West Zone v North Zone, Deodhar Trophy final March 27, 2014

Devdhar, Pujara set up massive win for West

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West Zone 281 for 3 (Devdhar 94, Pujara 75, Rayudu 46*) beat North Zone 148 (Mandeep 37, Vasavada 3-20) by 133 runs
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Kedar Devdhar scored a 101-ball 94 and put on 144 with Cheteshwar Pujara to lay the platform for West Zone to lift the Deodhar Trophy with a massive win over North Zone in Visakhapatnam. West Zone, who have played the last five Deodhar Trophy finals against North Zone, claimed their third successive title.

Having chosen to bat, West Zone had lost Parthiv Patel in the ninth over of their innings when Pujara joined Devdhar, who had already begun brightly, striking Siddarth Kaul for three fours in one over. Even as Devdhar continued scoring briskly, Pujara was circumspect, and had only reached 16 by the time he had faced 50 balls.

The runs began flowing quicker after that, though not in boundaries. Pujara, in fact, struck his first four when he pulled Ashish Nehra for four to reach his 50. Devdhar had moved into the 90s by then, with the help of nine fours and a six, and West were into the 170s in the 36th over.

West lost Devdhar soon after, and Pujara followed him into the dressing room after striking three more fours and launching Kaul for a six over long-on. With 7.3 overs to go, Yusuf Pathan joined Ambati Rayudu. The two proceeded to add an unbroken 67 runs at close to nine an over to power West to a total of 281 for 3. Rayudu was not out on 46 off 39 balls and Pathan on a 21-ball 32. Rishi Dhawan was North's most successful bowler, both in terms of wickets and economy rate, with figures of 2 for 46 from 11 overs.

North looked well on course at 60 for 1 in the 11th over, with Nitin Saini batting aggressively in the company of Mandeep Singh. They then lost two quick wickets, Saini edging Dhawal Kulkarni to slip - he had struck six fours in a 27-ball 32 - and Rajat Paliwal nicking Jaydev Unadkat to the keeper three overs later.

After that, North lost all momentum. Pujara introduced his state-mate Arpit Vasavada, an occasional left-arm spinner, into the attack in the 20th over, and a wicket fell off his first ball, Parvez Rasool run out after a mix-up with Mandeep. The left-arm spinners then got to work, Akshar Patel and Vasavada striking three times in three overs to have North reeling at 110 for 7 after 27 overs.

Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra stuck around for a bit, but it was to no avail, as North were eventually all out for 148, with Vasavada taking his third wicket, Ishant Sharma caught at slip, to wrap up victory for West.

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  • Ashok on March 27, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Congrats, Pujara & West Zone for a convincing win over North Zone. It was good to see Pujara leading by example in the 2 matches scoring 57 & 75 & holding his team's batting together. Pujara cannot break into Indian ODI side but has shown what a batsman he is - irrespective of the format. Pathan too did well in both these matches. Harbhajan & his Team crumbled to an easy defeat. Only good bowler North Zone had was Rishi Dhawan. Gambhir flopped again!

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    People who clamor for Gambhir should look at his scores. I think Robin should get precedence over Gambhir who has some how lost his groove.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    @localghost: The rules have changed since the last 2 years including this one. One bowler can now bowl a maximum of 12 overs in an innings if the captain wishes him to bowl for that many overs.

    On the other hand, I am disappointed with the form shown by Gautam Gambhir. He is horribly short of runs and confidence.

  • Android on March 27, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    @localghost in domestic limited overs,any one bowler can bowl a maximum of 12 overs, and the dedication and commitment that pujara showed in this tournament, on basis of only these two points he deserve a place in playing 11 of India, plus kedar jadhav is a talented prospect, hope he doesn't fade out due to regional politics.

  • Sanny on March 27, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan bowled 11 overs in a 50 over match ? Please pardon me, but is 10 overs not the maximum limit in domestic 50 over matches ?

  • J on March 27, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    this trophy along with vijay hazare should surely be enough to tell us that there a few contenders for the indian odi team, uthappa, pujara, rahul shukla and though i hate to say it vinay kumar have all performed very well, if they have good ipl's too they should be on the odi squad to england with rahane sitting out for his 27 mediocre at best odi performances.

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