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North Zone favourites against resurgent East

Eleven of the 15 members belong to Delhi.

Written by G.S. Vivek | New Delhi | Published: February 4, 2012 1:09:06 am

Bengal’s Wriddhiman Saha was the most recognisable face in the East Zone squad,which will be underdogs when they play North Zone in the semi-finals of the Duleep Trophy at the Feroze Shah Kotla from Saturday.

Saha was included as the 16th-member of the squad to boost the strength of the side that upset West Zone. North Zone is technically a team comprising Delhi players. Eleven of the 15 members belong to Delhi.

The even cover of grass on the Feroze Shah Kotla wicket will suit the two teams,who have in their ranks a variety of fast bowlers — left-arm,right-arm,seamers and swing bowlers. Delhi’s Parvinder Awana,a much-improved bowler this season,will be a threat on his home ground. Other medium-pace picks on show will include Haryana’s Harshal Patel and Bengal’s Ashok Dinda and Assam’s Abu Nechim.

When it comes to the batsmen,there are men who will try to enhance there reputation. Haryana’s Rahul Dewan,Delhi’s Shikhar Dhawan,to name a few,will strive to make big runs at the top.

South vs Central

In Chennai,history is stacked in favour of eleven-time winners South Zone as they get ready to take on Central Zone in the other semifinal.

After a 13-year drought,South captain Subramaniam Badrinath led the team to victory at the same venue in 2009,when they beat the mighty West Zone. Central have won the title on four occasions.

As has been the case in the past,Central do not boast of as many Indian players as South.

Badrinath,Stuart Binny,wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik,Pragyan Ojha and Rituraj Singh can all push their cases further for national selection with a good performance.

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