North Zone v South Zone, Deodhar Trophy semi-final

Bowlers, Paliwal take North Zone into final

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March 24, 2014

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North Zone 265 for 7 (Paliwal 107*, Gurkeerat 77, Vinay Kumar 3-57) beat South Zone 165 (Nair 51*, Harbhajan 3-35, Rasool 3-15) by 100 runs

Rajat Paliwal struck a match-winning century, North Zone v South Zone, 1st semi-final, Deodhar Trophy, Visakhapatnam, March 24, 2014
Rajat Paliwal's third List A ton pulled North Zone out of trouble © BCCI

An unbeaten century from Rajat Paliwal and a strong bowling performance led by Harbhajan Singh and Parvez Rasool helped North Zone march into the final of the Deodhar Trophy with a 100-run win over South Zone.

Put in to bat, North Zone lost Gautam Gambhir early and were struggling at 63 for 4, before Paliwal and Gurkeerat Singh Mann added a 151-run stand to set the base for a challenging score. After Gurkeerat was out for 77, Paliwal stepped up the run-scoring, reaching his third List A hundred to propel North Zone to 265 for 7.

In reply, B Aparajith and Robin Uthappa gave South Zone a safe, sedate start, adding 72 for the first wicket. However, Rishi Dhawan and Ishant Sharma combined to dismiss the South Zone top order, as Aparajith, Uthappa and KL Rahul fell within three overs. The middle order, too, failed to push the chase along as Dinesh Karthik, Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey were out cheaply, falling to the spin pair of Harbhajan and Rasool. That left Karun Nair with a tough target and the tail-end, and the batsman responded with a fighting fifty off 57 balls, including two sixes. His innings, however, was too late in the day for South Zone, who were out for 165 in the 37th over.

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Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

Great batting performance by paliwal...

Posted by Buster_44 on (March 25, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

Why was Sehwag not played..??

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 11:26 GMT)

Please guys don't get after bhajji. Man with over 700 international wkts and over 1000 first class wickets can't be average. All go through ups and downs. So just wait and watch. Right now ashwin is only mediocre. MISHRS IS NO.1 SPINNER. GUPTA SING. IS ALSO A BIG TALENT. NEEDS TO GET IN ODI TEAM . WILL BE MORE CONSISTENT THAN ROHIT SHARMA.

Posted by Ishfaqkhan.jk on (March 25, 2014, 3:05 GMT)

Well done guyz. It was nyc to c parvaiz rasool and harbajan to bowl well with paliwal and gurkreet making southzone bowlers look like club level bowlers. North zone has got lot of talent though. But again and again ishant is being given chances instead of uday koul.

Posted by rod77 on (March 25, 2014, 2:42 GMT)

Rajat paliwal has emerged as very good batsman should get a look in atleast India A team.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

Parvez took same wickets with lesser over. HS did not bowl him like he should have....worried about competition??

Posted by pritpalpabla on (March 24, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

It was good bowling performance by Bhajji and Parvez.... Good to see them performing... All the best for the finals....

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