Duleep Trophy, Final: North Zone v South Zone at Kochi, Oct 17-21, 2013
Match drawn
17,18,19,20,21 October 2013 (5-day match)
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Mukund and Rahul to open the batting for South Zone. Mohit Sharma with the new ball.

Big News: Gambhir is not playing as he is suffering from fever and flying back to Delhi.

Suku: "I feel that South zone has the edge in this game unless North come up with power pack performance!"

Toss: South Zone won the toss and elected to bat first. Maximum of 30 overs to be bowled in today's play.

Playing XI South Zone: HS Sharath, A Mukund, KL Rahul, B Aparajith, MK Pandey, CM Gautam, KD Karthik, M Rangarajan, A Mithun, PP Ojha, STR Binny.

Playing XI North Zone: Jiwanjot Singh, UBT Chand, ID Singh, Mandeep Singh, V Sehwag, N Saini, R Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, MM Sharma, S Ladda, S Kaul.

2:30pm: Finally we have some news to cheer, umpires inspected the ground for the second time and decided to have the last session on Day 2. Toss at 3:00pm and play starts at 3:30pm.

11:48am: After having a long and close look they decided to have an another inspection after lunch at 2:00pm.

Haridas: "I am from Kochi. There haven't been any rain here at Kochi for the last 36 hours at least. Then I don't know what is preventing this match from starting. On the other hand, if the out field is still wet, then that has to do something with the drainage in the ground. Normally one and half days of full sunshine should be more than enough for the ground to get back to normal conditions. PS : Sun is belting down here at Kochi right now !!"

11:35am: Umpires have come out, still are on the ground and inspecting the outfield, stay tuned for updates.

kartikeya: "Why do not they shift the game to somewhere in Jaipur or Delhi where it is not raining. It is not so far."

9:00am: Good morning everyone. Welcome back to our live coverage of the second day's play of the final of Duleep Trophy. Umpires going to have a check on the conditions after sometime and then decide on the further proceedings. And we continue with the bad news, Hazare and Shastri decides to inspect the ground at 11:30am.

Day 2:

9:00am: Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Duleep Trophy final between North and South Zone. Misery continues, overnight rain at Kochi and we are going to have a delayed start due to wet outfield. Umpires going to inspect the ground at 11:00am.

Meanwhile, you can read our preview for the final which involves some big names like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir among others.

sid gowda: "Toss is going to decide the Duleep Trophy final winner as well?"

11:30am: Shastri and Hazare went through the whole ground and still not happy with the outfield. They will have an another look at 12.

12:08pm: Umpires are still on the ground, however lunch has been called on day 1. We are yet to get an update regarding the start of play. We'll be back as soon as we have anything positive to report, stay tuned.

12:30pm: And here we go, finally umpires decided to call it off for the day.

Day 1:

0.1

Sharma to Mukund, no run, what a way to starts off with! back of a length delivery, pitched on middle and moves away a bit with good amount of bounce, squared Mukund and an outside edge just fall short of the third slip

0.2

Sharma to Mukund, no run, pitched this time around middle and off, Mukund dabs it to down to off side

0.3

Sharma to Mukund, no run, good length delivery, angling away from Mukund. He gets his bat away from the line of the ball and lets it go

0.4

Sharma to Mukund, no run, fuller in length, on middle and leg, punched to mid-off

Round the wicket

0.5

Sharma to Mukund, no run, back of a length, angling back into Mukund, goes back and defends it

AB619cricket: "Good to see young Jwanjot is selected over Gauti..Bhajji is capt and he is playing well till now..If Unmukt Score ton here ithink he will be in good Position for Test Selection.."

0.6

Sharma to Mukund, no run, fuller in length, outside off, leans forward and drives it straight to mid-off

End of over 1 (maiden) South Zone 0/0

    • A Mukund 0 (6b)
    • KL Rahul 0 (0b)
    • MM Sharma 1-1-0-0

Siddarth Kaul from the other end.

1.1

Kaul to Rahul, FOUR, length delivery, straying on the pads, Rahul helps it away to the boundary

Suku: "South has good batting line up. Mukund,DK,Rahul who are ever reliable and Manish,Aparajit fresh from double hundreds in Semifinal. If Sehwag scores well for North, they will get upper hand for sure."

