Duleep Trophy Final, Day 2: Babar Inderjeet hits ton as South Zone, 1st innings lead vs West Zone

Duleep Trophy Final, Day 2: Babar Inderjeet hits ton as South Zone, 1st innings lead vs West Zone


Baba Inderjit’s brilliant century and Krishnappa Gautam’s 43 on the interesting second day of the Duleep Trophy final pushed South Zone past West Zone’s first innings total. Inderjit’s 118 off 125 balls, with contributions from Manish Pandey (48) and Gautam (43 off 55 balls), ensured that the South ended the second day for 318 for seven – West Zone’s first innings total. 48 runs away from the score of 270.

The match turned interesting when South were at 243 for six, but all-rounders Gautam and T Ravi Teja (26) put on 63 runs for the seventh wicket in just 16.2 overs and crossed West’s total in the process. ,

However, with the final being a five-day affair, the South are still some distance from ensuring a healthy lead, which may not happen with only Teja remaining among the recognized batsmen.

They have R Sai Kishore (5/86 in 35.3 overs) for company, but the left-arm spinner will be more than happy to score a fifth five and deny young Het Patel (98) a chance to be coveted. Gave. Three digit symbol.

Mayank Agarwal took his catch, but later when he came to bat, Yashasvi Jaiswal caught him in the slip cordon off seamer Ateet Seth.

Hanuma Vihari (25), whose Test batting slot is in line, was caught from the front, but Inderjit was more impressive during his stand of 61.

The right-hander from Tamil Nadu played some brilliant drives but was equally adept at working the pitched balls on his feet.

His 13th first-class century, which included 14 fours and a 105-run fourth-wicket partnership, put the South in the driver’s seat with the veteran Pandey.

Pandey, who was quick to hit four fours and a couple of sixes, should have converted it into a big total but was dismissed two short for fifty by Mumbai off-spinner Tanush Kotian.

The difference between the two sides was how the spinners performed. While Sai Kishore and Gautam stopped the run-flow for the south, two of Mumbai’s spinners from the west – Shams Mulani (0/73 in 14 overs) and Kotian (1/110 in 27 overs) – the Ranji Trophy’s highest wicket-taker. ) – conceded 183 runs in 41 overs between them.

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Jaydev Unadkat (3/52), the home warrior, did his job and also got a lot of support from former India Under-19s Seth, but once Gautam launched into Kotian, he was hit for sixes in a row, taking a first innings lead. was taking.

Brief scores: West Zone 1st innings 270 all out (Het Patel 98, R Sai Koshor 5/86). South Zone 1st innings 318/7 (Baba Inderjit 118, Manish Pandey 48, Krishnappa Gautam 43, Jaydev Unadkat 3/52, Atit Seth 3/51).

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