North Zone v West Zone, Deodhar Trophy final March 19, 2012

All-round West thrash North to take title

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West Zone 355 for 4 (Parthiv 78, Rahane 118, Pujara 71, Jadhav 67*) beat North Zone 242 (Bipul Sharma 68, Munaf Patel 4-34, Abdulla 4-68) by 113 runs

West Zone produced a clinical performance to thrash North Zone in Dharamsala and win the Deodhar Trophy. North were going for a third consecutive title but West had looked the more convincing team in the semi-finals, in which they beat East Zone by 108 runs, and put in another all-round effort to make the final a one-sided contest.

West Zone played a near-perfect one-day game. One of their openers attacked, the other played the anchor role, their No. 3 scored 71 at better than a run-a-ball, and they had a swashbuckling innings in the end to put the game out of their opponents' reach. Then, just to make things absolutely certain, they took wickets with the new ball, before the spinners mopped up the middle order and tail.

North Zone captain Harbhajan Singh sent West Zone in, but was immediately put on the back foot as Parthiv Patel smashed 14 boundaries in his 78 off 63 balls. Parthiv got West Zone to 131 in 19 overs before he was trapped lbw by Harbhajan. Ajinkya Rahane, who had played second fiddle to Parthiv in the opening stand, anchored the innings, but kept the runs ticking over as well. His 118 came off 122 balls, and included 15 fours and a six. By the time he was dismissed, West Zone were 247 in the 39th over, and had the perfect launching pad from which to get a huge total.

Cheteshwar Pujara had shared a 116-run stand with Rahane, and went on to get 71 off 67, but it was Kedar Jadhav, a centurion in the semi-final, who gave the innings a final boost. Jadhav struck three sixes and seven fours to get 67 off just 43 balls, and ensured West Zone reached 355. North Zone's bowling figures made for sorry reading, with all the medium-pacers going at seven an over or more - Rish Dhawan's 54 off six overs was the worst of the lot. Left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma was the only bowler to concede less than five an over, taking 1 for 49 in ten.

The match ended as a contest early in the chase. Munaf Patel continued his impressive comeback from an ankle injury, making it nine wickets in four games with four early strikes to snuff out any hopes North Zone may have had. Bipul Sharma completed an impressive all-round performance with his 68 off 54 balls. West Zone's spinners came in for some stick as the tailenders threw caution to the wind: Dhawan hit two sixes in his 22 off 16 balls and Manpreet Gony struck three in his 28 off 11. The spinners hit back with wickets, though, Iqbal Abdulla following up his six-for in the semi-final with four scalps.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

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  • Shiv on March 22, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Glad to see Munaf back but the timing is very unfortunate from Team India's perspective. He should have been in the squad for Asia cup and that might have made a difference. I still cannot forget the leg break he bowled to Razzak against Pak in the semi final, what a peach of a delivery, the ball of the tournament in my book. In Asia cup, we had too much of one dimensional attack there. Praveen/Vinay/Dinda all same type, more or less same height, same pace. At any point, only one of these three should be picked. I would go with Vinay cause he is a little more pacy than Praveen, has more variety and also can bat. Dinda does not look Intl class at all. What happened to Nehra by the way, he is ever going to come back?

  • Binoj on March 20, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    @Kkasana You are right. If Harbhajan wanted to include Sangwan, it should have been at the expense of his own Punjab teammate Gony who did not get a single wicket, not Awana who picked 6 wickets.

  • Abhay on March 20, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Both Rahane and Pujara should be in for Dravid and Laxman. They are talented, they are not mere sloggers but have decent technique. Even Iqbal Abdulla should be looked at because India is struggling in the spin department as well. Iqbal, Rahul Sharma and Pragyan Ojha should be the 3 spinners for India, enough of Srikkanths Ashwin.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Bipul Sharma in making of an allrounder, good to see

  • Deepak on March 20, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    @Saleem Bikanerwala - Pragyan Ojha plays for South Zone and not for West..

  • Kasana on March 20, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Why AWANA was not included in playing 11. If I am not wrong he took 6 WKTs in very previous match. Politics, Politics, Politics.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    what ever the result may be the players of both the teams appreciated the stadium. the ptich was perfect to last for 100 overs a day .Hats off to curater Sunil Chouhan. the out field was excellent. And above all the atmosphere at Dharamsala was perfect to cricket as it was nice to see crowd in these matches. the venue has recently been given green signal for ODi's . the Dharamsala will be the future macca of cricket in India.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    come on Munaf...................increase yr pace

  • Nazim Ismail on March 20, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Good to see India prospects, Rahane and pujara doing well with the bat and so did parthiv patel. Munaf also looks like getting back to normal, although he should increase his pace to be around 140km/hr, with line and lenght control, he would then be more effective. Pujara should be in the test team and replace dravid. I am sure with the passage of time he would do a good job.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Where is Pragyan Oza? Why was he not included in the West Zone team? Would have been good to see him in action taking wickets.

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