Duleep Trophy, Final: North Zone v West Zone at Mumbai, Feb 19-22, 2008
North Zone won by 6 wickets
19,20,21,22 February 2008 (5-day match)
  West Zone 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal SO Kukreja b Mishra 28 143 92 3 0 30.43
30.6 Gone! cleaned up! Flighted delivery, just outside off stump, hint of turn and Sahil jabs at it, the bat comes outside the line, gets an inside-edge and runs on to the off stump 122/2
View dismissal W Jaffer c †Kaul b Singh 23 42 32 5 0 71.87
8.4 finally a wicket. And it is Jaffer who has the fatal flirt. It landed on a length, outside off and held its line. An unsure Jaffer hung his bat out and feathered a edge behind. They have been bowling well but it appeared that the batsmen have seen off the worst times when VRV breaks through. Now, game on. Let's see how the new batsmen face up to the moving cherry. 34/1
View dismissal AM Rahane lbw b Malik 91 161 112 18 0 81.25
45.1 Reverse swing does Rahane in! What a gem of a knock it has been, though. It was full and came in late in the air, Rahane pushed across and before the bat comes around the pad the ball struck him in front of middle and leg. It would have taken out leg stump, only doubt was it looked a touch high. We have no hawk eye here, may be ... just may be it would have gone over. Fab knock. 170/5
View dismissal PA Patel*† c †Kaul b Singh 1 12 4 0 0 25.00
33.1 Parthiv is gone. Huge wicket. He doesn't look too happy though. It kicked from a length, Parthiv stabbed at it and the ball went close to the outside edge. The bowler and the 'keeper were absolutely sure that it was out. They didn't even appeal too vociferously and up went the umpire's finger. Parthiv stalled a brief while before walking off. No replays yet to confirm Parthiv's doubts or the bowler's conviction. If there is, i will let you know. 139/3
View dismissal CA Pujara b Singh 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
33.2 What a screaming yorker from VRV! A peach of a delivery to face up. Poor Cheteshwar Pujara. It was hurled in full, Pujara shaped to jab it away but it swung away late too - too good for the batsman on a duck and it took out the middle stump. North have roared back into the game 139/4
View dismissal RK Solanki c Manhas b Singh 38 117 81 6 0 46.91
61.1 done in by the sharp bouncer. VRV's golden day continues. It was banged in short, at the body and Solanki, who was troubled through the day by the extra bounce of VRV, fended at it in an ungainly manner and lobbed a easy catch to the man who ran in from covers. 238/7
View dismissal YK Pathan c Singh b Mishra 27 37 26 4 0 103.84
52.4 flighted outside leg, Pathan gives him the charge, goes for the loft over the on side but fails to get the desired elevation. He ends up hitting low to VRV Singh at mid-on who dives forward and claims the catch 217/6
RV Dhurv not out 20 70 48 4 0 41.66
View dismissal SP Jobanputra c Chopra b Singh 6 11 9 1 0 66.66
63.4 sharp catch by Chopra at third slip. Full and outside off, Jobanputra had a wild swing and it flew chest-high to Chopra. VRV gets a five-for in the Duleep Trophy final. 247/8
View dismissal AM Makda run out (Malik) 14 17 14 3 0 100.00
66.2 from Bhatia, appeal for stumping. Referred to third umpire. It was a googly and he came down the track, had a big swing and a miss but managed to get his bat down in time. 270/9
66.3 from Bhatia, run out! Makda steers a delivery just outside off to right of backward point and the throw from Malik comes in quick. He was sent back by Dhruv but couldn't make it back in time. 270/9
View dismissal SK Trivedi c Manhas b Mishra 0 6 5 0 0 0.00
68.2 That's it, West Zone have been bowled out for 274. Flighted delivery, on the middle stump, Trivedi has a wild slog across the line but can only edge it to covers. 274/10
Extras (lb 11, w 1, nb 14) 26
  Total (all out; 68.2 overs; 313 mins) 274 (4.00 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
View wickets VRV Singh 20 4 91 5 4.55 (8nb, 1w)
8.4 to Jaffer, finally a wicket. And it is Jaffer who has the fatal flirt. It landed on a length, outside off and held its line. An unsure Jaffer hung his bat out and feathered a edge behind. They have been bowling well but it appeared that the batsmen have seen off the worst times when VRV breaks through. Now, game on. Let's see how the new batsmen face up to the moving cherry. 34/1
