Central Zone v East Zone, Duleep Trophy final, Indore, 3rd day

East Zone secure maiden Duleep title

The Report by Abhishek Purohit in Indore

February 14, 2012

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East Zone 370 (Saha 170, Majumdar 52) beat Central Zone 133 (Dinda 4-29, Ahmed 4-73) and 217 (Ahmed 4-50) by an innings and 20 runs
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Wriddhiman Saha shows off the Duleep Trophy after East Zone's victory, Duleep Trophy, Central Zone v East Zone, Indore, 3rd day, February 14, 2012
Wriddhiman Saha flayed the Central Zone medium-pacers during his 170 © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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Players/Officials: Ashok Dinda | Mohammed Shami
Series/Tournaments: Duleep Trophy | Indian Domestic Season
Teams: India

East Zone surged to their maiden Duleep Trophy title in less than eight sessions in Indore, their fast bowlers ripping through a spineless Central Zone line-up with a succession of short deliveries. Despite trailing by 237 runs after the first innings in a five-day game, Central tried to pull and hook their way out of trouble, but only managed to top-edge catches.

Central Zone had caved in for 133 in the first innings. Take out the opening partnership of 79, and they managed 138 in the second - they were minus opener Vineet Saxena, who wasn't able to bat after fracturing a finger. The Holkar Stadium pitch had eased out on day two going by the way Wriddhiman Saha had flayed the Central Zone medium-pacers for 170. But Shami Ahmed and Ashok Dinda showed that there was still help from the surface for those who had the ability and the intent to extract it.

Bengal fast bowler Shami was outstanding, consistently getting bounce and zip from just short of a good length. Dinda, whether he was running in during his first over or his 25th, leapt into his delivery stride with the same effort to end the first-class season with a staggering 59 wickets.

The only sore point in an otherwise dominant performance was East Zone's slip catching. Shami alone had at least a couple of catches put down and at one point shrieked at his blundering team-mates in frustration, "Ye kya kar rahey ho yaar?" (What are you guys doing?). It also led a spectator to wryly shout, "Catch pakad bhi liya karo" (You should hold your catches at times as well).

Central Zone, though, were in no mood to put up any sort of fight, despite national selector Narendra Hirwani's presence. Central Zone began the day trailing by 189, and had to go for quick runs if they were to come back into the game. Saha had said yesterday that East Zone would look for wickets in the first session on day three, and their fast bowlers were relentless in that quest today. That Naman Ojha and Jalaj Saxena were able to last for almost nine overs today was down more to their good fortune than their survival skills.

Jalaj had resisted through a mix of inside edges, slashes, slogs and lofted shots. On 46, he steered Dinda straight to gully, where Shahbaz Nadeem juggled and put down the catch. Two balls later, Dinda produced a searing bouncer, Jalaj went for the hook, but could only top-edge to fine leg. It was to become a pattern.

Before that, though, Shami served more notice of his ability to get the ball to rear from just short of a length. Ojha could only fend the snorter to Saha. Mohammad Kaif, who is usually a jittery starter, seemed like getting out at any moment, edging through the cordon a couple of times. He chose to pull a short Shami ball from outside off stump, and fine leg was in business again.

The Ranji Trophy's highest run-getter, Robin Bist, fluffed another opportunity to push his case at the zonal level. Dinda sent one at his throat, Bist hooked, and Saha ran behind square leg to take the offering. The bouncers to the batsmen before him made Parvinder Singh try to play even a good length Shami delivery from the crease, only to be trapped plumb in front. Parvinder fell off the last ball before lunch, and the talk during the break was about how soon the innings-defeat would arrive.

It arrived just over an hour into the second session. If the specialist batsmen had not held back on the pull, there was no question of Piyush Chawla doing so. Another bouncer. Another top-edge to fine leg. Another tame dismissal.

Mohnish Mishra played some big strokes during his 44, but he was put down three times in the cordon - two of the chances were straightforward. Anustup Majumdar finally held on to a chance to end Mishra's stay and give Dinda his third wicket.

The end came soon with TP Sudhindra holing out to deep midwicket, setting off celebrations among the East Zone players, who took back all six stumps as mementos. Three wins in three games, two of them outright. No longer were they pushovers in the Duleep Trophy.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (February 15, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

With 3 of the East Zone teams in the Ranji Plate League and 2 of the teams in the Elite league this season and Orissa also relegated next season to plate league, East has proved that the combination of best players from the weaker teams can post a good challenge to the top level teams.Even though Ranji Trophy opens up opportunities, Duleep trophy can make it more meaningful by giving the best talent showcase their talent against the best talent from other zones. Though Saha's knock made the difference between the two teams, it was the performance of bowlers which was evident from all the zones. When one bowler got injured in both teams, another bowler from both the teams were able to show their talent and prove their worth which was evident from Shami Ahmed's performance. If the BCCI wants to utilise the best talent it can best do by increasing the number of duleep trophy matches and reduce the number of Ranji Trophy matches by splitting the elite division into 3 groups instead of 2.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

Congratulations East. It is high time now to look at these players again. Look at Manoj Tiwary sitting idle on the bench in Australia despite repeated failures by Rohit Sharma, Raina and I am not sure what contribution Jadeja is making !! Manoj's contribution was excellent in Ranji and missed out on a lot of matches by staying on the bench. !! Manoj can bowl too.

Posted by praful_cric on (February 15, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

Good performance by East. Nice to see some results coming in domestic finals.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Congratulations East,,keep it up

Posted by   on (February 14, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

I completely agree with you prasanna,,,,,,we need a bench strength of fast bowlers. We also need a system to nurture and harness young promising fast bowlers and ensure that they are taken care of especially after injuries so that they maintain their pace. Fast bowlers are match winners …fast bowlers win you test matches period.

Posted by YorBanra on (February 14, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

Congratulations East! Well done! Have showed you are the best with comprehensive victories over all comers! Wriddhi, Dinda, Anustup and Shami should be in the Indian team. Selectors pl. note.

Posted by squarepeg on (February 14, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

Dinda and Saha have done enough to get a serious chance at the senior-most level. Saha in particular, has improved by leaps and bounds. Dinda should spend some time in English county cricket rather than in the NCA; that place often destroys bowlers by trying to change them too much.

Posted by prasanna_79 on (February 14, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

SO HAPPY TO HEAR THAT SO MANY YOUNG FAST BOWLERS ARE COMING THROUGH FROM OUR FIRST CLASS SETUP.NOW THE NEXT LOGICAL STEP WOULD BE ,TO ASSEMBLE THEM AT NCA,WORK ON THEIR SKILLS,PROVIDE THEM WITH YEAR LONG FITNESS PROGRAMS ,PROVIDE THEM WITH PROPER TRAINING PROGRAMS AND FITNESS REGIMES TO DEVELOP THEIR CORE MUSCLES & WEAK POINTS, PREPARE A DIET FOR EACH ONE OF THEM ACCORDING TO THEIR PHYSIQUE..,MAKE THEM PLAY COUNTY CRICKET(NOT T20) ATLEAST FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS..THE BCCI NEED TO TAKE EACH OF THESE STEPS FOR US TO HAVE A WORLD CLASS PACE BOWLING ATTACK WHICH WOULD ENABLE US WIN MORE TEST MATCHES ABROAD AND BE WORLD BEATERS..JAI HIND..!!

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