Welcome to the highlights of day 5 of the Duleep Trophy final at the SNR College Cricket Ground in Coimbatore. This was Abhishek Saini and Santadeep Dey, bringing you all the updates.
SZ 234 in 71.2 overs: Thampi departs without troubling the scorers. A good take at silly point from Sarfaraz at silly point as Thampi plays it straight to him. Stephen is South Zone’s last man. West Zone is the Duleep Trophy 2022 champion, beats South Zone by 294 runs! Gowtham falls too, immediately after hitting a boundary. Hit straight to Unadkat at deep midwicket.
SZ 226/8 in 69 overs: Dropped! Ravi Teja gets to his fifty as Jaiswal spills an easy catch. He puts in the dive but somehow ends up making a mess of it. Seems like he was wearing shin pads, while fielding at mid-on. The set batter is back in the hut. Ravi Teja has been trapped plumb in front by Mulani. Would have gone to hit middle stump. Out comes Thampi.
SZ 205/7 in 63 overs: Ravi Teja has slashed the quicker delivery from Mulani past cover for four. Gaja takes the first wicket of the day. Not just that, this is also the first wicket of this innings for the right-arm pacer. Sai Kishore looks to get on top of the bounce and ends up offering a shot, which sees the ball fly to Panchal at slip. Krishnappa Gowtham comes to the crease.
SZ 195/6 in 59 overs: Another four off leg byes. Ravi Teja is beaten on the flick and the ball runs to the fine leg fence again. Time for drinks.
SZ 187/6 in 57 overs: Sai Kishore steps out to defend. The ball, however, turns, hits the pad and balloons over to the silly mid-off. There is a loud appeal but the umpire stays unmoved. Unlucky! A flighted ball lands on the footmark of the right-hand seamers and turns square. It beats the bat, pad and the ‘keeper to roll down to the fence. A beautiful delivery from Mulani! Ravi Teja puts on his dancing shoes and tonks a maximum off Mulani... the first sign of aggression from the South Zone batters today. Another four... Leans in and creams a drive through cover in the same over. And in an interesting turn of events... Rahane has decided to send Yashasvi off the field for indiscipline after Ravi Teja complains to the umps again! There is no substitute as well.
SZ 169/6 in 53 overs: Kotian has looked to bowl quicker today, albeit without much success. Ideally, he should be looking to toss the ball up further to allow it to turn. The fact there are two left-handers at the crease, adds to his advantage. Ravi Teja complains to the umpire about Yashasvi, who is stationed at silly point. Perhaps for all the chatter coming in from him. Rahane intervenes and talks to his teammate before patting Ravi Teja on the back and jogging back to the slips. Rahane has a word with Kotian now... he has started bowling much slower since. There is a thumbs up from the skipper after the first delivery turns quite a bit. Gaja, the second innings specialist, replaces Mulani.
SZ 165/6 in 49 overs: Four runs come off leg byes. Kotian bowls a quicker one into the pads, Sai Kishore misses the flick and it runs down to the fine leg boundary. Mulani replaces Unadkat at the far end.
SZ 158/6 in 45 overs: Rahane wastes no time in bringing on Kotian, who concedes two runs off the over. Two maiden overs follow after which Ravi Teja picks up a couple of runs through cover.
SZ 154/6 in 41 overs: Two slips and a gully in place as Unadkat runs in to bowl the first over of the day. Sarfaraz, in a helmet, makes a fine interception at mid-off. It’s a maiden over.
WEST ZONE vs SOUTH ZONE PLAYING XI
WZ XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Priyank Panchal, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Shreyas Iyer, Sarfaraz Khan, Atit Sheth, Shams Mulani, Het Patel (wk), Tanush Kotian, Jaydev Unadkat, Chintan Gaja
SZ XI: Rohan Kunnummal, Mayank Agarwal, Baba Indrajith, Hanuma Vihari (c), Manish Pandey, Ricky Bhui (wk), Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Basil Thampi, Telukupalli Ravi Teja, Cheepurapalli Stephen
WZ vs SZ, DAY 4 MATCH REPORT
If Yashasvi Jaiswal’s (265, 323b, 30x4, 4x6) double-hundred hadn’t already put the Duleep Trophy final beyond South Zone’s reach, Sarfaraz Khan (127 not out, 178b, 11x4, 2x6) and the West Zone bowlers ensured the fifth and final day would be little more than a formality.
Rohan Kunnummal (93, 100b, 14x4, 1x6) combined resilience with aggression – qualities his seniors in the team lacked – before he misread a Shams Mulani (two for 24) arm-ball that crashed into his off-stump to leave West Zone four wickets shy of the title.
R. Sai Kishore and T Ravi Teja saw off the fading light but, with 375 runs needed on the final day.
Chasing a mammoth 529, the South Zone batting line-up, studded with India internationals, failed to rise to the occasion on Saturday at the SNR College Cricket Ground in Coimbatore. Mayank Agarwal hurriedly closed the face of the bat to a good-length ball and got a leading edge to short-cover, where Tanush Kotian took a brilliant catch diving forward, sending a painful reminder to his opponents of the chances they missed in the field.
Atit Sheth (two for 29) struck in the first over of his spell when Hanuma Vihari met a length delivery on the front-foot only to edge behind to the wicketkeeper. South Zone had pegged its hopes on first-innings centurion Baba Indrajith but met with disappointment when he drove a half-volley straight to point to give Sheth his second.
In an attempt to draw a similar error from opener Kunnummal, Ajinkya Rahane tempted the Kerala opener to drive by emptying the cover region. However, Sheth missed his lengths and Kunnummal made hay by pushing the ball off the backfoot in the gap and smashed the pacer for four boundaries in one over with this method.
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Kunnummal and Manish Pandey resisted briefly with a brisk 44-run stand. However, the latter perished when Jaydev Unadkat (two for 26), returning for his second spell, angled one into his pads from around the stumps for his second wicket. South Zone lost half its side when Mulani drew Ricky Bhui’s outside edge, with Rahane diving low to his right at first slip to complete the dismissal.
Earlier, Jaiswal and Sarfaraz continued to pile agony on South Zone, adding 106 runs in 25 overs. The duo attacked the spinners early on and were hardly unsettled when the new-ball was taken three overs into the day. Jaiswal rode his luck to reach his 250 off 306 balls, smashing Kishore for a four down the ground to reach the mark in the midst of a battle with cramps.
He was given a reprieve on 251 when Bhui missed a stumping chance off Krishnappa Gowtham (two for 235), who was still recovering from the frustration of a dropped catch off his bowling earlier in the day when Jaiswal was on 225. When he eventually caught the left-hander out of his crease, with Bhui completing the stumping on this occasion to end Jaiswal’s 461-minute stay at the crease, Gowtham sat down in disbelief.
Sarfaraz, dropped on 62 by Tanay Thyagarajan while attempting the sweep, made most of his reprieve. He reverse-swept Gowtham to the square-leg boundary to reach a 90-ball fifty and took off after Lunch, hammering the first ball after the break for a six as the South Zone fielders dragged themselves onto the field for another session of toil.
With Het Patel racing to a 59-ball half-century prompting a declaration, after Sarfaraz struck a 158-ball hundred, South Zone’s agony on the field was cut short before its batters faced the heat.
- Dhruva Prasad
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WHERE TO WATCH DULEEP TROPHY 2022-23 FINAL LIVE?
The Duleep Trophy final between West Zone and South Zone will be broadcast by the Star Sports Network from 9:30am IST. The match will also be live streamed on Disney+ Hotstar app.