Duleep Trophy: Sai Kishore’s 7-wicket haul gives South big lead vs North; West sets Central huge target | Cricket News

SALEM (TN): Spinner left arm R Sai Kishore stole the show with a seven-wicket haul as the South Zone took the all-important lead against the North Zone on day three of the Duleep Trophy semi-final here on Saturday.
Meanwhile in Coimbatore, Prithvi Shaw’s 142 balls (140 balls, 15 fours, 4 sixes) helped West Zone set Central Zone to a massive target of 501 in the other semi-final.
Tamil Nadu spinner Sai Kishore who has been impressive in the white ball formats put up a superb performance, capturing seven wickets including that of talented Yash Dhull (39, 70 balls, 4 fours, 1 six) to help eliminate the northern area. for 207 in 67 overs.
Resuming at 24 without a loss, Dhull and Manan Vohra (27) pushed North Zone’s opener score to 67 before out-spinner K Gowtham (2 for 68) hit the opening shot, retiring the latter, caught by Rohan Kunnummal.
Dhull, who had slammed a ton in the quarter-final against East Zone, could not continue his good form, following Vohra into the clubhouse four points later. He cut one off goalkeeper Ricky Bhui to give Sai Kishore his first scalp.
North slipped to 116 for 4 as captain Mandeep Singh (14) and Dhruv Shorey (28) were fired in quick succession.
Himanshu Rana (17) and Nishant Sindhu (40, 64 balls, 4 fours, 2 sixes) had 48 runs for the fifth wicket.
However, the exit from Rana, who had his leg trapped before by Sai Kishore, saw North quickly lose another wicket.
Sindhu continued to fight but he didn’t get much support from the other side and Sai Kishore went through the lower order.
North was fired for 207, giving South a gigantic lead in the first inning. The lanky spinner finished with 7 for 70 and played a huge part in the team by securing first-inning advantage.
South did not apply the call and elected to strike a second time. Rohan Kunnummal, who scored a ton on the first down, came on with a quick shot 77 (72 balls) as the batters took advantage of the timeout in the middle.
At the stumps, South was 157 to 1.
Brief scores: South Zone 630 for 8 declared in 172.overs (Rohan Kunnummal 143, Hanuma Vihari 134, Ricky Bhui 103 not out) and 157 for 1 in 28 overs (Rohan Kunnummal 77, Mayank Agarwal 53 at bat) against North Zone 207 all out in 67 overs (Nishant Sindhu 40, Yash Dhull 39, Dhruv Shorey 28, R Sai Kishore 7 for 70). (Throw: South).
Central 33 for 2 chasing 501 for the win
West Zone cut Central to 33 for 2 after setting a massive 501 target to win the other semi.
Prithvi Shaw, who went after the bowlers on Friday and hit a ton of whirlwind, continued to torment the center bowlers. He went from 140 balls to 142 (15 fours, 4 sixes) to help extend the lead.
Shaw was fired by Karan Sharma with West’s score at 200, but that didn’t end the center unit bowling ordeal. Armaan Jaffer (49) and wicketkeeper striker Het Patel (67) frustrated the opposition attack and put the game virtually beyond Central’s reach.
Patel was the last wicket to fall for 67 as West was knocked out for 371.
Left-arm spinner Kumar Kartikeya Singh was the best among center bowlers taking three wickets to add to his first innings of 5 for 66.
When Central began their 501 chase, Chintan Gaja struck an early blow by knocking out Yash Dubey (14).
Later spinner Shams Mulani got Himanshu Mantri (18) to leave the team struggling at 33 for 2 with the game on the final day remaining.
Short scores: West Zone 259 all out in 85.4 overs (Rahul Tripathi 67, Prithvi Shaw 60, Shams Mulani 41, Kumar Kartikeya Singh 5 for 66) and 371 all out in 104.4 overs (Prithvi Shaw 142, Het Patel 67 , Armaan Jaffer 49, Kartikeya Singh 3 for 105) against Central Zone 128 all in 40.1 overs (Karan Sharma 34, Tanush Kotian 3 for 17, Jaydev Unadkat 3 for 24) and 33 for 2 in 9.2 overs. (Throw: center).

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