Duleep Trophy Final: West Zone Slump To 250/8 vs South Zone On Day 1

West Zone’s in-demand batting stars, including former India captain Ajinkya Rahane and KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer, were flattered to mislead when South Zone capped them to 250 for 8 on the opening day of the Duleep Trophy final on Wednesday. It was young Gujarat wicketkeeper batter Het Patel (96 out) and his undefeated 83 run ninth wicket stand with Saurashtra veteran Jaydev Unadkat (39 out) that helped West recover from a precarious 167 for 8 to a safer one. 250/8 by the end of 90 overs.

But much was expected from an incredibly strong batting lineup from the west, showing off Rahane (8), Iyer (37), Sarfaraz Khan (34), Yashasvi Jaiswal (1) and current India A captain, Priyank Panchal (7 ).

For South Zone, pacers Basil Thampi (2/42 in 15 overs) and CV Stephen (2/39 in 10 overs) blew away the West top order within the first half hour.

And then in-form left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore (3/80 in 32 overs) choked first and then ran through the middle order before lower order resistance brought the West back into play somewhat.

In the morning, Hanuma Vihari won the toss and wanted to be the first to use whatever little help the circumstances could provide.

The left-armed Andhra sailor Stephen answered his captain’s call when Jaiswal got stuck outside the stump and was caught by keeper Ricky Bhui.

Rahane started with a boundary, but old habits continued to haunt him as Ravi Teja broke one into the slip cordon when Kerala speedster Thampi led him to get one behind the stumps.

For righthander Panchal, Stephen’s pitch straightened slightly after the pitching and dropped the India A captain straight in front of the stumps.

Once it was 16 for 3, the Mumbai pair Sarfaraz and Iyer got together and it looked like the innings were being revived with a score of 48 runs.

As Sarfaraz held up one end, Iyer played his tricks, including four limits and a six.

It was Sai Kishore, who let Iyer catch to Indrajith just as the batter looked set and similarly got Sarfaraz when his 117-ball wake ended.

Tamil Nadu’s left arm spinner then rocked west with his third scalp when left-handed Mulani got stuck from a throw that turned a shadow back into him.

It, for its part, stopped the rot during its stay of 178 balls in which there were six boundaries and a six.

He first added 63 for the seventh wicket with Atit Seth (25) before Thampi broke through with the old ball.

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Krishnappa Gowtham (1/73 in 26 overs) then had Tanush Kotian before Het-Unadkat braved South for 21 overs.

Short Scores: West Zone 1st innings 250/8 in 90 overs (Het Patel 96 batting, Jaydev Unadkat 39 batting, R Sai Kishore 3/80, Basil Thampi 2/42, CB Stephen 2/39) vs South Zone.

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