33.1 to Patel, Parthiv is gone. Huge wicket. He doesn't look too happy though. It kicked from a length, Parthiv stabbed at it and the ball went close to the outside edge. The bowler and the 'keeper were absolutely sure that it was out. They didn't even appeal too vociferously and up went the umpire's finger. Parthiv stalled a brief while before walking off. No replays yet to confirm Parthiv's doubts or the bowler's conviction. If there is, i will let you know. 139/3
33.2 to Pujara, What a screaming yorker from VRV! A peach of a delivery to face up. Poor Cheteshwar Pujara. It was hurled in full, Pujara shaped to jab it away but it swung away late too - too good for the batsman on a duck and it took out the middle stump. North have roared back into the game 139/4
61.1 to Solanki, done in by the sharp bouncer. VRV's golden day continues. It was banged in short, at the body and Solanki, who was troubled through the day by the extra bounce of VRV, fended at it in an ungainly manner and lobbed a easy catch to the man who ran in from covers. 238/7
63.4 to Jobanputra, sharp catch by Chopra at third slip. Full and outside off, Jobanputra had a wild swing and it flew chest-high to Chopra. VRV gets a five-for in the Duleep Trophy final. 247/8
View wicket VS Malik 13 3 32 1 2.46 (4nb)
45.1 to Rahane, Reverse swing does Rahane in! What a gem of a knock it has been, though. It was full and came in late in the air, Rahane pushed across and before the bat comes around the pad the ball struck him in front of middle and leg. It would have taken out leg stump, only doubt was it looked a touch high. We have no hawk eye here, may be ... just may be it would have gone over. Fab knock. 170/5
  AK Thakur 12 1 49 0 4.08
  R Bhatia 6 1 34 0 5.66 (1nb)
View wickets A Mishra 17.2 6 57 3 3.28 (1nb)
30.6 to Kukreja, Gone! cleaned up! Flighted delivery, just outside off stump, hint of turn and Sahil jabs at it, the bat comes outside the line, gets an inside-edge and runs on to the off stump 122/2
52.4 to Pathan, flighted outside leg, Pathan gives him the charge, goes for the loft over the on side but fails to get the desired elevation. He ends up hitting low to VRV Singh at mid-on who dives forward and claims the catch 217/6
68.2 to Trivedi, That's it, West Zone have been bowled out for 274. Flighted delivery, on the middle stump, Trivedi has a wild slog across the line but can only edge it to covers. 274/10
  North Zone 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal A Chopra c Pujara b Trivedi 35 67 51 6 0 68.62
16.1 What a start! Trivedi removes Chopra first ball! It landed on a length, just outside the off stump and shaped away a touch. Chopra, on the walk, pushes at it and the outside edge is snapped up in the third slip. He batted so well yesterday but gone first ball today. 53/1
View dismissal S Dhawan b Trivedi 30 105 76 6 0 39.47
26.3 Trivedi is on a roll and North are tottering here. This one kicks up from just a length and it shapes in a touch. Dhawan shapes to cut but is cramped up as the ball comes in and also beaten by the extra bounce. He gets a inside edge that takes the ball on to the off stump 88/3
View dismissal K Goel c †Patel b Trivedi 0 2 3 0 0 0.00
16.4 What did they have for breakfast? Trivedi strikes again and West have roared back into the game. This one again shapes away from the left-hander Goel who has a fatal poke at it. 53/2
View dismissal M Manhas* c †Patel b Trivedi 26 55 36 5 0 72.22
28.1 Trivedi on a demolition job here. What a morning he has had. Another key wicket. Manhas gone. teasing line outside off stump and Manhas lunges forward but the ball curves away, taking a bit of outside edge along with it 97/4
View dismissal Yashpal Singh c Jobanputra b Dhurv 59 190 125 9 0 47.20
69.6 And that outside-leg theory works! Yashpal comes out of the track and tries to drive inside-out but can only send it towards mid-off where Jobanputra jumps up to take the catch. They kept padding Dhruv away for two overs but suddenly this over, they started to play at those outside-leg deliveries and have lost a wicket 225/5
