Duleep Trophy final: Yashasvi Jaiswal’s double century to bring West Zone back in the game

Duleep Trophy final: Yashasvi Jaiswal’s double century to bring West Zone back in the game


Young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal made his way to a double century in almost two-and-a-half sessions despite South’s 57-run first innings lead on the third day of the Duleep Trophy final in Coimbatore. At the end of the third day’s play, West Zone scored 376 for 3, courtesy an unbeaten 209 off 244 balls, including 23 fours and three sixes. West now have a 319-run lead and even if they declare the lunch on the fourth day, they will have a full five seasons for an outright win, although the track is going to be smooth with no break for the batting.

For South, it will be about batting in the fourth innings and winning the trophy based on the first innings lead.

Jaiswal scored 169 runs for the third wicket with Shreyas Iyer (71) and 58 runs for the fourth wicket with Sarfaraz Khan (30 batting).

It was a day that will be most remembered for this year’s duel between two powerhouse performers in domestic cricket – left-arm opener Jaiswal and left-arm spinner Ravi Srinivasan Sai Kishore.

While Jaiswal failed in the first innings, he came out with much more positive intent in the second essay, when South was bowled out for 327, adding only nine runs to his overnight score of 318/7.

Once West was dismissed, Jaiswal was serious on South pacers Basil Thampi (0/67 in 9 overs) and CV Stephen (0/27 in 6 overs) as he and Priyank Panchal (40) scored an over. Added 110 runs for less than five. Opening Stand.

South captain Hanuma Vihari missed the trick, introducing Sai Kishore (27-5-100-2) as the second change after scoring more than 80 runs in the opening stand.

Panchal was caught by Sai Kishore and Ajinkya Rahane was caught leg before by off-spinner Gautam (33-1-139-1).

But the two-wicket haul was short-lived when Jaiswal began to use his legs to good effect and the two spinners scored 239 runs in their combined 60 overs, which was almost four runs per over.

He was well supported by Iyer, who made a correction before being dismissed with a brilliant shot off Sai Kishore and hit four fours and two sixes. Thus Iyer missed a half-century in the first innings and did not show enough patience to score a century in the second innings.

Jaiswal hit off-spinner Gautam for a six and didn’t let Sai Kishore sit on a line as he repeatedly came down to spoil his line. He also hit a six off seamer Stephen.

There were several boundaries between cover and the extra cover area and one such shot off Gautam completed his double century.

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As he cried the battle cry after getting a standing ovation from the West dressing room, it was like a release of emotion.

Brief scores: West 270 and 376/3 (Yashasvi Jaiswal 209 batting, Shreyas Iyer 71, R Sai Kishore 2/100, K Gautam 1/139). South Zone 327 (Baba Indrajit 118, Jaydev Unadkat 4/52).

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