At the end of the third day of play, the west zone was 376 to 3, thanks to Jaiswal’s unbeaten 209 balls from 244 balls that had 23 boundary and three sixes.
West now has a 319-point lead and even if they declare at lunch on day four, they will have five full sessions to force an outright victory, although the track will become easier on the stick without considerable wear and tear.
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For South, it will be about beating in the fourth inning and taking the trophy by virtue of the first inning.
Jaiswal had a third wicket of 169 with Shreyas Iyer (71) and another 58 for the unbroken fourth wicket with Sarfaraz Khan (30 at bat).
It was a day best remembered for the duel between two powerful performers in this year’s domestic cricket – left-handed fly-half Jaiswal and left-arm spinner Ravisrinivasan. Sai Kishore.
While Jaiswal had failed in the first set, he came out with much more positive intent on second down after South were fired for 327 with just nine points added to their overnight score of 318/7 .
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Once West came out, Jaiswal was tough on South leaders Basil Thampi (0/67 in 9 overs) and CV Stephen (0/27 in 6 overs) as he and Priyank Panchal (40) added 110 points to just under five per over for the opening stand.
South skipper Hanuma Vihari missed the round when he introduced Sai Kishore (27-5-100-2) only as a second substitution after the opening stand gave up over 80 points.
Panchal was caught bowling by Sai Kishore and Ajinkya Rahane was then trapped in the front leg by out-spinner Gowtham (33-1-139-1).
But the two-wicket joy was short-lived once Jaiswal started to put his feet to good use with two spinners in their combined 60 overs for 239 runs, or almost four runs per over.
He received good support from Iyer, who made amends and hit four fours and two sixes before being sent off as he attempted a bowling glory shot from Sai Kishore. Iyer, thus missed half a century in the first set and did not show enough patience to score a hundred in the second.
Jaiswal hit Gowtham with the turn for a six and didn’t let Sai Kishore settle on a line as he repeatedly ran down the track to disrupt his line. He also had a bowling six out of stitching Stephen.
There were many boundaries between coverage and the region of extra coverage and one of those shots off Gowtham brought up his double cent.
It was like a release of emotions as he let out a battle cry as he received a standing ovation from the West dressing room.
Short scores: West 270 and 376/3 (Yashasvi Jaiswal 209 batting, Shreyas Iyer 71, R Sai Kishore 2/100, K Gowtham 1/139). South Zone 327 (Baba Indrajith 118, Jaydev Unadkat 4/52).