View dismissal R Bhatia c Makda b Trivedi 84 234 159 9 1 52.83
82.6 Bhatia finally falls after a gritty fighting knock. They still trail by three. Another wicket for Trivedi. It was banged in short and Bhatia top-edged his pull to fine leg 271/8
View dismissal U Kaul c †Patel b Dhurv 15 23 21 2 0 71.42
75.5 And one more down. Outside off stump and Kaul goes for a cut and feathers an edge to Parthiv. Kaul, though, doesn't look too happy. There was a noise though. North trail by 25 runs 249/6
View dismissal A Mishra c †Patel b Trivedi 15 20 23 3 0 65.21
80.5 Trivedi gets a five-for. Mishra succumbs. Full and swinging away and Mishra chases it. North trail by 6 runs 268/7
View dismissal VS Malik c †Patel b Jobanputra 3 15 9 0 0 33.33
83.6 Jobanputra gets his first wicket and North lose their ninth. Full and outside off induces another loose drive and Patel snaps him up. 274/9
AK Thakur not out 33 73 57 4 0 57.89
View dismissal VRV Singh st †Patel b Dhurv 33 67 41 4 1 80.48
99.6 and he is stumped. He just didn't try to get back; he must have thought his back foot was in . He had lunged forward and dragged his back foot out and PAtel whipped the bails off . The last wicket partnership was 66 and that's North's lead too. 340/10
Extras (lb 4, w 3) 7
  Total (all out; 100 overs; 435 mins) 340 (3.40 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
View wickets SK Trivedi 27 6 67 6 2.48 (1w)
16.1 to Chopra, What a start! Trivedi removes Chopra first ball! It landed on a length, just outside the off stump and shaped away a touch. Chopra, on the walk, pushes at it and the outside edge is snapped up in the third slip. He batted so well yesterday but gone first ball today. 53/1
16.4 to Goel, What did they have for breakfast? Trivedi strikes again and West have roared back into the game. This one again shapes away from the left-hander Goel who has a fatal poke at it. 53/2
26.3 to Dhawan, Trivedi is on a roll and North are tottering here. This one kicks up from just a length and it shapes in a touch. Dhawan shapes to cut but is cramped up as the ball comes in and also beaten by the extra bounce. He gets a inside edge that takes the ball on to the off stump 88/3
28.1 to Manhas, Trivedi on a demolition job here. What a morning he has had. Another key wicket. Manhas gone. teasing line outside off stump and Manhas lunges forward but the ball curves away, taking a bit of outside edge along with it 97/4
80.5 to Mishra, Trivedi gets a five-for. Mishra succumbs. Full and swinging away and Mishra chases it. North trail by 6 runs 268/7
82.6 to Bhatia, Bhatia finally falls after a gritty fighting knock. They still trail by three. Another wicket for Trivedi. It was banged in short and Bhatia top-edged his pull to fine leg 271/8
  AM Makda 17 6 55 0 3.23
  YK Pathan 12 0 54 0 4.50
View wickets RV Dhurv 24 3 87 3 3.62
69.6 to Yashpal Singh, And that outside-leg theory works! Yashpal comes out of the track and tries to drive inside-out but can only send it towards mid-off where Jobanputra jumps up to take the catch. They kept padding Dhruv away for two overs but suddenly this over, they started to play at those outside-leg deliveries and have lost a wicket 225/5
75.5 to Kaul, And one more down. Outside off stump and Kaul goes for a cut and feathers an edge to Parthiv. Kaul, though, doesn't look too happy. There was a noise though. North trail by 25 runs 249/6
99.6 to Singh, and he is stumped. He just didn't try to get back; he must have thought his back foot was in . He had lunged forward and dragged his back foot out and PAtel whipped the bails off . The last wicket partnership was 66 and that's North's lead too. 340/10
View wicket SP Jobanputra 20 4 73 1 3.65 (2w)
83.6 to Malik, Jobanputra gets his first wicket and North lose their ninth. Full and outside off induces another loose drive and Patel snaps him up. 274/9
  West Zone 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal SO Kukreja c †Kaul b Singh 4 12 11 1 0 36.36
2.3 VRV makes a early breakthrough. After slipping in two deliveries on the legs, he got this one full and just outside off and Sahil nicked a loose drive behind. The quality of the batting in the game, barring Rahane and Chopra, to an extent, has been pretty ordinary. Yes. Rajat Bhatia and Yashpal did put up a gritty partnership but the batsmanship left lots to be desired. Bhatia was still ok but .. the rest were pretty average. 7/1
