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

Dinda takes seven as East reach final

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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)
Scorecard

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
Scorecard

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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  • squarepeg 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.

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

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

  • 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

  • Dashgar 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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??

  • 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....

  • squarepeg 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.

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

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

  • 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

  • Dashgar 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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??

  • 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....

  • on October 17, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    One of south zone's worst performances. This is what happens when just two states fill up the team. When it is a zonal tournament you need a blend of good players from all the states striking the right balance. South's spin department was well below par and the hyped batting failed. A zonal tournament needs to nurture young performers from Ranji. Tried and tested players should stick to their states.

  • jimbond on October 17, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    There is something wrong somewhere- either the pitch, or the scheduling, or something else. Here in the toughest national tournament, it is becoming difficult to distinguish good from average, from trash. People who score hundreds or take five for's end up becoming spectators against proper cricketing sides. This system will continue to throw up people like Vijay, Dinda etc who are useless elsewhere. We have a Manoj Tiwari who is clueless against shortpitched bowling, and a RG Sharma who lets ball easily between his pads. And the ones who seem to be okay at first appearance- such as Pujara, Rahane, Badrinath, seem to struggle to get into teams. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar will himself admit that he is no batsman, but these guys were struggling to get him out. And people like Praveen Kumar and Irfan Pathan who swing the ball a long way, find themselves out of teams selected for seaming conditions abroad. Something bold has to be done to save Indian cricket.

  • Fan_of_bengal on October 17, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    I will be happier if selectors dont pick Dinda for the England series. After all playing for Bengal in the Ranji trophy is much better for him rather than sitting on the bench for the national team.

  • rosh280 on October 17, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Ashok dinda, umesh yadav had been given lot of chances in indian team recently. the problem with them is that they give away lot of runs and not getting wickets. they are not attacking bowlers. Remember they had won against the weak southside. they dont have murali vijay,manish pandey,s badri,aswin,abhinav mukund, stuart binny, robin uttappa. it is really a weak side played in duleep trophy. east side had all the players for action.

  • CricketMaan on October 17, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    is it fair to say Dinda danced on south batters or was it the case where South was chasing for victory?

  • indian_fight on October 17, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Dinda should get chance in atleast one test match.He deserves it after so many good performance throughout last few years.Rohit sharma is getting so many chances ,tiwary sitting idle.like sharma every one should get extended run to prove themselves.

  • wolf777 on October 17, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Both keepers are Gautam and were out caught by Gautam…Fummy…

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  • wolf777 on October 17, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Both keepers are Gautam and were out caught by Gautam…Fummy…

  • indian_fight on October 17, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Dinda should get chance in atleast one test match.He deserves it after so many good performance throughout last few years.Rohit sharma is getting so many chances ,tiwary sitting idle.like sharma every one should get extended run to prove themselves.

  • CricketMaan on October 17, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    is it fair to say Dinda danced on south batters or was it the case where South was chasing for victory?

  • rosh280 on October 17, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Ashok dinda, umesh yadav had been given lot of chances in indian team recently. the problem with them is that they give away lot of runs and not getting wickets. they are not attacking bowlers. Remember they had won against the weak southside. they dont have murali vijay,manish pandey,s badri,aswin,abhinav mukund, stuart binny, robin uttappa. it is really a weak side played in duleep trophy. east side had all the players for action.

  • Fan_of_bengal on October 17, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    I will be happier if selectors dont pick Dinda for the England series. After all playing for Bengal in the Ranji trophy is much better for him rather than sitting on the bench for the national team.

  • jimbond on October 17, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    There is something wrong somewhere- either the pitch, or the scheduling, or something else. Here in the toughest national tournament, it is becoming difficult to distinguish good from average, from trash. People who score hundreds or take five for's end up becoming spectators against proper cricketing sides. This system will continue to throw up people like Vijay, Dinda etc who are useless elsewhere. We have a Manoj Tiwari who is clueless against shortpitched bowling, and a RG Sharma who lets ball easily between his pads. And the ones who seem to be okay at first appearance- such as Pujara, Rahane, Badrinath, seem to struggle to get into teams. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar will himself admit that he is no batsman, but these guys were struggling to get him out. And people like Praveen Kumar and Irfan Pathan who swing the ball a long way, find themselves out of teams selected for seaming conditions abroad. Something bold has to be done to save Indian cricket.

  • on October 17, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    One of south zone's worst performances. This is what happens when just two states fill up the team. When it is a zonal tournament you need a blend of good players from all the states striking the right balance. South's spin department was well below par and the hyped batting failed. A zonal tournament needs to nurture young performers from Ranji. Tried and tested players should stick to their states.

  • 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....

  • 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??

  • 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