Vidyut, Rao lead South Zone feast
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Vidyut, Rao lead South Zone feast

Centuries by Sivaramakrishnan and Rao helped South Zone beat Central by 80 runs in the Deodhar Trophy league match at Jaipur.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 19:47 IST

Centuries by Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan and captain Venugopala Rao saw South Zone overwhelm Central by 80 runs in the Deodhar Trophy limited overs league cricket matchon Friday.

Central's decision to put South into bat backfired as the visitors posted a daunting 327 for four with Vidyut cracking 158 and Rao an unbeaten 103 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

The hosts then wilted under pressure and could muster only 247 which included a valiant 94 not out by India Under-19 captain Ravikant Shukla and 73 by Abbas Ali.

South had an ominous start as JP Yadav uprooted Robin Uthappa's stump in third over with the total on six.

But Vidyut and one drop Rao blasted the Central attack as they put on 233 runs for the second wicket.

Vidyut's hundred came off 109 balls and included 10 hits to fence. Rao got his ton off 120 balls and hit seven fours and two sixes.

In reply, Central crumbled under pressure and lost quick wickets.

Yadav (6), Shivakant Shukla (3), Tejinder Pal Singh (14) Praveen Kumar (5) and Devendra Bundela (1) were back in pavallion with score board reading 5 for 40.

Shukla, playing his maiden Deodhar Trophy, got his 94 off 91 balls with 13 fours and one six.

With this victory South grabbed five points to improve their tally to nine from two matches while Central could not open their account in their third match too and slumped to (-1) from three outings.

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 19:47 IST