1.2

Kaul to Rahul, no run, back of a length delivery, pitched outside off and holds the line, Rahul leans forward and shoulders arms

1.3

Kaul to Rahul, FOUR, fuller in length, outside off, leans forward and free his arms to drives that between cover and extra cover, nice looking shot!

1.4

Kaul to Rahul, no run, back of a length delivery, pitched outside off, gets behind the line and gets it to gully

waseem ahmed: "Im at the ground. About 300 ppl are in. Everyone been cheering viru but im more excited to see how mukund goes!"

1.5

Kaul to Rahul, no run, back of a length delivery once again, this time on middle and leg, dabs it to point from the crease

1.6

Kaul to Rahul, no run, keeps the same length, around off stump, brings that ball a bit in this time, Rahul defends it off the back foot

End of over 2 (8 runs) South Zone 8/0

    • KL Rahul 8 (6b 2x4)
    • A Mukund 0 (6b)
    • S Kaul 1-0-8-0
    • MM Sharma 1-1-0-0
2.1

Sharma to Mukund, no run, length delivery which kept low, pitched around off stump, draw the batsman on the front foot, inside edge but fall short of the keeper

2.2

Sharma to Mukund, no run, length delivery, angling away from Munkund, he shoulders arms

2.3

Sharma to Mukund, 4 byes, good length delivery, pitched outside off and leaving away from him, kept low once again and just bounce infront of the keeper, missed by him and 4 byes there

2.4

Sharma to Mukund, no run, back of a length, around off stump, Mukund goes back and gets it to mid-on

2.5

Sharma to Mukund, FOUR, fuller in length, pitched outside off, Mukund leans forward and drives it straight down the ground

2.6

Sharma to Mukund, 2 runs, length delivery, down the leg, Mukund gets that behind square leg for couple of runs.

End of over 3 (10 runs) South Zone 18/0

    • A Mukund 6 (12b 1x4)
    • KL Rahul 8 (6b 2x4)
    • MM Sharma 2-1-6-0
    • S Kaul 1-0-8-0
3.1

Kaul to Rahul, no run, back of a length delivery, angling back into him from outside off, Rahul goes back and blocks it to off

3.2

Kaul to Rahul, no run, length delivery, angling back into Rahul, defends it once again

3.3

Kaul to Rahul, 4 leg byes, short pitched delivery, Rahul was a bit late there to duck under it, off the helmet and races away to the boundary

3.4

Kaul to Rahul, no run, back of a length, angling back into him, off the pads to off side

3.5

Kaul to Rahul, no run, length delivery, on middle and off, gets forward and defends it

3.6

Kaul to Rahul, no run, back of a length, on middle and off, gets back quickly and pushed to mid-on

End of over 4 (4 runs, maiden) South Zone 22/0

    • KL Rahul 8 (12b 2x4)
    • A Mukund 6 (12b 1x4)
    • S Kaul 2-1-8-0
    • MM Sharma 2-1-6-0
4.1

Sharma to Mukund, no run, round the wicket, back of a length, angling back into him, gets back and pushed to point

Vivek: "This south team looks familiar like india team in 90's.6 out of 11 are from Karnataka"

4.2

Sharma to Mukund, no run, He keeps the same line and length, Mukund once again pushes it point off the back foot

4.3

Sharma to Mukund, no run, gets in with the angle from outside off, Mukund goes back and pushed back to the bowler

4.4

Sharma to Mukund, no run, back of a length, outside off, Mukund gets it to mid-on

4.5

Sharma to Mukund, no run, length delivery, pitched outside off and holds the line, leans forward and drives it to extra cover

4.6

Sharma to Mukund, no run, length delivery, 127 kph, pitched outside off, Mukund gets forward and blocks it

End of over 5 (maiden) South Zone 22/0

    • A Mukund 6 (18b 1x4)
    • KL Rahul 8 (12b 2x4)
    • MM Sharma 3-2-6-0
    • S Kaul 2-1-8-0
5.1

Kaul to Rahul, no run, lovely! good length delivery, pitched outside off, draw the batsman on the front foot and get that late swing and moves away, got the outside edge is what it looked but it's the bat which hitting the pad. Huge appeal from everywhere, Shastri turns it down

5.2

Kaul to Rahul, no run, back of a length delivery, pitched around off and holds the line, left alone

