North Zone v West Zone, Duleep Trophy, 3rd day October 8, 2012

Ishant, Mishra help North to huge first-innings lead

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North Zone 484 (Dhawan 101, Dogra 77, Makvana 5-140) and 30 for 0 (Dewan 20*) lead West Zone 164 (Patel 51, Sharma 4-29) by 350 runs

North Zone strengthened their grip on the Duleep Trophy quarter-final in Chennai with a combined bowling performance that bowled West Zone out for 164 and secured a 320-run lead. Ishant Sharma destroyed the top order and legspinner Amit Mishra ran through the tail, taking seven wickets between them. The North Zone openers batted for 14 overs to add 30 runs before stumps, with a day remaining.

Six for 1 overnight, West Zone's slump began in the second over of the day, when opener Kaustubh Pawar fell without a run being scored. The new batsmen tried to build partnerships but were slow. When in-form Cheteshwar Pujara got out to Ishant in the 22nd over, West Zone were struggling at 40 for 4. Bhushan Chauhan and wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel batted together for 24.2 overs, scoring 72 runs - the highest stand of the innings. Chauhan was dismissed by Ishant, who had accounted for four top-order wickets. Patel reached a fifty but departed soon after, and West Zone were 128 for 6. The last four wickets added only 36 more.

Besides Sharma and Mishra, seamer Rishi Dhawan also helped North Zone with important wickets of No. 3 batsman Murtuja Vahora and Patel. To force a result on the last day, North Zone will want to declare early and bowl West Zone out quickly again.

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  • shiju on October 9, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Shikar Dhawan has to make it on to the indian team after his performances

  • Sriram on October 9, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Ishant is getting there, but needs plenty of overs under his belt before he replaces Umesh in that XI against England. Umesh too needs a lot of Test overs, but sadly he will be warming up in CLT20 and so will ZAK. Pity that BCCI has neither given any respect to both England and Test cricket. Long live CLT20. Ishant has to be preserved for Tests and not rushed into the XI. He needs at least a couple of 5 fors in Domestic games and 50-60 overs to be ready for the next 8 tests.

  • Tahir on October 9, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    I have grown up seeing India a great batting and spin bowling strengths and sadly that era has gone. Soon, the danger of struggling against the associates is looming keeping in view the current playing and bench strength.

  • sreedhar on October 9, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    Looks like Ishant has come into his groove.He has removed almost a virtual Indian batting lineup.Good signs.Hope he will repeat his performance in second Innings.Zak also came into his own in the super league so India's bowling will look good for the upcoming test series

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Rishi dhawan played his part with bat and ball he should consider for indian probabls we need allrounders

  • Naresh on October 8, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    ISHANT needs to take over ZAKS spearhead role. Him together with YADAV and AARON India should revive Sreesanth and RP Singh's careers

  • Ashok on October 8, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    If North Zone was interested in forcing a decdision, they should have enforced West Zone to follow on. They batted instead & scored 30 runs in 14 overs!.It looked like North Zome were playing for a Draw. It will be difficult for the N.Zone to get Pujara out twice cheaply. In the first innings he was given out LBW. If Pujara bats at one end he will carry his team to safety. Unfortunately the West Zone has cream of its batting & bowling not in the XI. But I am sure they will not fold up so easily in a single day even if N.Zone declare!. One heartening feature of this match was Ishant Sharma's bowling on the eve of England test series. India also needs Yadev to bowl well to provide a strong opening attack. In spin Mishra's form bodes well albeit he ran thru' the tailenders.

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