A clinical performance from West Zone sent Central Zone packing and set up the final of the Deodhar Trophy nicely. West, who registered a 216-run win in their semifinal, play North on Tuesday.
West, after being put in to bat, raced away to 335, powered by Ajinkya Rahane (76) and Cheteshwar Pujara (86). West's allrounders provided the perfect impetus with Yusuf Pathan smashing 59 off only 22 balls and Ravindra Jadeja chipping in with 42 off 18 balls.
Central Zone needed a strong start if they were to have any chance of overhauling the target, and this did not happen. West's bowlers struck relentlessly, reducing Central to 60 for 5. Harpreet Singh topscored with 35, as Jadeja picked up an amazing 4 for 8 from 4.4 overs and Central imploded to 119 all out inside 30 overs.
West Zone 335 for 8 (Rahane 76, Pujara 86, Pathan 59, Pankaj 4 for 38) beat Central Zone 119 (Jadeja 4-8) by 216 runs
England women clinch series 2-1
India lost the third and final Twenty20 match against England by five wickets and also surrendered the series 2-1. Needing 126 to win, England lost the first three wickets for just 23 runs before Laura Marsh (47 not out) stitched together valuable partnerships with Beth Morgan (28) and Jenny Gunn (22) to take her team home with four balls to spare.
Sachin stands up for women
Sachin Tendulkar has taken up a cause, and this time it is in preventing domestic violence against women.
Parivartan, an NGO, will use cricket as a medium to teach boys how to be respectful towards women which in turn will help reduce violence against women.