North Zone v West Zone, Deodhar Trophy, final March 13, 2013

Rayudu takes West to Deodhar title

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West Zone 293 for 5 (Rayudu 78*, Patel 58, Jadhav 57, Juneja 56) beat North Zone 289 for 8 (Chand 88, Yuvraj 67) by five wickets
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A collective batting effort, led by Ambati Rayudu's unbeaten 78, helped West Zone clinch the Deodhar Trophy with a five-wicket win over North Zone in Guwahati. This was West Zone's 11th Deodhar Trophy title.

Chasing a daunting 290, West Zone lost opener Vijay Zol in the seventh over. But then Manprit Juneja and the captain Parthiv Patel, both of whom scored half-centuries, added 87 runs at 6.21 runs per over to keep the chase on track. The stand was broken when Patel tried to flick legspinner Amit Mishra's wrong one towards midwicket, providing a simple catch.

Two more wickets had fallen after small intervals, and by the 30th over, they were placed at a tricky 175 for 4.

Rayudu and Kedhar Jadhav batted together till the 43rd over, sharing a quick 87-run stand that took West Zone to a comfortable 262 for 4. Rayudu and Nayar saw them home with 10 balls remaining.

North Zone's innings, after they were put in to bat, revolved around two knocks of 88 and 67 by Unmukt Chand and Yuvraj Singh, both of whom finished as the leading run-getters in the Deodhar Trophy, with 144 runs.

Yuvraj was the more aggressive of the two, scoring seven boundaries and three sixes in his 52-ball knock.

Chand fell for a 124-ball 88, which was smartly constructed. He played slowly initially, but after reaching a half-century off 87 deliveries, accelerated, hitting three sixes and two fours, to score 38 runs off the next 37 balls. He perished in the 40th over, mishitting a hoick towards midwicket.

Their third-wicket partnership of 120 built a solid platform for acceleration towards the end, which was done via a 13-ball 25 by Manpreet Gony and a 26-ball 32 by Parvez Rasool.

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  • Ataul on March 15, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Chand is just awesome, he is definately the next big thing for IND after kohli, he should make his intl debut by this year at any format. Pls BCCI, think about it!

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Rayudu has now added patience to his talent which ofcourse is abundant. Giving opportunities to him to play for the country at least now will do a lot good to him. It will also convince all cricket lovers in this country that the present cricket management is interested only in the well being of the game and nothing else.

  • Asit on March 14, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    kedar jadhav is a very special talent and needs to be groomed...parvez rasool does not look like a test class spinner,he bowls a very flat trajectory and pushes the ball faster through the air.amit mishra is the best leg spinner of the country..he should be in the indian team in place of a struggling harbhajan.punjab's sid kaul looks impressive.rayadu as usual is fantastic.

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Rayudu is the best among rohit, etc...

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Rayadu should be given a chance.....Rohit is getting more chances then he deserves.......

  • Binu on March 13, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Bad captaincy by Gambheer, Gony was expensive in the last match and he selected over inform allrounder Rishi Dhawan then he promoted Amith Mishra ahead of Parvez Rasool see how well parvez palyed.please don't under estimate palyers from small teams like Rishi dhawan from HP and Parvez from JK

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    And so much was being said about Ishwar Pandey... the MP coach even going to say that he should be drafted into International Cricket. I may be wrong but he looked pretty pedestrian in this trophy... no pace and no good control either...

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Why do they allow some bowlers to bowl as many as 12 overs in Deodhar Trophy? I watched some action last Sunday and have to say the ground conditions (outfield) were pretty substandard... no way can you expect someone to dive around on that ground. Also, wonder why Rishi Dhawan didn't get a game for North... what more does he need to do?

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Unmukt Chand took so many balls to get set and when he was supposed to score some quick runs in the last 10 overs on a complete batting paradise, he gave away his wicket. This was a 320 wicket!

  • uncle bob on March 13, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    @DevWorah, well said. Unmukt has been a big match player. Whenever he scores a century in final his team wins. This time he made only 88 a 12 run short, North Zone lost. It seems Unmukt has found his feet at senior level with string of good scores. He should be given a chance in SA.

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