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Duleep final evenly poised

cricket Updated: Oct 25, 2012 00:23 IST
Anand Sachar
Anand Sachar
Hindustan Times
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With lights fading and not much happening on Day Four, the Central Zone batsmen were all but waiting for the draw of stumps at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Just then, East Zone fielders decided that this was the best time to unsettle the rivals. They egged on their bowlers and crowded around the wicket to put pressure on the batsmen.

The tactic worked as Central skipper Md Kaif (2) was trapped leg before trying to defend an Iresh Saxena delivery. On a day when only 36 overs were possible due to heavy overnight rain, Central finished on 74 for two, chasing East's first innings total of 232 in the Duleep Trophy final.

With the match likely to be decided on the basis of first innings lead, the second wicket was of utmost importance for East Zone. Heading into Day Five, Central require another 159 runs to 'win' on the basis of first innings lead. But the late wicket has given East the belief to make a match of it.

Scores: East Zone 232 v Central Zone 1st innings (o/n 12 for no loss) 74-2 (T Srivastava batting 46, V Saxena 22)