View dismissal W Jaffer b Thakur 23 72 49 4 0 46.93
15.2 timber.... Thakur pitches it on a good length on off stump and gets it to straighten, Jaffer gets forward half heartedly and fails to cover the line as the ball creeps between bat and pad and clips the off stump, the bails go for a spin 56/2
View dismissal AM Rahane lbw b Singh 43 122 73 6 0 58.90
27.3 Rahane has been given out lbw. Looked high. It cut in from just a length, beat the defensive poke and hit him high on the thigh pad. It was in front but would have gone over. 108/5
View dismissal PA Patel*† c Goel b Malik 3 16 13 0 0 23.07
18.2 and Patel is gone. Lovely delivery from Malik. It kicked up from a length and also, moved away sharply, taking the outside edge of the jab and straight to first slip 66/3
View dismissal CA Pujara b Malik 0 11 9 0 0 0.00
20.5 cleaned up! Cracker of a inswinger, full and moving and Pujara plays an expansive off drive, the bat goes outside the line and the ball dips in to crash into the middle stump. The previous one didn't come in as much but to the horror of Pujara, this one curved in appreciably. The middle stump went on a walk. 70/4
View dismissal YK Pathan c sub (P Dogra) b Mishra 61 82 51 10 0 119.60
38.1 caught at short fine leg! Mishra flights it outside leg and Yusuf went for his fav sweep shot but gets a top edge. Yusuf falls after a brisk 61. This is a big wicket and North can now get into the tail 167/6
View dismissal RK Solanki c Dhawan b Singh 33 130 78 3 0 42.30
57.5 caught at wide third man. Banged in short and outside off, he went for the slash cut but hit it straight to Dhawan 222/7
View dismissal RV Dhurv c Mishra b Singh 41 92 84 7 0 48.80
59.6 And North need 166 to win. VRV takes a five-for. Again. Short of length and Dhurv top edged his swipe to mid-on. 5 for 91 in the first and 5 for 86 in the second for VRV. 231/10
View dismissal SP Jobanputra c Goel b Singh 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
57.6 two in two. He kicks it up from a length, outside off stump and Jolly has a poke at it. Fatal. Edged to slips. 222/8
View dismissal AM Makda c Goel b Bhatia 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
58.3 North are rolling over West here. Full in length, outside off stump and he pushed hard at it and flew low to left of gully where Karan Goel takes a neat diving catch 227/9
SK Trivedi not out 0 6 3 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 2, lb 8, nb 13) 23
  Total (all out; 60 overs; 277 mins) 231 (3.85 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
View wickets VRV Singh 18 0 86 5 4.77 (4nb)
2.3 to Kukreja, VRV makes a early breakthrough. After slipping in two deliveries on the legs, he got this one full and just outside off and Sahil nicked a loose drive behind. The quality of the batting in the game, barring Rahane and Chopra, to an extent, has been pretty ordinary. Yes. Rajat Bhatia and Yashpal did put up a gritty partnership but the batsmanship left lots to be desired. Bhatia was still ok but .. the rest were pretty average. 7/1
27.3 to Rahane, Rahane has been given out lbw. Looked high. It cut in from just a length, beat the defensive poke and hit him high on the thigh pad. It was in front but would have gone over. 108/5
57.5 to Solanki, caught at wide third man. Banged in short and outside off, he went for the slash cut but hit it straight to Dhawan 222/7
57.6 to Jobanputra, two in two. He kicks it up from a length, outside off stump and Jolly has a poke at it. Fatal. Edged to slips. 222/8
59.6 to Dhurv, And North need 166 to win. VRV takes a five-for. Again. Short of length and Dhurv top edged his swipe to mid-on. 5 for 91 in the first and 5 for 86 in the second for VRV. 231/10
View wickets VS Malik 14 3 62 2 4.42 (5nb)
18.2 to Patel, and Patel is gone. Lovely delivery from Malik. It kicked up from a length and also, moved away sharply, taking the outside edge of the jab and straight to first slip 66/3
