Duleep Trophy 2023 Semifinals Day 4 Highlights: South Zone wins thriller vs North; West cruises into final

Duleep Trophy 2023: Catch the highlights, score, updates and commentary from Day 4 of the Duleep Trophy semifinals - West Zone vs Central Zone and North Zone vs South Zone - being played in Alur and Bengaluru.

Updated : Jul 08, 2023 16:57 IST

Catch the live score and updates from the Duleep Trophy semifinals.
Catch the live score and updates from the Duleep Trophy semifinals. | Photo Credit: MURALI KUMAR K

Catch the live score and updates from the Duleep Trophy semifinals. | Photo Credit: MURALI KUMAR K

Welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of the Duleep Trophy 2023 semifinals being played in Alur and Bengaluru.

  • July 08, 2023 16:55
    That’s all folks!

    That is it from our side. A perfect end to four days of cricket.

    We’ll be back for the final where West will try to defend its title. South, on the other hand, will be looking to avenge its 2022 loss.

    See you on the July 12. This was Abhishek Saini and Sahil Mathur taking you through the action. Cheers!

  • July 08, 2023 16:47
    All’s well that ends well
  • July 08, 2023 16:44

    SAI KISHORE! FINISHES OFF IN STYLE! He smashes Jayant Yadav for a six over long on and wins the game for his side.

    South Zone wins by two wickets. It will meet West Zone in the final. A repeat of the 2022 title clash.

  • July 08, 2023 16:42
    South Zone 213/8, needs 2 more to win

    V Vyshak is able to stand for the three deliveries from Baltej Singh.

    Sai Kishore to take strike in the next over.

  • July 08, 2023 16:39
    South Zone 213/8, needs 2 more to win

    Sasikanth holes out to Jayant Yadav! It is not over, ladies and gentlemen.

  • July 08, 2023 16:36
    South Zone 212/7

    Sasikanth takes a single on the first delivery of the over from Baltej Singh.

  • July 08, 2023 16:33
    South Zone 211/7, needs 4 more to win

    The win is surely in sight now. Sasikanth and Sai Kishore take singles for the rest of the over.

  • July 08, 2023 16:29
    South Zone 208/7, needs 7 more to win

    Sasikanth tonks Rana over mid wicket for six runs. Just eight needed now!

    He takes a single of the next delivery.

  • July 08, 2023 16:27
    South Zone 201/7

    K V Sasikanth is the new batter at the crease. Starts with a dot ball.

  • July 08, 2023 16:26
    South Zone 201/7, needs 14 more to win

    The seventh wicket goes down! Harshit Rana gets Washington Sundar.

  • July 08, 2023 16:24
    South Zone 201/6, needs 14 more to win

    We still await the start of the next over.

  • July 08, 2023 16:21
    South Zone 201/6, needs 14 more to win

    Sai Kishore! He smacks a maximum off Baltej Singh. That gets South Zone past 200 and just 14 runs from a win.

  • July 08, 2023 16:17
    South Zone 193/6, needs 22 more

    If all that’s going on was not enough, the umpires take a reading for the light.

    Much to the relief of South Zone, the light is good to play. For now, at least.

  • July 08, 2023 16:16
    South Zone 193/6, needs 22 runs more to win

    It is the end of an over. Finally! Sai Kishore sees out the last three deliveries of the over.

    22 runs more to go for South.

  • July 08, 2023 16:13
    Oh the wait!
  • July 08, 2023 16:09
    South Zone 192/6, needs 23 more to win

    R Sai Kishore is the new batter and he gets off the mark on the first delivery.

  • July 08, 2023 16:08
    Pressure getting to South Zone?

    Two set batters fall in successive overs. It is all happening at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

  • July 08, 2023 16:07
    South Zone 191/6, needs 24 more to win

    Tilak Varma is out! Harshit Rana induces an edge and Prabhsimran does the rest behind the stumps. What is happening here?

  • July 08, 2023 16:05
    South Zone 191/5, needs 24 more to win

    The crowd is displeased with the North Zone players taking too long to finish their overs, tweets Ashwin Achal.

  • July 08, 2023 16:02
    South Zone 191/5, needs 24 runs more to win

    Drama! Ricky Bhui is gone! Baltej Singh gets the breakthrough. Dhruv Shorey makes no mistake in completing the catch.

    Surely there’s no turnaround from here. Or is it?

    Washington Sundar is out in the middle.

  • July 08, 2023 15:57
    Oh the precious seconds!

    North Zone doing whatever little it can to slow down the play.

  • July 08, 2023 15:55
    West Zone 186/4, needs 29 runs to win

    Harshit Rana finishes off the three deliveries of his over. Three runs come from those balls and South Zone just 29 away from a place in the final.

  • July 08, 2023 15:51
    We’re set to go

    South Zone to continue its innings from 183/4. 32 runs to go.

  • July 08, 2023 15:44
    South vs North - Rain stops
  • July 08, 2023 15:10
    South Zone vs North Zone

    It’s still raining in Bengaluru, says our reporter Ashwin Achal.

    The wait goes on.

