January 12, 2001

West Zone struggle on second day

Staff Reporter

West Zone proceeded cautiously to end the second day on 174 for 5 off 76 overs against North Zone as heavy fog prevented play till the afternoon for the second day running in their Duleep Trophy match at the Punjab CA ground in Mohali on Friday.

Resuming at 67 for 1, Hrishikesh Kanitkar (61) and Wasim Jaffer (39) took the score to 100. Jaffer was the first to return to the pavilion, caught by A Chopra off Aashish Nehra in 45th over of the innings. Jacob Martin (17) then joined Kanitkar and the two took the score to 155. Martin was the next to go, trapped leg before by RS Sodhi off the second ball of the 61st over.

Five balls later Kanitkar followed Martin to the pavilion. By the time he fell to a catch by Chopra off Surendra Singh, Kanitkar had been at the crease for 227 minutes and faced 145 balls and hit ten fours. New batsman Abijeet Kale battled for well over an hour to score just six runs off 41 balls. Kale fell just before stumps, for a catch by Pankaj Dharmani off Aasish Nehra. Niraj Patel (11) then accompanied his skipper Nayan Mongia (1) back to the pavilion at the end of the day.