South Zone v West Zone, Deodhar Trophy, semi-final March 12, 2013

In-form Yusuf puts West in Deodhar final

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Zone 259 for 5 (Zol 75, Y Pathan 68, Jadhav 56*) beat South Zone 258 for 8 (Binny 65, Baby 58, Patel 2-48) by five wickets

Vijay Zol, Yusuf Pathan and Kedar Jadhav struck half-centuries to take West Zone into the final of the Deodhar Trophy with a comfortable five-wicket win over South Zone in Guwahati. West Zone reached their target of 259 with more than eight overs to spare, and will take on North Zone in the final on Wednesday.

Zol, who hit the headlines in 2011 with an unbeaten 451 in an Under-19 match, anchored the West Zone reply with a well-compiled 75 off 88 balls - his highest List A score. His 71-run partnership with Rayadu eased some early jitters after West Zone lost Parthiv Patel and Manprit Juneja in consecutive overs with the score at 26 for 2. Once Rayadu was dismissed by B Sudhakar, Zol and Pathan proceeded to shut South Zone out of the match.

Pathan played his usual flamboyant game to bring up his third consecutive List-A fifty. He had a reprieve in the 23rd over after a tough chance off an outside edge went down behind the stumps, but he carried on unaffected, bringing up his fifty with a boundary over long-on. With Jadhav chipping in with a brisk 56, a comfortable win was completed.

Earlier, fifties from Stuart Binny and Sachin Baby helped South Zone reach 258 for 8 in their 50 overs. The pair added 87 runs for the sixth wicket in 13.1 overs, taking the score past 200 after South Zone were struggling at 143 for 5 in the 34th over. Baby worked hard for his first List-A fifty, hitting just three boundaries in his 58, even as Binny provided a late flourish to the innings.

Munaf Patel, playing only his fourth match of this season, picked up 2 for 48 in his 10 overs, while Nayar also picked up two wickets even though he conceded 49 runs in his seven overs. Jaydev Unadkat was the most economical bowler for West conceding 49 runs off his 12 overs and picking up the wicket of the centurion from South's previous match Baba Aparajith.

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  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    Vijay Zol was no where near the std of Aparajith and Chand during the ICC U-19 WC....In Aus it seemed like he was fishing outside the water, he has to improve a lot.....

  • thomas on March 12, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Now that Sachin is almost on his way out do we have a baby in his stead :)

  • Deepak on March 12, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Vijay Zol is getting better and better with every game. In another two years, he will be knocking at the doors of Team India. BTW, who on earth is this B Sudhakar? Surely there are much better spinners in the South.

  • $$ milind on March 12, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan is starting 2 look good as the IPL is coming shortly. Munaf has played just 2 matches and I am quite sure he will become lot better. Sachin and Binny look good prospects for Rajasthan Royals this year. So the guys are playing well

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Can anybody please inform us why Rohit Sharma didnt played todays match against South Zone. Is he participating in the final Deodhar Trophy match against North Zone ?

  • Amit on March 12, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Fielding was bad...caught the end of South Zone inning and West's fielding was pathetic....with selectors watching, I thought you would put some extra efforts...for a while I thought I was watching our league game here in Chicago suburbs…

  • Sunil on March 12, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    This was Sachin Baby's 4th List-A-fifty not the first one.Both Baby and Binny played responsible knocks.Hope they will get enough matches in IPL to prove their mettle.