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Ganguly fails to deliver win

Dishant Yagnik did a Miandad as he hit a six off the last ball to give Central a thrilling win over East Zone. The poor bowler was Sourav Ganguly, writes Khurram Habib.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 11:38 IST

Someone above sure doesn’t like Sourav Ganguly. Else, a last ball six off his bowling would never have come in these times of despair. All was almost lost for Central Zone and all Dada had to do was hold on to his nerves to ensure an East Zone victory.

The 5,000-strong frenzied public wasn't aware they were watching history being made. A 22 year-old lad called Dishant Yagnik, having the blessings of Ajay Jadeja this past season - who had made him a permanent member of Rajasthan side ahead of the first-choice wicketkeeper - did a Javed Miandad.

Central needed 14 runs off two overs. But the run-out of MS Acharya, saw their hopes buried. Almost, that is, as they needed 13 off the last over. SS Paul had done his bit in the penultimate over keeping the ball short. The wicket, with great bounce that lasted throughout the match, helped him in the purpose.

The onus was on Ganguly. A triple off the first ball, a few singles and a double brought the target down to five off one ball. And then, that hit over extra-cover for six. It couldn't have got closer and a match rendered inconsequential by all may well end up as the best match this domestic season.

Earlier, JP Yadav elected to field after winning the toss on a wicket that had enough of a green tinge for the bowlers. The wicket was a credit to the curator and overnight rain, that saw the match reduced to 45 overs, tilted the balance towards the bowlers.

East got off to a reasonably good start putting up 43 for no loss in 11 overs. Ganguly and Dasgupta saw off the early threat but then JP struck. He made Dasgupta edge one to the keeper while Ganguly was consumed as he ventured out and tried to hit JP over the top, holing out to Yagnik.

Rohan Gavaskar, Rajeev Kumar and Manoj Tiwari scratched around, while Avishek Jhunjhunwala was the lone ranger with a 66. Only cameos from Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Shib Sagar Singh could push East to 226.

For Central, only TP Singh, who's having a tremendous season in one-dayers, and Jyoti Yadav looked good. Wickets kept tumbling and it was left to Yagnik to ensure a win.


East Zone: Dasgupta c Yagnik b JP Yadav 15, Ganguly c Yagnik b JP Yadav 17, Jhunjhunwala c Yagnik b Kumar 66, Gavaskar c Yagnik b Kumar 10, R Kumar c JP Yadav b Sandeep 16, Tiwari c JP Yadav b Harvinder 14, Shukla not out 23, SS Singh not out 32, Extras: (b-6, lb-18, nb-1, w-8) 33. Total (for 6 wkts in 45 overs) 226.

FoW: 1-43, 2-56, 3-72, 4-141, 5-164, 6-179.

Bowling: JP Yadav 9-1-29-2, Harvinder 9-1-29-1, Kumar 8-1-48-2, Sandeep 9-0-30-1, Acharya 3-017-0, Abbas 7-0-49-0.

Central Zone: JP Yadav c Shukla b Bose 6, SK Shukla c Tiwari b Bose 15, TP Singh b Diwakar 56, Abbas c Dasgupta b Shukla 19, RK Shukla c&b Shukla 17, Jyoti Yadav c SS Singh b Diwakar 32, Bundela c Dasgupta b Diwakar 19, Kumar c Dasgupta b Diwakar 10, Yagnik not out 20, Acharya run out 13, Harvinder not out 2; Extras (lb-7, nb-2, w-10) 19. Total (for 9 wkts in 45 overs) 228.

FoW: 1-8, 2-37, 3-90, 4-110, 5-135, 6-176, 7-181, 8-189, 9-214.

Bowling: Paul 9-0-38-0, Bose 9-139-2, Ganguly 3-0-28-0, Diwakar 9-0-39-4, Shukla 90-41-2, SS Singh 5-0-24-0, Jhunjhunwala 10-12-0.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 11:38 IST