Hello and welcome to the the HIGHLIGHTS from Sportstar’s coverage of the Duleep Trophy semifinals in Salem and Coimbatore. The news and inputs were provided by our reporters on ground - Dhruva Prasad and Lalith Kalidas.
Lalith Kalidas from Salem: A brilliant catch by Manish Pandey at second slip finds the eighth North Zone wicket. The next over the ninth wicket falls. Navdeep Saini will not be batting and that is the end of the match. South Zone beats North Zone by 650 runs.
Lalith Kalidas from Salem: North Zone 86/7 in 22.5 overs: Yash Dhull’s stoic effort comes to an end. Gowtham cleans him up for 59. North Zone nearing a dismal defeat.
Dhruva Prasad from Salem: Prithvi Shaw named Player of the Match. Not surprising.
Dhruva Prasad from Salem: Shams Mulani gets a fifer and it’s all over. West Zone beats Central Zone by 279 runs and sails into the final.
Dhruva Prasad from Salem: Central Zone 213/9 in 56 overs: The wickets keep faillng. Another duck for Central as Gaurav Yadav walks back without opening his account.
Dhruva Prasad from Coimbatore: Central Zone 213/8 in 55.2 overs: OUT! Rinku Singh’s breezy knock comes to an end. In the very next over, Rajpoot goes for a duck as Unadkat strikes.
Lalith Kalidas from Salem: North Zone 72/6 in 13.2 overs: Maiden 10-wicket haul in First Class cricket for Sai Kishore! Anmol Malhotra nicks one to wicketkeeper Ricky Bhui.
Meanwhile, play has resumed at Coimbatore.
Lalith Kalidas from Salem: North Zone 71/5 in 12.5 overs: Third duck of the innings as Himanshu Rana is caught behind off Tanay Thyagarajan. Looks like South Zone can shake hands after properly bowling them out by 2:10pm.
Lalith Kalidas from Salem: North Zone 66/4 in 11.3 overs: A duck for North Zone captain Mandeep Singh as Sai Kishore bags his ninth wicket of the match. This is his best bowling figures in a First Class match.
Lalith Kalidas from Salem: North Zone 65/3 in 11 overs: Thyagarajan skids one past Dhruv Shorey’s defence and rattles the stumps. He goes for a duck.
Lalith Kalidas from Salem: North Zone 64/2 in 9.5 overs: Eighth wicket of the match for Sai Kishore as Nishant Sindhu’s mistimed slog is caught at long-on.
Dhruva Prasad from Coimbatore: The covers come on as rain comes down in Coimbatore. Central Zone 199/6 in 50.2 overs. Rinku is unbeaten on 59 off 55 with Menaria on 22 off 55.
Central Zone 198/6 in 50 overs vs West Zone: Rinku Singh continues with his fluent stroke play and brings up his fifty. He is currently batting on 58 runs.
Lalith Kalidas from Salem: North Zone 23/1 in 4.3 overs: First wicket for South Zone as K Gowtham strikes. Manan Vohra finds Mayank Agarwal at long-on.
Dhruva Prasad from Coimbatore: Central Zone 165/6 in 43 overs: Back after Lunch. Rinku and Menaria at the crease. Rinku races to 41 off 42 balls.
Lalith Kalidas from Salem: Back for the second session. North Zone openers Manan Vohra and Yash Dhull at the crease. K Gowtham takes the new ball for South
And play resumes after the Lunch break.
Lalith from Salem: Second First Class hundred for T Ravi Teja. He gets there with seven fours and three sixes. He received a reprieve from the forward short leg fielder on 99 but a brilliant innings nevertheless.
Dhruva from Coimbatore: Ashok Menaria comes in to bat as concussion replacement for Venkatesh Iyer in Central Zone’s second innings. West Zone needs four wickets to reach the final.
Dhruva from Coimbatore: Shubham Sharma and Priyam Garg have fallen in quick succession. Central Zone 108/5. West Zone five wickets away from a spot in the final.
Dhruva from Coimbatore: Wicket! First of the morning for West Zone as Kartikeya loses his off stump driving outside off. Atit Sheth gets his first. Central Zone 97/3.
Lalith from Salem: Fifty for T Ravi Teja off 66 deliveries. Makes the most of his promotion to no. 3. Seems to be developing as a handy all-round option for his teams.
Lalith from Salem: South Zone 175/2 in 33 overs. Mayank Agarwal is clean bowled by Mayank Dagar for 64. Baba Indrajith enters at 4.
Dhruva from Coimbatore: Central Zone 54/2 in 15 overs. Shubham and Kartikeya have struck four boundaries already with the pacers erring in length slightly and pitching it up. Variable bounce on this wicket now, with one from Unadkat keeping low and rapping Kartikeya on the pads.
Dhruva from Coimbatore: Formalities await on Day 4. Central Zone needs 468 runs to win and the best it could hope for is a day of batting practice ahead of a full-fledged domestic season. Meanwhile, West Zone will look to seal the contest as soon as possible and give its players some rest ahead of the final.
Lalith from Salem: Just another day in Indian domestic cricket which makes you rethink the case of deciding a match on first-innings lead. However, to its credit, South Zone has done well to earn the innings lead and even pushed it past the 500-mark on Day 3. While formalities await, Hanuma Vihari’s South Zone will hope to test specific aspects before possibly shaking hands at Tea.
How the matches have panned out so far:
In Coimbatore: West pressed home its advantage in its second innings and set Central a humongous target of 501. Central Zone is 33/2 in response.
In Salem: After Sai Kishore’s best First Class bowling figures (25-4-70-7) had skittled North Zone for 207 on a surface aiding spin, South Zone skipper Hanuma Vihari decided against enforcing the follow-on. Mayank Agarwal (53 batting) and Ravi Teja (19 batting) finished on 157 for one.
South Zone has won the toss and elected to bat.
Central Zone has won the toss and elected to bowl
Lalith Kalidas from Salem: Good morning from the SCF ground in Salem. The Duleep Trophy semifinal between North Zone and South Zone will be underway shortly. Both teams are going through their warmups. The wicket looks benign with tinges of green.
Dhruva Prasad from Coimbatore: “Looks a like a dry wicket here at SNR College Cricket Ground for the Duleep Trophy semifinal between West Zone and Central Zone. Just a tinge of grass on what looks like a belter.” Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw and Yashasvi Jaiswal have had some intense slip catching drills this morning.
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WHERE TO WATCH DULEEP TROPHY 2022-23 LIVE?
The Duleep Trophy isn’t available for live telecast or live streaming. Only the final will be broadcast by the Star Sports Network.