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Jalaj’s twin strike puts East on the backfoot

At the close of play,Ishank Jaggi was batting on 3 while nightwatchman Iresh Saxena was yet to get off the mark.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Chennai |
October 23, 2012 1:08:57 am

East Zone lost their top order batsmen after a cautious start,managing to reach 64 for three at stumps against Central Zone on the curtailed second day of the Duleep Trophy final.

After the first day’s play was called off without a single delivery being bowled,31.2 overs of play was possible on the second day as the proceedings started only in the final session.

At the close of play,Ishank Jaggi was batting on 3 while nightwatchman Iresh Saxena was yet to get off the mark. Off-spinner Jalaj Saxena picked up two for 12 in his nine over spell while Bhuvneshwar Kumar got the other wicket. Central skipper Mohammed Kaif put East Zone in to bat and their opening duo of Dheeraj Jadhav and Natraj Behera started cautiously. Praveen Kumar was pretty economical during his first spell of six overs — four of which were maidens.

Jadhav and Behera added 44 runs in 16 overs in which the former Maharashtra opener’s contribution was 25. Finally,it was Saxena who trapped the left-hander leg-before in the 17th over. Jadhav had faced 60 balls for his 25.

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Brief scores: East Zone 64/3 in 31.2 overs (D Jadhav 25,N Behera 22,J Saxena 2/12) vs Central Zone.

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First published on: 23-10-2012 at 01:08:57 am

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