20.5 to Pujara, cleaned up! Cracker of a inswinger, full and moving and Pujara plays an expansive off drive, the bat goes outside the line and the ball dips in to crash into the middle stump. The previous one didn't come in as much but to the horror of Pujara, this one curved in appreciably. The middle stump went on a walk. 70/4
View wicket AK Thakur 11 3 21 1 1.90 (3nb)
15.2 to Jaffer, timber.... Thakur pitches it on a good length on off stump and gets it to straighten, Jaffer gets forward half heartedly and fails to cover the line as the ball creeps between bat and pad and clips the off stump, the bails go for a spin 56/2
View wicket A Mishra 15 2 45 1 3.00 (1nb)
38.1 to Pathan, caught at short fine leg! Mishra flights it outside leg and Yusuf went for his fav sweep shot but gets a top edge. Yusuf falls after a brisk 61. This is a big wicket and North can now get into the tail 167/6
View wicket R Bhatia 2 0 7 1 3.50
58.3 to Makda, North are rolling over West here. Full in length, outside off stump and he pushed hard at it and flew low to left of gully where Karan Goel takes a neat diving catch 227/9
  North Zone 2nd innings (target: 166 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal A Chopra lbw b Trivedi 12 28 22 2 0 54.54
6.3 gone lbw. Chopra is not happy and walks off shaking his head. It landed on a length, around off and came in, Chopra, is caught on the sideways shuffle, and is hit in front on the knee roll. Did he get an inside edge? Hmm... There was a noise. 28/1
S Dhawan not out 94 274 160 13 1 58.75
View dismissal K Goel c †Patel b Makda 1 14 8 0 0 12.50
9.3 Makda strikes in his first over. Probing line outside off and the shuffling Goel flirts. Gone! Caught behind. He never looked 'in'. 39/2
View dismissal M Manhas* c Jaffer b Trivedi 1 3 4 0 0 25.00
10.1 third wicket goes down and West are in the game. It was a length delivery that held its line and had Manhas pushing hard at it and the resultant edge was snapped up low at second slip 40/3
View dismissal Yashpal Singh c Rahane b Makda 15 136 91 3 0 16.48
39.3 now that ends the long stay of Yashpal, as out of character he flays at a ball wide outside the off stump to point where Rahane takes the sitter. Solid blow this for North. My Co-scorer, Raymond jumped up with glee as he saw the catch being completed 103/4
R Bhatia not out 33 89 68 5 0 48.52
Extras (lb 1, w 5, nb 4) 10
  Total (4 wickets; 58.1 overs; 274 mins) 166 (2.85 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
View wickets SK Trivedi 20 11 42 2 2.10
6.3 to Chopra, gone lbw. Chopra is not happy and walks off shaking his head. It landed on a length, around off and came in, Chopra, is caught on the sideways shuffle, and is hit in front on the knee roll. Did he get an inside edge? Hmm... There was a noise. 28/1
10.1 to Manhas, third wicket goes down and West are in the game. It was a length delivery that held its line and had Manhas pushing hard at it and the resultant edge was snapped up low at second slip 40/3
  SP Jobanputra 18 5 51 0 2.83 (3nb)
View wickets AM Makda 18.1 4 59 2 3.24 (1nb)
9.3 to Goel, Makda strikes in his first over. Probing line outside off and the shuffling Goel flirts. Gone! Caught behind. He never looked 'in'. 39/2
39.3 to Yashpal Singh, now that ends the long stay of Yashpal, as out of character he flays at a ball wide outside the off stump to point where Rahane takes the sitter. Solid blow this for North. My Co-scorer, Raymond jumped up with glee as he saw the catch being completed 103/4
  RV Dhurv 2 0 13 0 6.50 (1w)

Match details


Toss - North Zone, who chose to field
Series - North Zone won the 2007/08 Duleep Trophy
Umpires - AV Jayaprakash and SJ Phadkar
TV umpire - VD Nerurkar
Match referee - D Vasu
Close of play
  • Tue, 19 Feb - day 1 - North Zone 1st innings 53/0 (A Chopra 35*, S Dhawan 17*, 16 ov)
  • Wed, 20 Feb - day 2 - West Zone 2nd innings 2/0 (SO Kukreja 0*, W Jaffer 0*, 2 ov)
  • Thu, 21 Feb - day 3 - North Zone 2nd innings 74/3 (S Dhawan 44*, Yashpal Singh 15*, 26 ov)
  • Fri, 22 Feb - day 4 - North Zone 2nd innings 166/4 (58.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


General
    • North Zone innings: 1x7 ball over (43rd over, SP Jobanputra 9th over)
 
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