Duleep Trophy Remaining: West Zone Droop To 250/8 vs South Zone On Day 1

West Zone’s sought-after batting stars, together with former India captain Ajinkya Rahane and KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer, flattered to deceive as South Zone restricted them to 250 for 8 on the opening day of the Duleep Trophy remaining on Wednesday. It was younger Gujarat wicketkeeper-batter Het Patel (96 not out) and his unbeaten 83-run stand for the ninth wicket with Saurashtra veteran Jaydev Unadkat (39 not out) that helped West get well from a precarious 167 for 8 to a safer 250/8 by the tip of 90 overs.

However, a lot was anticipated of an extremely sturdy West’s batting line-up that boasts of Rahane (8), Iyer (37), Sarfaraz Khan (34), Yashasvi Jaiswal (1) and present India A captain Priyank Panchal (7).


For South Zone, pacers Basil Thampi (2/42 in 15 overs) and CV Stephen (2/39 in 10 overs) blew away the West top-order inside first half an hour.

After which, in-form left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore (3/80 in 32 overs) first choked after which ran by means of the middle-order earlier than lower-order resistance considerably introduced the West again into the sport.

Within the morning, Hanuma Vihari gained the toss and needed to make first use of no matter little assist the circumstances may supply.


The Andhra left-arm seamer Stephen answered his captain’s name as Jaiswal was left poking exterior the off-stump and caught by keeper Ricky Bhui.

Rahane began with a boundary however previous habits got here to hang-out him as Ravi Teja snapped one within the slip cordon when Kerala speedster Thampi bought him to edge one behind the stumps.


For right-hander Panchal, Stephen’s supply straightened a contact after pitching and had the India A captain plumb in-front of the stumps.

As soon as it was 16 for 3, the Mumbai pair of Sarfaraz and Iyer got here collectively and regarded like resurrecting the innings with a 48-run stand.


Whereas Sarfaraz held one find yourself, Iyer performed his strokes, that included 4 boundaries and a six.

It was Sai Kishore, who had Iyer caught by Indrajith simply when the batter regarded set and within the an identical method bought Sarfaraz when his 117-ball vigil ended.

The Tamil Nadu left-arm spinner then rocked West together with his third scalp as left-hander Mulani was trapped by a supply that turned again a shade into him.

Het, on his half, stemmed the rot, throughout his 178-ball keep through which there have been six boundaries and a six.

He first added 63 for the seventh wicket with Atit Seth (25) earlier than Thampi bought a breakthrough with the previous ball.


Krishnappa Gowtham (1/73 in 26 overs) then had Tanush Kotian earlier than Het-Unadkat defied South for 21 overs.

Transient Scores: West Zone 1st Innings 250/8 in 90 overs (Het Patel 96 batting, Jaydev Unadkat 39 batting, R Sai Kishore 3/80, Basil Thampi 2/42, CB Stephen 2/39) vs South Zone.

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