North Zone v West Zone, Duleep Trophy, 4th day October 9, 2012

North Zone win on first-innings lead

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North Zone 484 (Dhawan 101, Dogra 77, Makvana 5-140) and 208 for 7 (Dhawan 50, Makvana 5-80) drew with West Zone 164 (Patel 51, Sharma 4-29) and 69 for 2
North Zone won on first-innings lead

North Zone's powerful batting and incisive bowling in the first innings helped them win their quarterfinal against West Zone on the basis of a first-innings lead.

The final day began with North Zone on 30 for 0 in their second innings and they extended that to 208 for 7 before declaring. All of the top six batsmen got starts but no one made more than Shikhar Dhawan's 50. They slumped from 111 for 1 and were reduced to 208 for 7. West Zone offspinner Kalmesh Makvana took 5 for 80 to finish the match with figures of 10 for 220.

Chasing an academic target of 529, West Zone batted 29 overs to reach 69 for 2 before the match was called off as a draw.

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  • roshan on October 11, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I dont understand why they divide into different zone and some of the zones are not getting enough opportunity to send players to indian team. we could have different elevens under the captainship of different personals. like pujara, murali vijay, rahane,sunny singh, manish pandey, mandeep singh and ashok menaria. in commentary of particular channels they were pitching for gambir, dhoni and virendar sehwag if you look at their performance. it may hurt not only indian cricket but also cricket fans. They ask for change it is the time for right change yuvraj singh or suresh raina should become captain. virat kohli and aswin can not be made captain since they dont have enough experience and they are not seniors. non performing players like zaheer, irfan,gambir, dhoni and virendar sehwag should be replaced by murali vijay, jalaj saxena, mandeep singh, ashok menaria, sarul kanwar, sunny singh and other performing players. we have great wicket keepers in waiting like robin, p shah, n ojha

  • roshan on October 11, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    west zone should have included H H KHADIWALE and N S NAREDKAR in the team. bowling line up was better murtuja vohra and fallah. They have the great players like KAUSTUBH PAWAR, M VOHRA, C A PUJARA, RAHANE, P PATEL. they really miss surya kumar yadav. otherwise it is a strong team. They are capable of facing any bowling line up like ishant. If these players perform the story should have been different. Pujara alone was enough to cross this score. Shikhar dawan is really doubtful batsman he had been given ample opportunities he did nt perform. in IPL he was a terrible failure. makvana bowled beautifully he really deserves the wicket.

  • s on October 10, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Terribly disappointed that the North Zone team did not go for the win. Quite apart from the stupid points system, can't the North Zone team see the psychological advantage they would have gained had they pulled it off? Shameful!

  • Bored on October 10, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    In all this though, Shikhar Dhawan is quietly making a case for himself as an alternative to the Gambhir/Sehwag combo.

    Really think its time to give Rahane/Dhawan a shot.

  • Ashok on October 9, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    W.Zone didn't deserve to win after putting such a weak team on the field. There are a whole lot of names from Mumbai & Gujrat who are not in the team - both bowlers & batsmen. D.Kulkarni & Nehra,the medium pacers & several spinners. Also the game was reduced to a farce by N.Zone not imposing a follow on. With nearly 300 run lead why does a team needs to bat again except to put up more personal scores for S.Dhawan!. There should be more incentive for out right win to avoid such farcical tactics. Sadly both Rahane & pujara failed in the first innings to put up a big total. Both were capable of scoring at least a century but inexplicably failed on a batting wkt.

  • Balaji on October 9, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Duleep trophy is a waste of time. It had its value once, but has lost its purpose long ago. Same with the Irani Trophy. Domestic team in India have been split into 3 tiers; let the 1st tier play Ranji, the 2nd tier play for the Duleep trophy and the 3rd tier play for the Irani trophy.

  • Vidyadhar on October 9, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    This match is another reason the "win" by first innings should be modified into a system of points. The North Zone not enforcing a follow on and batting again was clearly not in the spirit of the game. We still wonder why domestic cricket has no real following ??

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