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Duleep Trophy: Central Zone edge South in thrilling final

Central Zone, never in their wildest of dreams would have thought of a victory on the penultimate day.

Central Zone won its sixth Duleep Trophy on Sunday after defeating South by nine runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

The day began with odds clearly favouring South Zone who had 9 wickets in hand and needed 113 runs to achieve glory. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

South Zone's day began on an acrimonious note with Pankaj Singh dismissing KL Rahul. Collapse began soon after. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

But things took a turn for the worse as South Zone lost seven wickets within 39 runs to give Central Zone more than a opening. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

With 11 runs required, No 10 Abhimanyu Mithun cross-batted a straight delivery to throw his wicket and deepened the trouble. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

It was Central Zone's spin troika which turned the game its head on. Ali Murtaza (3/59) wrecked South Zone middle-order. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

Captain Piyush Chawla played a perfect foil to Murataza with the figures of 3/83 in 20 overs. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)