Jaggi powers East to Twenty20 league win

East Zone took the field with three wins under its belt and then thrashed West Zone by eight wickets and 38 balls to spare to win the Syed Mushtaq Ali Inter-Zone Twenty20 league at the Wankhede Stadium.

Ishank Jaggi did the star turn to help East Zone bag a easy win in Mumbai on Saturday.   -  PTI

East Zone took the field with three wins under its belt and then thrashed West Zone by eight wickets and 38 balls to spare to win the Syed Mushtaq Ali Inter-Zone Twenty20 league at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday. East’s top three batsmen delivered the goods with Ishank Jaggi pummelling six sixes on his way to make an attractive half-century.

West showed the inclination to compete in the match till the fourth ball of the fourth over when skipper Parthiv Patel after hitting three boundary shots of medium pacer Suryakant Pradhan played across to be declared leg before. After Patel’s fall, only Saurashtra’s Sheldon Jackson (52; 44b, 5 x 4s, 2 x 6) got going to make a half century. And, once he departed in the first ball of the 15th over, West did not have the sturdy men to play the big shots in the last five overs to post a formidable total. The home team managed to get 149 which was surpassed by East in 13.4 overs.

Openers K.B. Arun Karthick--coming in place of Shreevats Goswami--and Jharkhand’s Virat Singh provided the fireworks from the word go. Karthick struck two fours and lifted as many sixes as East hammered 61 for the first wicket off 32 balls. Virat, who had scored an unbeaten half-century in his team’s good win against North Zone on Friday, continued to dominate the bowlers and added 80 runs for the second wicket with his state teammate Jaggi. When skipper Manoj Tiwary hit the winning boundary shot, Virat was unbeaten on 58 off 34 balls with five 4s and three 6s.

Jaggi, who has been the pillar of strength for Jharkhand in the Ranji Trophy for many years, played his part by smashing a 30-ball 56. The West bowlers could little to check the run rate as East cantered home to notch its fourth straight win. A very happy-looking Jaggi said: “The most satisfactory thing was that we became champions; when we came into the tournament we were the underdogs. Manoj bhaiya (Tiwary) and Rajiv Kumar (coach) guided us from the mental point of view. They told us that we have to play good cricket as a unit and not worry about the results. We got into the groove in the first game and carried the momentum forward, that was the best thing.’’

Talking about his own form Jaggi further said: “As a batsman I want to perform in every game; I got out to a bad shot in the last game. Today I went out with a mindset either to leave the short ball initially or defend it and that I should not play a loose shot. With this approach I was able to execute the plan.’’

Scoreboard

West Zone: Sheldon Jackson c Virat b Ojha 52, Parthiv Patel lbw b Pradhan17, Aditya Tare c Arun Karthick b Das 1, Deepak Hooda b Ghosh 19, Prerak Mankad b Das 20, Rujul Bhatt not out 36, Irfan Pathan not out 2. Extras (lb-1,w-1) 2. Total (for 5 wkts in 20 overs) 149. Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-36,3-76,4-92, 5-145. Bowling: Suryakant Pradhan 4-0-28-1, Pritam Das 4-0-25-2, Writtick Chatterjee 3-0-27-0, Sayan Ghosh 4-0-32-1, Amit Verma 2-0-18-0, Pragyan Ojha 3-0-18-1.

East Zone: K.B.Arun Karthick c P.Patel b Thakur 24, Virat Singh not out 58, Ishank Jaggi c P.Patel b Thakur 56, Manoj Tiwary not out 9. Extras (lb-4,w-2) 6. Total (for 2 wkts in 13.4 overs) 153. Fall of wickets: 1-61, 2-141. Bowling: Irfan Pathan 2-0-17-0, Shardul Thakur 3-0-31-2, Ishwar Chaudhary 2.4-0-32-0, Shaurya Sanandia 2-0-26-0, Dharmendra Jadeja 2-0-17-0, Prerak Mankad 1-0-10-0, Rujul Bhatt 1-0-16-0.