Central Zone v East Zone, Duleep Trophy quarter-final, 2nd day January 20, 2010

Kaif and Parvinder power Central Zone

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Central Zone 367 for 5 (Kaif 148*, Parvinder 113, Raina 98) against East Zone

On another day when bad light held up play for nearly an entire session, centuries from the Uttar Pradesh pair of Mohammad Kaif and Parvinder Singh put Central Zone in a strong position against East Zone in Amritsar.

East struck soon after play started after a two-hour delay, Ranadeb Bose picking up his 300th first-class wicket when he bowled Suresh Raina two short of a hundred. There wasn't much joy for East after that as Kaif and Parvinder stitched together a 184-run partnership for the fourth wicket. As in his partnership with Raina on Tuesday, Kaif was the more watchful one, while Parvinder was more adventurous, hitting 13 fours and a couple of sixes in his 113.

Parvinder's innings continues his successful season - four of his five career first-class centuries have come in 2009-10. Kaif, meanwhile, crossed a career milestone, reaching 7000 first-class runs when on 75. East were unable to prise out a wicket till just before stumps, when Ashok Dinda bowled Parvinder.