Duleep Trophy, semi-finals, 2nd day October 15, 2012

Yuvraj, bowlers make it North Zone's day

ESPNcricinfo staff

Central Zone 146 for 5 trail North Zone 451 (Yuvraj 208, Dhawan 121, Praveen Kumar 4-92, Kartik 4-120) by 305 runs

Yuvraj Singh's second first-class double-century - 208 off 241 deliveries - put North Zone in a commanding position against Central Zone on the second day of the semi-final in Hyderabad. There had been doubts about Yuvraj's fitness after his return from cancer treatment, and whether he could last the rigours of long-form cricket. This performance would have put to rest some of those questions.

Yuvraj's innings helped North Zone score 451, and by the end of the day Central Zone were 146 for 5, trailing by 305 runs.

"I was not trying to prove any point to anyone. My aim was to go and enjoy myself out there in the middle. I wanted to have fun," Yuvraj told Times of India. "Especially, after what I went through, it really felt good that I batted for so long. What makes this double hundred special is that I had spent a good amount of time in the middle which is satisfying."

As he had on the first day, Yuvraj scored quickly on the second. North Zone were 346 for 4 overnight and they added 105 more before they were dismissed. Yuvraj's contribution was 75. Praveen Kumar and left-arm spinner Murali Kartik took eight wickets between them for Central Zone.

Besides Yuvraj, the other North Zone batsmen didn't last against Praveen and Kartik. North Zone lost four wickets for 36 runs and were in danger of being dismissed for less than 400. Ishant Sharma then stayed with Yuvraj for 11.2 overs for a stand of 51 to take the total beyond 450.

Central Zone made a solid start to their reply, with the openers adding 64. Once Tanmay Srivastava was run out, however, the innings lost direction and four more wickets fell for 46 runs. Parvinder Awana took 2 for 29 to reduce Central Zone to 146 for 5 at stumps.

South Zone 134 for 5 trail East Zone 267 (Tiwary 145, Mohanty 58, Mithun 4-68) by 133 runs

In Visakhapatnam, Saurabh Tiwary scored a century to help East Zone fight back after they were reduced to 66 for 6 by South Zone on the first day. Tiwary was dismissed for 145, and after East Zone were all out for 267, their bowlers reduced South Zone to 134 for 5.

Tiwary and Basant Mohanty, who had already added 121 runs for the seventh wicket on the first day, scored 32 more before Mohanty was dismissed by seamer Abhimanyu Mithun. Iresh Saxena and Tiwary added 24 for the eighth wicket and Tiwary was eventually the last man out. East Zone's last four wickets had added 80 runs on the second day.

Biplab Samantray ensured the day would belong to East Zone, as he took three wickets to peg South Zone back. East Zone took their first wicket only in the 20th over, after openers Abhinav Mukund and Robin Uthappa had put on 69 runs. South Zone lost two more wickets for the addition of only two runs, and after a stand of 44 between Manish Pandey and Amit Verma, they lost two more to Samantray.

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  • Bilal on October 16, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Forget about Yuvraj's return.This match is shaping into an exciting contest.What a partnership for the last wicket from Kartik and Kumar.Amazing!!!!!!!

  • Sachin on October 16, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    In India we should play more matches between Zones, this trophy is better than Ranji trophy, where all the top players are playing and if they play against themsleves more we will get good players. All five teams should play one away and one home game with each other and top two should compete for Final clash. So its need of time to concentrate more on Duleep Trophy than Ranji trophy. Duleep trophy will give us real test players. And it should be during off season of Indian cricket team so all of them will be seeing playing together. For ex think North Zone team : With Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Chand, Yuvraj, Dhawan, Mandeep, Bhatia, Saini, Harbhajan, Rahul, Mishra, Ishant, Nehra, Awana, VRV Singh, H.Patel playing with west zone Jaffer, Rahane, Pujara, Tendulkar, Nayar, Rohit, Rayudu, Jadeja, K.Jadav, P.Patel, S.Patel, M.Patel, Makhwana, Unadkat, Kulkarni, Irfan, Yusuf, Abdulla, Harmeet, Agarkar, Yadav, Salvi, Fallah and many more. it will help us to find the genuine players.

  • Vinod on October 16, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Great come back from Yuvi.....Hope he will make similar great knocks in international Test matches..

  • George on October 16, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    It is great to see Yuvraj back in form. He is an asset to Indian cricket and needs to be handled with care. He definitely should be an integral part of the India ODI and T-20 squads, however I am not quite sure of his place in the Test team. He has serious problems against high quality short pitch pace bowling and genuine spin attacks. Infact, India should seriously think of separate teams and captains for each of the three formats.

  • Naresh on October 15, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Yuvi is an amazing sportsman. What he has achieved in his fight against cancer and getting back on the field is an inspiration to many. Yuvi should be made the ODI captain for the next WC. He should lead a new young team in the WC.

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    wonderfully said cricketmaan!!! and hats off to u UV!!! u showed dat u r a fighter and a character to be treated as an idol!!! i wanna c ur pure timing man!!! sixes!!! flicks!!!! ANd yeah cricketmaan ofcourse there is sumthng fr bowlers thts y central zone is stumbling!!! Yuvi u gonna rock this world again!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Yuvi are really the real Raja, who combated with tough situation and proved that one can do anything if they are well determined. You are the real and live example as well as inspiration to many in the world. Hats off.... You won the battle with cancer, and I dont think your fight for getting the #6 spot in tests would be a difficult task for you at all... We all rearing to see you even intests... But please dont forget that we cant get another Yuvi, so take care buddy and am sure this b'day is going to be very very special to you both date wise (12/12/12) and comeback to normal life ...All the best...

  • RAVINDER on October 15, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    I hope he has silenced at least some of his critics who never want to see him in test squad.Keep it up yuvi!!

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    The real status of his fitness will come to light after the 4th day... He scored 150 runs in boundaries anyway... Shouldn't be rushed into the team... An unfit yuvi will do more harm to himself and the team...

  • Jayaesh on October 15, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Million dollar man Saurabh Tiwary rises again !! well played sir, hope his former u19 teammate Manish Pandey can replicate that in 2nd innings.

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