Duleep Trophy: Rohan Kunnummal, Hanuma Vihari tons put South in command vs North Zone | Cricket News

SALEM (Tamil Nadu): Beginner opener Rohan Kunummal and captain Hanuma Viharihundreds of undefeated propelled South area at 324 to 2 to stumps against North area in the semi-finals of Duleep Trophy cricket tournament Thursday.
Going to bat, South got off to a good start with Kunnummal and Agarwal (49, 59 balls, 6X4, 1X6) matching blow for blow.
Kunnummal, 24, from Kerala, was the first to reach the half century as they added 100. Agarwal, who looked in good touch, was knocked down by spinner Nishant Sindhu.
Kunnummal seemed to be comfortable in the middle, playing some nice shots and Vihari, who joined the Kerala right-hander in the middle, played himself and allowed the young fly-half to play his shots.
Kunnummal cashed in every time the spinners got the line and length wrong.
The duo were involved in a 167-run partnership that deflated North Zone bowlers. Vihari brought his 50 from 108 balls.
Kunnummal landed some great shots and hit his ton of 172 deliveries with a whopping six on the ground. He was lucky to survive a chance when he was dropped off at Nishant Sindhu Bowling on 77.
He continued to score as the captain too seemed to pick up the pace of goalscoring. The huge stand between Kunnummal and Vihari was shattered by pacemaker Navdeep Saini when he brought in the former for 143.
His 225 innings were peppered with 16 fours and 2 sixes.
The ton continued Kunnummal’s superb run, including last season’s Ranji Trophy which included three centuries.
Vihari, on the other hand, did what suited him best, biding his time and waiting for the bad balls to score.
At the stumps, he was on 107, while Tamil Nadu hitter B Indrajith gave him company on 20.
Brief scores: South Zone 324 for 2 overruns in 90 (Rohan Kunnummal 143, Hanuma Vihari 107 not out, Mayank Agarwal 49) against North Zone.
Middle zone cuts west at 252 for 9
In Coimbatore, the formidable West Zone side were limited to 252 for 9 at the stumps on the opening day of the other semi-final against the Central Zone with left-arm spinner Kumar Kartikeya Singh collecting a five-carry counters.
Coming into the game having made a massive total against the Northeast Zone in the quarterfinals, the strong Western batting team couldn’t quite live up to the reputation.
Central zone captain Karan Sharma won the toss and opted to play.
Despite the loss of his opening partner Yashasvi Jaiswal for a duck, Prithvi Shaw hit a quick 60 (78 balls, 10 fours) and shared a 57-run stand for the third wicket with Rahul Tripathi (64 at bats, 137 balls, 5 fours, 1 six).
Tripathi was also involved in a half-century partnership with 23-year-old Armaan Jaffer, but the middle zone continued to strike at regular intervals to control the West batters.
Skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who hit a double ton in the quarter-finals, lost to Gaurav Yadav for 8.
Jaffer looked in fine form before hammering a delivery from Karan Sharma (1 for 32) straight into the hands of Aniket Choudhary.
The versatile Shams Mulani (41) and Tanish Kotian (36) made practical contributions, but it didn’t seem like enough.
Kartikeya Singh’s scalps included Atit Sheth, Shaw, Kotian, Het Patel and Jaydev Unadkat. His superb effort held up the Western batting lineup.
Tripathi and Chintan Gaja (5 at bat) were at the crease when the stumps were drawn.
Brief notes: West Zone 252 for 9 overs for 82 (Rahul Tripathi 64 batting, Prithvi Shaw 60, Shams Mulani 41, Kumar Kartikeya Singh 5 for 66) against Central Zone.

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