5.3

Kaul to Rahul, no run, this time he gets that back into Rahul, back of a length delivery, pitched outside off and Rahul strides forward and let it go

5.4

Kaul to Rahul, 1 run, length delivery, on middle and off, goes back and pushed it between cover and extra cover for a single

5.5

Kaul to Mukund, no run, back of length, around off stump channel, Mukund pushed it to mid-on

5.6

Kaul to Mukund, no run, good length delivery, angling away from Mukund, he leaves it alone without any trouble

End of over 6 (1 run) South Zone 23/0

    • A Mukund 6 (20b 1x4)
    • KL Rahul 9 (16b 2x4)
    • S Kaul 3-1-9-0
    • MM Sharma 3-2-6-0
6.1

Sharma to Rahul, OUT, And finally Mohit got his reward. That's a well directed bouncer from the bowler, onto his body, Rahul rocks back and tries to pull it over the square leg region, a bit late onto his shot and a top edge went towards Dhawan, moves a bit to his right and took it comfortably

KL Rahul c Dhawan b Sharma 9 (33m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 52.94

CM Gautam is the new man in.

6.2

Sharma to Gautam, no run, back of a length delivery, pitched outside off and holds the line, batsman shoulders arms

6.3

Sharma to Gautam, no run, once again the same line and length, he gets his bat away from the line and let it go

6.4

Sharma to Gautam, no run, length delivery, 128 kph, pitched on off and straightens, batsman gets it to point

6.5

Sharma to Gautam, FOUR, short of a length, down leg, goes back and pulls it behind square leg and races away to the boundary

waseem ahmed: "Ok im confused. Everyone here at the ground just cheered that wicket for Mohit. Whats going on! Who's the home team here??"

6.6

Sharma to Gautam, no run, back of a length delivery, pitched outside off and moving away from the batsman, he let it go without any trouble

End of over 7 (4 runs) South Zone 27/1

    • CM Gautam 4 (5b 1x4)
    • A Mukund 6 (20b 1x4)
    • MM Sharma 4-2-10-1
    • S Kaul 3-1-9-0
7.1

Kaul to Mukund, 1 bye, wavered! back of a length delivery, pitched outside off and moves away too, keeper can't hold it too

7.2

Kaul to Gautam, no run, length delivery, pitched outside off and just moves away from him, beats the outside edge

7.3

Kaul to Gautam, no run, length delivery, pitched outside off, Gautam leans forward and drives it it off

7.4

Kaul to Gautam, no run, wow! Kaul is getting some away movement, length delivery which was pitched outside off and just miss the outside edge of the batsman

7.5

Kaul to Gautam, no run, good length delivery, pitched outside off and holds the line, batsman shoulders arms

7.6

Kaul to Gautam, FOUR, fuller in length, pitched quite outside off, batsman leans forward and reaches to it, slashes hard and went over the backward point

End of over 8 (5 runs) South Zone 32/1

    • CM Gautam 8 (10b 2x4)
    • A Mukund 6 (21b 1x4)
    • S Kaul 4-1-13-0
    • MM Sharma 4-2-10-1
8.1

Sharma to Mukund, no run, back of a length, outside off, blocks it to off

8.2

Sharma to Mukund, no run, good length delivery, angling away from the batsman, Mukund leans forward and let it go

8.3

Sharma to Mukund, no run, pitched it around off, Mukund gets back and shoulders arms, keeper does the rest

8.4

Sharma to Mukund, 1 run, back of a length, straying on the pads, worked it to deep fine leg

8.5

Sharma to Gautam, no run, length delivery, pitched outside off and straightens, batsman leans forward and get it to backward point

8.6

Sharma to Gautam, no run, back of a length once again, good bounce there around off stump, gets behind the line and blocks it down

End of over 9 (1 run) South Zone 33/1

    • CM Gautam 8 (12b 2x4)
    • A Mukund 7 (25b 1x4)
    • MM Sharma 5-2-11-1
    • S Kaul 4-1-13-0
9.1

Kaul to Mukund, no run, good length delivery, pitched outside off and moving away too, Mukund shoulders arms

9.2

Kaul to Mukund, no run, good length delivery, outside off, Mukund lets it go

Round the wicket.

