Deodhar Trophy 2023: Atit Sheth leads West Zone to thrilling one-wicket win over Central

Atit Sheth scored an unbeaten half-century to help West Zone successfully chase the target of 244 with two balls and one wicket to spare.

Published : Jul 28, 2023 22:45 IST , PUDUCHERRY - 2 MINS READ

FILE PHOTO: Atit Sheth in action.
FILE PHOTO: Atit Sheth in action. | Photo Credit: M PERIASAMY/THE HINDU

FILE PHOTO: Atit Sheth in action. | Photo Credit: M PERIASAMY/THE HINDU

Atit Sheth’s calm and collected half-century (53, 53b, 4x4, 2x6) in the midst of distress led West Zone to a one-wicket win over Central Zone in a humdinger of a contest in the Deodhar Trophy at the Siechem stadium here on Friday.

Harvik Desai (57, 86b, 8x4, 2x6) and captain Priyank Panchal gave West Zone a solid start before Central Zone opener Shivam Chaudhary broke the back of its chase with his golden arm.

Karn Sharma, Aditya Sarwate and part-timer Yash Kothari also played their part in the middle-overs choke-hold on a slowing pitch, before Rajvardhan Hangargekar’s whirlwind innings (24, 12b, 1x4, 2x6) coupled with Sheth’s street-smart cricket helped West Zone pull off a heist to secure its second win in the tournament.

Sheth began cautiously, building up a partnership with Shams Mulani as Central Zone captain Venkatesh Iyer attacked relentlessly with spin. Sheth’s maturity and temperament were on display as he stitched a 25-run partnership with number 11 Chintan Gaja to take the team over the line.

Earlier in the day, a late flourish from Shivam Mavi (47 of 39 balls) helped Central Zone to a competitive total, finishing on 243 at the end of its 50-over essay.

Central Zone lost both its openers within the first five overs. Sheth and Hangargekar pinned the batters down in the first PowerPlay, conceding only 18 runs. Sheth’s immaculate line and length meant that he ended his first spell with just four runs conceded in five overs, including three maidens.

Yash Dubey and Upendra Yadav fought back by putting up a 50-run stand, with the pair going after left-arm spinner Shams Mulani to give the innings the necessary impetus. After Chintan Gaja trapped Yadav in front to break the partnership, skipper Iyer and Dubey put on a 45-run stand before the latter was dismissed one short of a half-century.

Iyer looked in an aggressive mood, running down the track regularly, playing his familiar offensive game before it resulted in his undoing as he perished trying to loft Mulani over mid-wicket.

Mulani also got the wicket of the dangerous Rinku Singh for 15, as Central struggled to unlock a higher gear in its innings. Karn Sharma played a smart knock of 44, adding some quick runs before being runout.

Mavi then displayed a mix of power and precision in the last five overs to provide the final push and ensured that the bowlers had a sizeable target to defend.

Central Zone 243/7 in 50 overs (Yash Dubey 49, Venkatesh Iyer 43, Karn Sharma 44, Shivam Mavi 47 n.o.) lost to West Zone 244/9 in 49.4 overs (Harvik Desai 57, Priyank Panchal 36, Atit Sheth 53 n.o.; Shivam Chaudhary 4/18).
Sign in to unlock all user benefits
  • Get notified on top games and events
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign up / manage to our newsletters with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early bird access to discounts & offers to our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide to our community guidelines for posting your comment