandey gets off the mark by smashing Sharath over mid-on. It was hit quite well. Pandey seems to have some strength in his arms. He then smashes another one through mid-wicket and that has also gone for a four. Some vital runs being scored here by the tail. Pankaj Singh to come next. Murtuza then smashes Vinay down the ground quite firmly for a four.
Vinay Kumar gets the first breakthrough of the day. He gets the edge off Arindam Ghosh and he is taken by Baba Aparajith at first slip. Ishwar Pandey walks out to bat.
OUT! Arindam Ghosh 32(86)



Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final between Central Zone and South Zone. This is Day 2 at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, with both sides looking to take control of the game. On Day 1, South Zone were good with the ball as they limited Central Zone to 237 for seven. There is a green tinge to the surface at Kotla and the seam bowlers did well to exploit the conditions there. Batting hasn’t been an easy task, especially in the morning. With the winter gradually setting in, the bowlers get more purchase as the conditions remain in favour of them.

However, on this day, the batsmen would want to kick on and try to extend the Central Zone score. They were hit late in the day as they lost Robin Bisht and Piyush Chawla. Whatever runs they get would be a bonus from here on. On the other hand, South Zone would bank on Robin Uthappa to come good in this game. Remember, South Zone are without Manish Pandey, Karun Nair and Stuart Binny, who are away in Mumbai to play for India A against Sri Lanka in the tour game at the Brabourne Stadium.