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Ojha propels South into final

South declared at 467/9 having played one over in the morning.

Pragyan Ojha’s deadly spell (6/48) of left-arm spin bowling enabled South Zone record a crushing innings and 38 runs victory over Central Zone to clinch a place in the Duleep Trophy final. South declared at 467/9 having played one over in the morning.

Needing 258 runs to avoid innings defeat,Central again batted poorly as they were all out for 220 in only 57.2 overs even before tea on the final day. The innings was terminated after the fall of ninth wicket as veteran Mohammed Kaif didn’t come out to bat as he was injured. In fact,all the nine Central wickets were snapped up by the spin trio of Ojha (20.2-5-48-6) and off-spinners Baba Aparajith (2/35) and Malolan Rangarajan (1/58).

Brief Scores: CZ 209 & 220 (P Chawla 73,V Saxena 67; P Ojha 6/48,B Aparajith 2/35); SZ 467/9d (A Mukund 111,B Aparajith 109,P Chawla 4/159).

Into the reserve day

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Kochi: The semi-final between North Zone and East Zone went into the reserve day after steady rains on day four forced play to be abandoned without a ball being bowled. East were 32 for 1 after 14 overs,559 runs adrift of North’s score. If North is unable to bowl East out on the reserve day,then the winner,who will make the final,will be determined by a coin toss.

First published on: 14-10-2013 at 01:24:23 am
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