West Zone and North Zone secured semi-final berths within the Duleep Trophy by taking the first-innings lead of their matches towards North East Zone and East Zone respectively. While West obtained an enormous 367-run lead over North East Zone on the M A Chidambaram Stadium and opted for batting observe on the fourth and closing day on Sunday, North rode on an outstanding ton by debutant Yash Dhull (193) to overtake East Zone’s whole. The Ajinkya Rahane-led West Zone had been 268 for 5 when the match ended. Aith Sheth remained not out on 102 (101 balls, 10 fours, 1 six), and Shams Mulani fell for 97 (115 balls, 12 fours), because the match meandered to a draw.
North East bowlers did lots higher within the second innings and had their opponent three down for 49 and 65 for 4 earlier than Mulani and Sheth got here collectively for a 179-run partnership.
In Puducherry, North, resuming on in a single day 433 for 3, added an additional 112 runs earlier than being dismissed for 545. Himanshu Rana made 81 and captain Mandeep Singh hit a affected person 63.
North Zone seemed set for an enormous whole however the hard-working left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed got here up with a five-wicket haul to limit Mandeep Singh and Co.
Shahbaz Ahmed’s scalps included Mandeep, Himanshu Rana, Nishant Sindhu. He ended the 131-run stand between Mandeep and Himanshu Rana which went a great distance in serving to East cease North’s cost.
Earlier on Saturday, the gifted Dhull hammered an outstanding 193 (243 balls, 28 fours, 2 sixes) to energy North Zone’s reply to East’s first innings rating of 397.
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