  • July 08, 2023 14:48
    South Zone vs North Zone - Tea

    The umpires have taken Tea on Day 4. Still no update on the resumption.

  • July 08, 2023 14:41
    South Zone vs North Zone - As things stand

    If there is no play possible, North Zone will qualify for the final by virtue of first innings lead.

  • July 08, 2023 14:30
    Official: West Zone advances to the final

    The match between West Zone and Central Zone is drawn. West makes it to the final by virtue of first innings lead.

  • July 08, 2023 14:11
    West Zone vs Central - Rain delay continues

    Pranay Rajiv: Players are seen shaking hands. No official announcement yet but it seems the game is over.

    West Zone is through to the final.

  • July 08, 2023 13:55
    South Zone 183/4, needs 32 more to win - Rain stops play

    South needs 32 more to win with Tilak Varma and Ricky Bhui still there.

    Here comes the rain again. Play stopped.

  • July 08, 2023 13:42
    South Zone 167/4, needs 48 more to win

    Tilak Varma hits a six. The target for South is now less than 50 with six wickets in hand.

  • July 08, 2023 13:27
    South Zone 141/4, needs 74 more to win

    North Zone gets the wicket of Hanuma Vihari. The South skipper goes on 43. Harshit Rana takes his wicket. North Zone not out of this contest just yet.

    In walks Tilak Varma.

  • July 08, 2023 13:16
    South Zone 133/3, needs 82 more to win

    There’s a turnout for this game as it proceeds for an exciting finish.

  • July 08, 2023 13:11
    Central Zone 128/4, needs 262 more to win - Rain stops play

    We have a rain interruption in Alur. Just when Central looked like gaining some momentum, rain halts play. Yadav is on 18 while Khare on 27.

  • July 08, 2023 13:04
    Central Zone 120/4, needs 270 more to win

    Upendra Yadav has started his innings well and has moved to 13 off 21 deliveries. Amandeep Khare on 24 off 65 at the other end.

  • July 08, 2023 13:01
    South Zone 118/3, needs 97 more to win

    Mayank Agarwal gets to his fifty but falls immediately after. Jayant Yadav catches him leg before on 54.

    Ricky Bhui joins captain Hanuma Vihari now.

  • July 08, 2023 12:55
    South Zone 111/2, needs 104 more to win

    South Zone cruising. Vihari has struck seven fours and is on 31 off 25. Mayank Agarwal one short of his half century.

  • July 08, 2023 12:49
    Central Zone 102/4, needs 288 more to win

    Rinku Singh falls right after Lunch. Dodiya gets him caught to Nagwaswalla.

  • July 08, 2023 12:42
    South Zone 88/2, needs 127 more to win

    Hanuma Vihari hits two boundaries in Harshit Rana’s over. The intent from the South batters is clear - they are out for the win before the next rain delay stops the match.

  • July 08, 2023 12:35
    South Zone 74/2, needs 141 more to win

    The game is back underway after the Lunch break.

    Mayank Agarwal will play the steering role in the chase. He is on 36 off 41 deliveries. Hanuma Vihari with him at the crease.

  • July 08, 2023 12:06
    Central Zone 101/3, needs 289 more to win - Lunch

    Rinku thumps Gaja for a lofted boundary straight into the press box says Pranay Rajiv.

    It is Lunch on Day 4 and Rinku Singh’s knock has sparked some life into the Central Zone run chase. Still a long way from the target though.

  • July 08, 2023 12:00
    Central Zone 96/3, needs 294 more to win

    Rinku Singh blitzkreig underway. He’s tonked three sixes in the space of three overs. Two of them in Jadeja’s over - one over long off and one over cover. He’s now on 35 off just 27.

  • July 08, 2023 11:44
    Central Zone 69/3, needs 321 more to win

    Rinku Singh is the new batter and he has added on 10 runs in 13 deliveries. Amandeep Khare is on 21 off 50.

  • July 08, 2023 11:34
    South Zone 68/2 - Lunch

    South captain Hanuma Vihari was on the field for an inspection and looked keen to get play resumed. However, with the drizzle back, early lunch was taken.

  • July 08, 2023 11:23
    Central Zone 55/3, needs 335 more to win

    Jurel stumped. Dances down against Jadeja and misses the length completely. Het Patel completes an easy stumping.

  • July 08, 2023 11:18
    The perils of fielding at silly point

    Sarfaraz Khan has gone off the field.

  • July 08, 2023 11:16
    Central Zone 48/2, needs 342 more to win

    The Central batters seem pretty comfortable against the spin of Dharmendrasinh Jadeja. The team total is inching closer to 50 runs. Central would need this pair to continue for the remaining session and chip away at the target.

  • July 08, 2023 11:07
    Central Zone 42/2, needs 348 more to win

    Some semblance of a recovery from Central. Dhruv Jurel and Amandeep Khare apply themselves in the middle and have stitched a 25-run partnership.

  • July 08, 2023 10:47
    South Zone 68/2 - Rain stops play
  • July 08, 2023 10:40
    Central Zone 24/2, needs 366 more to win

    Ominous signs for Central Zone. The openers needed to provide a platform but they could not last 10 overs.

