South Zone v East Zone, Deodhar Trophy quaterfinal March 10, 2013

Aparajith ton books South Zone semifinal spot

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Zone 284 for 5 (Aparajith 121) beat East Zone 273 for 7 (Saha 77, Jaggi 55, Mithun 3-40) by 11 runs

A maiden List A century from B Aparajith led South Zone to victory over East Zone by 11 runs in the Deodhar Trophy quarterfinal in Guwahati. Through this win they advanced to the semifinal against West Zone, to be played on March 12.

National selectors Sandeep Patil and Roger Binny were in attendance, as South Zone chose to bat. They started poorly, with KL Rahul being dismissed for a golden duck, after his attempted flick carried to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha down the leg side. Opener Robin Uthappa and Aparajith revived the innings with a solid stand, before Uthappa was forced to retire hurt when he began suffering cramps, and could no longer walk. He was helped off the field by the team's physio. Contributions from Dinesh Karthik (33) and Sachin Baby (33) helped push South Zone's total to 284 for 5. Aparajith finished with 121 off 129 balls.

Abhimanyu Mithun picked up the first East Zone wicket - that of Pallavkumar Das - with the score on 21. Ishank Jaggi came in next and combined with opener Sibsankar Roy to put on 56 for the second wicket. Saha struck a fluent 77, and along with Jaggi, who finished with 55, provided sizeable contributions. Mithun, along with some important run-outs, helped keep East Zone in check, as the required run-rate continued to climb. Gokul Sharma struck an unbeaten 40, and despite some late fireworks from Abu Nechim, East Zone fell short of the target by 11 runs. Mithun was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 40.

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  • Naresh on March 12, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Aparajith has a great future. Could he be the solid number 3 for our test team? Sandeep Sharma, Aparajith and Chand should not be forgotten. They have great talent and should groomed for the future. A great set of U19 players.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    He has to replace Raveendra Jadeja..

  • Vidyadhar on March 10, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Watched a portion of his knock yesterday. Also saw him bat during the world cup. He is a calm and complete batsman. He needs to be carefully groomed for Test cricket. Keep it up. Ian Chapell in his column saying today, he could be in the Australian team now.

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    I have seen very little of Aparajith play, but whenever I saw him play he brings in a kind of calm, cool and peace inside me....Well played Aparajith....Wish U great future ahead....also I followed his innings today in our ESPN cricinfo, he really paced his innings admirably....

  • yuvraj on March 10, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    A very good young cricketer, should be nurtured, encourages and trained well. Him and chand are only ones we hear about after the U19 world cup. Hope these guys do big. Congratulations young Aparajith!

  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Baba Aparajit is a future India prospect. He is just one example. There are many under - 19 players like him, who need special attention from BCCI. They ae spread all over the country. Keen to know, what BCCI is doing about it?

  • Rajan on March 10, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Good Work Baba Aparajith I Was Impressed With Him At The U19 World Cup But Then He Had A Poor Ranji Season Hopefully This Is A Sign Of Bigger Things To Come

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