Duleep Trophy Final: Rahane, Shreyas fail as West Zone manage 250/8 vs South on Day 1 | Cricket News

Coimbatore: West areastar hitters wanted, including former India captain Ajinkya Rahane and KKR skipper Shreyas Iyerflattered to deceive as South area limited them to 250 for 8 on the opening day of the Duleep Trophy Final Wednesday.
He was the young goalkeeper of Gujarat Het Patel (96 at bat) and his 83-run stand for the ninth wicket with Saurashtra veteran Jaydev Unadkat (39 at bat) which helped West recover from a precarious 167 for 8 to a safer 250/8 at the end of the 90 overs.
But much was expected from an incredibly strong West batting team which boasts of Rahane (8), Iyer (37), Sarfaraz Khan (34), Yashasvi Jaiswal (1) and current India captain A Priyank Panchal (7).
For the southern zone, pacers Basil Thampi (2/42 in 15 overs) and CV Stephen (2/39 in 10 overs) blew the West top in the first half hour.
And then left arm spinner in R shape Sai Kishore (3/80 in 32 overs) initially choked and then broke through the middle order before lower order resistance brought the West somewhat back into the game.
In the morning, Hanuma Vihari won the toss and wanted to use what little help the conditions could offer first.
Andhra’s left arm tailor Stephen answered his captain’s call as Jaiswal was left pushed outside the stump and grabbed by keeper Ricky Bhui.
Rahane started with a limit but old habits came to haunt him when Ravi Teja broke one in the drawstring when Kerala speedster Thampi made him place one behind the stumps.
For right-hander Panchal, Stephen’s delivery straightened after throwing and sent the India A captain diving in front of the stumps.
Once it was 16 for 3, the Mumbai pair of Sarfaraz and Iyer came together and looked like they would resurrect the innings with a stand of 48 runs.
As Sarfaraz held off, Iyer played his shots, which included four limits and a six.
It was Sai Kishore, who got Iyer caught by Indrajith just when the batter looked ready and similarly got Sarfaraz at the end of his 117-ball vigil.
The Tamil Nadu left-arm spinner then rocked West with his third scalp as southpaw Mulani was trapped in a delivery that knocked a shadow off him.
Het, for his part, stemmed the rot, during his 178-ball stay in which there were six limits and a six.
He first added 63 for the seventh wicket with Atit Seth (25) before Thampi broke through with the old ball.
Krishnappa Gowtham (1/73 in 26 overs) then had Tanush Kotian before Het-Unadkat challenged South for 21 overs.
Short scores: West Zone 1st inning 250/8 in 90 overs (Het Patel 96 at bat, Jaydev Unadkat 39 at bat, R Sai Kishore 3/80, Basil Thampi 2/42, CB Stephen 2/39) against South Zone.

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