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- Duleep Trophy Final – West vs South – Day 1
- Rahane and Iyer’s batting was a flop
- Het Patel and Jaydev Unadkat shine
Het Patel (96 not out) and Jaydev Unadkat (39 not out) put on an unbroken 83-run partnership for the ninth wicket as West Zone recovered from a poor start on the first day of the Duleep Trophy final at 250 for eight against South Zone. Make it Patel has hit six fours and a six in his 178-ball innings.
Batsmen like former India captain Ajinkya Rahane (eight) leading the North Zone and Kolkata Knight Riders captain Shreyas Iyer (37) failed to play big innings. Apart from these two, Sarfaraz Khan (34), Yashasvi Jaiswal (one) and current India ‘A’ captain Priyank Panchal (7) failed to contribute with the bat.
For South Zone, fast bowlers Basil Thampi (2 for 42), CV Stephen (2 for 39) shook the West Zone top order in the opening half an hour’s play. South Zone captain Hanuma Vihari won the toss and invited West Zone to bat in favorable conditions for the bowlers.
Andhra’s left-arm pacer Stephen got the team off to a great start by getting Jaiswal caught by wicketkeeper Ricky Bhui in the second over of the innings.
Rahane opened the account by hitting a boundary but his old habit of hitting the ball outside the off-stump showed him the way to the pavilion. Ravi Teja caught him in sleep off Thampi’s ball. Stephen was leg before Panchal. After falling for three for 16 in the sixth over, Iyer and Sarfaraz tried to bring West Zone back in the match but their 48-run partnership was interrupted by stellar left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore (3 for 80). ) broke. He took the wickets of Sarfaraz and Shams Mulani (nil) after Iyer.
Patel then shared a 63-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Atit Seth (25). Thampi broke the partnership by dismissing Seth. Krishnappa Gautam (1 for 73) took the wicket of Tanush Kotian to give South Zone their eighth success.
After this, Patel and Unadkat batted for 21 overs, keeping the South Zone bowlers away from the wicket. Unadkat hit three fours in his innings of 64 balls so far.
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