    Dhruv Jurel and Amandeep Khare at the crease right now, and would want to contribute a sizeable partnership to put up some fight in the contest.

  • July 08, 2023 10:27
    Central Zone 17/2, needs 373 more to win

    Pranay Rajiv: Atit Sheth into the attack and he removes Vivek Singh straight away. Slight out swing and Vivek edges it. Het Patel completes a low catch. Central loses both its openers.

  • July 08, 2023 10:25
    South Zone 68/2, needs 147 more to win

    Vaibhav Arora strikes again. He traps Samarth R leg before on five runs. North Zone managing to stay in the hunt.

    Captain Hanuma Vihari joins Mayank Agarwal in the middle.

  • July 08, 2023 10:05
    South Zone 53/1, needs 162 more to win

    Samarth R is the new batter for South and he seems to be settling in. Mayank Agarwal’s strike rate has dropped below 100 for the first time in this innings.

  • July 08, 2023 10:02
    Central Zone 8/1, needs 382 more to win

    Pranay Rajiv: Nagwaswalla strikes. He draws an edge from Himanshu Mantri from over the wicket and Sarfraz takes the catch at gully.

  • July 08, 2023 09:54
    South Zone 45/1, needs 170 more to win

    A change in bowling works. Vaibhav Arora removes Sai Sudharsan on 17 as he is caught by keeper Prabhsimran Singh.

  • July 08, 2023 09:53
    Central Zone 4/0, needs 386 more to win

    Himanshu Mantri faces all six deliveries of Arzan Nagwaswalla’s opening over. He manages to find the fence at sqaure leg.

    Vivek Singh to face Chintan Gaja now.

  • July 08, 2023 09:45
    North Zone 43/0, needs 172 more to win

    South Zone is zooming away towards the target. Mayank Agarwal is on 24 off 19 and found another boundary in Baltej Singh’s over.

    North needs to put a halt on the scoring rate here.

  • July 08, 2023 09:40
    West Zone 297 all out

    Well, the question is answered. Yuvraj and Arzan cannot. Saransh Jain gets Dodiya to hole out to Rinku Singh and that is the end of the West Zone innings.

    Central Zone needs 390 runs to win.

  • July 08, 2023 09:36
    West Zone 297/9, leads by 389

    Arzan Nagwaswalla picks up two doubles in the first over of the day. Can the Nagwaswalla and Yuvrajsinh Dodiya take the lead past 400?

  • July 08, 2023 09:34
    South Zone 25/0, needs 190 more to win

    Harshit Rana finishes the three remaining deliveries of his over. Mayank Agarwal is able to find the fence on the penultimate delivery. He’s now on 16 off just 14 deliveries. Sai Sudharsan meanwhile taking his time as he stands on seven off 28.

  • July 08, 2023 09:30
    Ready for Day 4

    The ground has dried up properly and the sky looks clear for now, says Pranay Rajiv from Alur as the Central Zone players walk out on to the field.

  • July 08, 2023 09:11
    The Pujara Masterclass

    On Friday, like scores of bowling units before them, Central Zone endured the futility of bowling to Cheteshwar Pujara.

    The West Zone batter had begun his six-hour-long innings on Thursday after his team had taken a 92-run lead against Central in the Duleep Trophy semifinal at the Alur (I) Cricket Ground in Bengaluru.

    Full story by Pranay Rajiv:

    Pujara buckles down with idiosyncratic century in Duleep Trophy semifinal after India snub

  • July 08, 2023 09:02
    Bengaluru weather forecast

    Like the three days of start and stop due to rains, the fourth day too is likely to get affected by rains.

    The temperature is 26° right now. The chances of rain stand at 40%, peaking between 2-3 PM today.

  • July 08, 2023 08:56
    West Zone vs Central Zone - Day 3 Report

    Duleep Trophy 2023 semifinal: Pujara ton puts West Zone in front on rain-hit day

  • July 08, 2023 08:54
    North Zone vs South Zone - Day 3 Report

    Duleep Trophy 2023 semifinal: Vyshak fifer puts South Zone on course for victory

  • July 08, 2023 08:51
    Scores at Day 3, Stumps

    South Zone 21/0 & 195 vs North Zone 198 & 211 - South needs 194 runs to win

    West Zone 292/9 & 220 vs Central Zone 128 - West leads by 284 runs

  • July 08, 2023 08:29
    As things stand

    Day 3 of the match between West Zone and Central Zone belonged only and only to Cheteshwar Pujara. The batter brought up his 60th First Class century to go level with the great Vijay Hazare. He ensured that the West run tally kept ticking on despite wickets falling around him. His 133-run knock got the side’s lead to 384 runs. Given its the last day, expect West to declare and go for the outright win.

    In Bengaluru, Prabhsimran Singh threatened to pull the game away from South Zone. He played some aggressive strokes but fell to the bouncer trap of V Vyshak. The Karnataka bowler picked up five wickets and stuck a foot in the door. South had a target of 215 to chase and 21 of those were made on Day 3 before rain stopped play. This game hangs right in the balance. We’re in for a treat of a final day.

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