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Dada scores in losing cause

Eventually it turned out to be a no competition. Almost, that is, as West Zone won by four wickets to go on top of the table in Deodhar Trophy, writes Khurram Habib.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 18:16 IST

Eventually it turned out to be a no competition. Almost, that is, as West Zone won by four wickets to go on top of the table in Deodhar Trophy. In fact, it became a case of who was more used to the wicket and conditions.

West Zone, having that experience courtesy their previous match here, batted sensibly to outwit their opponents after they'd restricted them to a modest 223 for five in 50 overs.

For East it was a story of Sourav Ganguly's desperation to put up a big score. With due respect to his effort, it cost his team a valuable number of deliveries. In his 81-run knock that was embedded with seven fours and a six, he used up 146 deliveries. Worse, the number of dot balls faced was over 90.

That perhaps decided the fate of the match as East laboured to their unsatisfactory score after they'd won the toss and elected to bat. It was tough going for the two openers, Ganguly and Subhomoy Das. Das was the first to go edging one from Munaf to the keeper. One thing the West Zone did well was they kept pressure on the batsmen with an almost impeccable line and length.

All the three seamers - Munaf, Makda and Salvi - were difficult to score off as they made their opposition think about innovative ideas. Ganguly tried to step out on a few occasions, got successful occasionally, but the others could do little. Dasgupta (7) fell playing across the line to Salvi, Gavaskar (11) fell victim of his own eagerness to get to the striker's end when a throw caught him short, while Raja (10) scooped a dolly at mid-wicket.

To be fair to Dada, he had a tough task with the ball not coming onto the bat and wickets falling, he had to scratch around. His fifty came off 108 balls but just when he tried to cut loose and found his feet (his next 31 came off just 38 balls with 2 fours), with impressive running and good placement, he mistimed a pull to be caught at short midwicket, giving Salvi his second wicket.

It was then left to Manoj Tewary (55 n.o off 67 balls) and Laxmi Ratan Shukla (42 n.o off 21 balls) to molest West bowling and help them reach respectability. The last five overs fetched 53 runs.

In reply, West Zone were sedate and composed as they tried to patiently work towards the target. After Parthiv's dismissal, off a wild shot, and Ramesh Powar's impatient top edged shot, Jacob Martin and Dheeraj Jadhav dropped anchor and coasted their side past the target.


East Zone: S Das c Parthiv b Munaf 2, Ganguly c Pathan b Salvi 81, Dasgupta lbw Salvi 7,Gavaskar run out 11, Raja c Pathan b Powar 10, Tewary not out 55, Shukla not out 42; Extras: (lb-2,nb-4, w-9 -15). Total: (for 5 wkts in 50 overs) 223.

FoW: 1-9, 2-30, 3-57, 4-76, 5-154.

Bowling: Patel 10-2-47-1, Makda 10-032-0, Salvi 9-0-49-2, R Powar 10-0-35-1, Pathan 90-43-0, Jadeja 2-0-15-0.

West Zone: Jadhav c Ganguly b Tewary 55, Parthiv b Bose 7, Powar c&b Bose 6, Martin lbw Nadeem 70, Powarrun out 28, Pathan c&b Nadeem 22, Thaker not out 21, Jadeja not out 9; Extras:(lb-3, nb-1, w-5) 9. Total: (for 6 wkts in 47.3 overs) 227.

FoW: 1-21, 2-29, 3-125, 4-175, 5-176, 6-218.

Bowling: S Paul 7-0-27-0, Bose 7-2-28-2, Ganguly 4-0-29-0, Shukla 1-0-11-0, Lahiri 10-0-39-0, Nadeem 10-0-49-2, Tewary 2-0-81, S Singh 6.3-0-31-0.

First Published: Mar 01, 2006 18:16 IST