9.3

Kaul to Mukund, no run, length delivery, angling back into him, outside edge past point

9.4

Kaul to Mukund, OUT, knocked him out! good length delivery, pitched outside off and he gets that back into him. Mukund gets forward and tries to flick it through square leg, kept a bit low and he was a bit early onto it and played it all-around, went through his bat and pad and hit the middle stump

A Mukund b Kaul 7 (51m 29b 1x4 0x6) SR: 24.13

Aparajith is the new man.

9.5

Kaul to Aparajith, no run, short of a length delivery, Aparajith ducks under it

9.6

Kaul to Aparajith, no run, length delivery, angling down the leg, Aparajith pushes it to mid-on

2:42pm: Welcome back, umpires inspected the ground and decided to call it off. Bad weather and poor ground condition finally serves up joint winners of 2013/14 season of Duleep Trophy. It's the fourth instance in the history of Duleep trophy when the title has been shared. Previous instances (West Zone / South Zone, 1963-64), (North Zone / West Zone, 1988-89), (Central Zone / West Zone, 1997-98). It's been a frustrating couple of weeks for the fans, starting from the first semi-final where winner was decided by toss of coin then. In the finals we witnessed only 10 overs in five days, not a pleasant way to end things off for a premier domestic final, yeah not in our hands! But at the same time we must acknowledge the effort made by the ground staff who worked extremely hard and tried their best to clear the water and to dry up the outfield. Thanks for following the game and for your comments. This is Kumar Chandan Duorah signing off, cheers!

North Zone and South Zone declared joint winners.

Day 5: Good morning everyone. Welcome back to our live coverage of the Duleep trophy final between North Zone and South Zone. And we continue with the same old story (Rain/wet outfield), Kochi had a morning shower and start is again delayed, rather will say the inspection. It is scheduled at 2:30pm. In other news Unmukt Chand flies back to Delhi due to dengue fever.

10:20am: Early decision coming out. VB Chandrasekhar had a talk with Shastri and Hazare and they decided to call it off for the day. Covers are still there and lot of water on it, sluggish and it's too wet that it's not going to dried up by the end of the day also. Sun is not beating hard and overcast conditions finally ends day 4 too without a ball bowled. As of now 350 overs been lost and we have a day to play. Umpires will decide the use of reserve day based on the conditions tomorrow. We are going to have a 15 minutes early start on day 5. Till then take care, bye!

9:02am: It's day 4 of the Duleep Trophy final and no good news to share with you guys. Overnight shower there in Kochi and again start is delayed to out wetfield. Umpires decided to inspect the ground at 12:00pm.

ian jones: "it seems amazing that such an important domestic match is played at a stadium, with no proper drainage system and not enough covers. Did it not occur to the authorities to bring in extra covers after what happened at last weeks match. Also one could question the choice of venue, given that the rains affect this area at this time of year"

SAHEED P P : "This is absolutely stupid things to have a four day mach in Kochi during this southwest monsoon season ! Even a long and sparse weather forecast give you rain in Kochi during this time !"

2:47pm: The outfield looks quite damp and groundsmen still on work. Hazare with Shastri and Pathak had a good look of it and decides to call it off for the day and that's stumps on Day 3 without a ball bowled.

Ratul: "I live in Kochi. Yesterday there was heavy shower in the evening for about 40 minutes and a bit of rain in the night. But it has been sunny since morning today. Yesterday as well it was sunny for the whole day. Don't know what is the ground made of."

12:30pm: Welcome back, the umpires have come out and made an inspection. They have decided to have an another look after the lunch at 2:30pm. The groundsmen are working hard to dry up the outfield, the heavy roller is on too. There was a heavy shower last evening which has affected the outfield a lot.

Day3: Good morning everyone. Welcome back to our live coverage of the third day's play. Once again the start has been delayed to wet outfield and an inspection is scheduled at 12:00pm.

Rishi Dhawan replacing Mohit Sharma. However umpire stopped him to check the light. And that's it, players are walking back to the pavilion due to bad light. Umpires decided to call it off for the day and it's stumps on day 2.

End of over 10 (wicket maiden) South Zone 33/2

    • B Aparajith 0 (2b)
    • CM Gautam 8 (12b 2x4)
    • S Kaul 5-2-13-1
    • MM Sharma 5-2-11-1
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