SOUTH ZONE beat West Zone by 250 runs in the four-day Duleep Trophy cricket match played at the Usha Raje cricket grounds in the City on Sunday.
Set a huge target of 419 to chase, West Zone resumed their overnight score of 60/3 on the last day on Sunday on a disastrous note. They lost Mazumdar on the same score when Kumble trapped him in front of the wicket.
That was the beginning of the end of West Zone innings. They lost their first wicket of Poojara for five when stopgap bowler Uthappa, who opened the bowling along with Sreesanth, moved the ball well to trap him in front of the wicket.
They lost their second wicket at the score of 20 when Rohit Sharma mishooked a bouncer of Sreesanth and was caught by substitute Gnaneshwar Rao. Rao ran from short leg to square leg and took the catch.
It was arguably the best catch of the match. Even a cameo by Zaheer Khan, who swung his bat to score 33 with seven hits to the fence, was not enough. West Zone were finally bundled out for 168 runs in just 55.3 overs.
They found it difficult to play Kumble (3/37) and Sreesanth (2/59). Ojha too bowled well on Sunday and captured 2/43. West Zone skipper Parthiv Patel had a forgetful match as he failed with the bat. His keeping was also very ordinary. He missed a couple of stumpings and catches to add to his team’s woes. On the other hand, Kumble showed why he is a class bowler by capturing eight wickets in the match.
On Saturday, South Zone resumed their overnight score of 65/2. Skipper V V S Laxman along with Venugopal Rao tried to consolidate their innings. But after adding just two runs, South lost Venugopala Rao for 27 when he edged a Trivedi delivery into the safe hands of Jacob Martin at the first slip.
Badrinath started belting the opponent bowlers from the word go. He and skipper Laxman added 99 runs for the fourth wicket. He completed his 50 in 78 balls with five boundaries and two huge sixes, one of Pawar and the other of Jadeja. At the score of 166, South lost their skipper Laxman at his individual score of 50. Badrinath, who was joined by Rayudu stabilised the innings by playing cautiously.
They took the score from 166 to 196 adding 30 runs when Barinath was caught at gully by Jadeja of Zaheer Khan for 65.
Arjun Yadav was lucky when Parthiv Patel dropped a sitter of Zaheer Khan when he was yet to open his account. After giving this chance, Arjun loosened his shoulders and started belting the bowlers. At the other end Rayudu completed his 50 in 89 balls with three boundaries and four huge sixes.
He smashed two sixes over the midwicket of the bowling of Pawar and two of Jadeja. South Zone lost their sixth wicket at 252 in Arjun Yadav, who scored 38 runs with four boundaries and one six. Rayudu and Arjun added 56 runs for sixth wicket.
Sreesanth entertained the crowd by swinging his bat. He scored 19 in 13 balls with two boundaries and one huge six of Zaheer Khan. South declared their second innings at 307/9 giving the West a target of 419. S Trivedi bowled brilliantly to capture 5/57, while Zaheer Khan and Rajesh Pawar took two wickets each.