Duleep Trophy, semi-finals, 4th day October 17, 2012

Dinda takes seven as East reach final

ESPNcricinfo staff

East Zone 267 (Tiwary 145, Mithun 4-68) and 215 (Behera 60, Kumar 3-10) drew with South Zone 244 (Kumar 61, Saxena 3-37) and 85 for 8 (Appanna 24*, Dinda 7-26)

Fast bowler Ashok Dinda's seven-wicket haul brought East Zone to the brink of a stunning victory in Visakhapatnam before an unbeaten 43-run ninth-wicket partnership saved South Zone the humiliation and helped them to draw the game. The result, however, didn't matter as the East Zone marched into the final of the Duleep Trophy courtesy a first-innings lead.

South's collapse started in the third over, when opener Abhinav Mukund was bowled by Dinda. South had not added to their score when Dinda bowled No. 3 Ramaswamy Prasanna for a duck in the fifth over. After 14.2 overs, he had claimed all seven wickets to fall to reduce South to 40 for 7 and he became only the third bowler after Ramesh Powar and Ravi Shastri to have two seven-wicket hauls in the Duleep Trophy. When No. 9 Abhimanyu Mithun was dismissed by seamer Basant Mohanty, East Zone had a miraculous victory in sight. That was not to be as wicketkeeper Muralidharen Gautam and No. 10 KP Appanna stuck for 61 more deliveries to deny East the win.

When the day started, East Zone had a lot to do to be in a secure position in the game. At 129 for 6, middle-order batsman Biplab Samantray and Mohanty struck a partnership to rescue them. Samantray departed after having scored a half-century, and his side managed to go past the 200-run mark, to be eventually bowled out for 215.

South Zone, chasing 239 off 51 overs, were then reduced to 85 for 8 in 36 overs before the two teams agreed on a draw with 15 overs remaining.

North Zone 451 (Yuvraj 208, Dhawan 121, Praveen 4-92) and 187 for 4 decl. (Dewan 80, Saxena 2-51) drew with Central Zone 469 (Bhuvneshwar 128, Mishra 4-162) and 39 for 1

Central Zone are the other team who have qualified for the final, thanks to Bhuvneshwar Kumar's century and his 127-run last-wicket partnership with No. 11 Rituraj Singh that secured an improbable first-innings lead. The match was controlled by North Zone for the most part through Yuvraj Singh's double-century on his return to first-class cricket. The game hung in the balance by the end of the third day, when Central needed 10 more runs with only a wicket left to secure the lead.

North Zone had to wait for that final elusive wicket for 31 overs, but that arrived only after Central Zone went ahead by 18 runs ahead.

North Zone still attempted to force a result out of an impracticable position. Opener Rahul Dewan scored 80, putting on 75 and 54 runs respectively with fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan and No. 3 Nitin Saini. At 129 for 1, they lost two quick wickets, and Paras Dogra scored 24 to take them to 187 for 4 before they declared. Central Zone played 13 overs to take the game to its inevitable conclusion - a draw.

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  • P on October 18, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    South Zone was without its India/IPL players, so was East Zone in Dhoni, Tiwary, Shukla, Sami Mohammad, W. P. Saha, Iresh Saxena, D. Das. South got outplayed, that's the fact except for bad losers.

  • RAJAN on October 18, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @ Rohit Ramesh ,east zones also missing dhoni,saha,manoj tiwary,shammi ahmed etc etc.

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    tbh this south side is like south side B considering their best players; Badrinath, Murali Vijay, Dinesh Karthik, Yo Mahesh, Ojha, Ambati Rayudu are all playing in the Champions league. It would have been much harder had South Zone had their full strength team

  • Tim on October 17, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Still no result in any match of this tournament. Looks like Geoff Boycott played cricket for the wrong country. Hard to tell from these scorecards if its defensive batting, poor bowling or flat pitches that is causing this problem. Personally I think it's the format that rewards a team for batting for the draw on day 1.

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    This game proves how good Ishant Sharma.. Everytime before new series he claims he learn and fit etc but never deliver.. India should not take him in ENG series...

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Three all rounders are doing well in these matches 1. B Kumar 2.Rishi Dhawan 3.Biplab Samantray, all three get selectors attention please. I think Biplab is a medium pace bowler.

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    B kumar is a top order batsman He can bat anywere give him respect please He can be useful all rounder for India in ODI and test format.

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    @Rosh280 friend you are talking about this match? in this match there is Manish Pandey,S binny,Abhinav Mukund they all were in the south team check the scre card please, But Dinda is not a useful bowler for India I agree

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    It was sad to see the lack of drive to win from both captains.. first from dhawan and second from kaif to not see if they could chase the target.. the pitch was not throwing up any battle between bat and ball.. so it should've helped atleast one team , ryt??

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Wy didn't Yuvi Bat second time.. I would've had him bat earlier score 200 in just over 30 overs declare and go on an all out attack.... asking ishant and pawan to bend their backs a bit....

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