Left arm spinner R Sai Kishore stole the show with a seven-wicket-haul as South Zone took the all-important lead against North Zone on the third day of the Duleep Trophy semi-final in Salem, Tamin Nadu on Saturday. Meanwhile in Coimbatore, Prithvi Shaw’s blistering 142 (140 balls, 15 fours, 4 sixes) helped West Zone give Central Zone a massive 501 goal in the other semi-final. Tamil Nadu spinner Sai Kishore, who has been impressive in the white ball formats, put on a great show and a strict seven wickets, including that of the talented Yash Dhull (39, 70 balls, 4 fours, 1 six) to help North Zone fired for 207 in 67 overs.
Dhull and Manan Vohra (27) resumed at 24 without a loss, pushing the North Zone’s first innings score to 67 before off-spinner K Gowtham (2 for 68) struck out the first and cleared the last, caught by Rohan Kunnummal.
Dhull, who had downed a ton in the quarter-final against East Zone, was unable to continue his good form and followed Vohra into the pavilion four runs later. He picked one up for keeper Ricky Bhui to give Sai Kishore his first scalp.
North dropped to 116 for 4 when 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) made 48 runs for the fifth wicket.
However, the exit of Rana, who was previously pinned with his leg by Sai Kishore, saw North quickly lose another wicket.
Sindhu kept fighting, but he didn’t get much support from the other side and Sai Kishore ran through the lower order.
North was sacked for 207, which gave South a huge lead in the first innings. The lanky spinner finished 7 for 70 and played a big part in the team securing the advantage of the first innings.
South did not force the sequel and opted for a second trick. Rohan Kunnummal, who scored a ton in the first essay, came with a rapid fire of 77 (72 balls) as the batters enjoyed the timeout in the middle.
At stumps South was 157 to 1.
Short 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) vs North Zone 207 all out in 67 overs (Nishant Sindhu 40, Yash Dhull 39, Dhruv Shorey 28, R Sai Kishore 7 for 70). (Toss: South).
Central 33 for 2 in pursuit of 501 for win
West Zone lowered Central to 33 for 2 after setting a massive 501 goal to win the other semi-final.
Prithvi Shaw, who went after the bowlers Friday and hit a whirlwind barrel, continued to harass the Central bowlers. He went to 142 of 140 balls (15 fours, 4 sixes) to extend the lead.
Shaw was sacked by Karan Sharma with the West score of 200, but that didn’t end the ordeal of the central bowling unit. Armaan Jaffer (49) and wicketkeeper-batter Het Patel (67) frustrated the opponent’s attack and almost took the game out of Central’s grasp.
Patel was the last wicket to fall for 67 when West was thrown out for 371.
Left arm spinner Kumar Kartikeya Singh was the best among the center bowlers taking three wickets to add to his first innings of 5 for 66.
When Central started the chase of 501, Chintan Gaja hit an early strike by removing Yash Dubey (14).
Later, spinner Shams Mulani caused Himanshu Mantri (18) to leave the team in trouble at 33 for 2 with playing time remaining from the last day.
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, The Patel 67, Armaan Jaffer 49 , Kartikeya Singh 3 for 105) vs Central Zone 128 all out 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 . (Toss: Central).
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