North Zone v Central Zone, Gurgaon, 3rd day February 24, 2004

North Zone on course to easy victory

Wisden Cricinfo staff

North Zone 249 and 2 for 0 need another 115 to beat Central Zone 154 and 211 (Saxena 51)

The North Zone bowlers gave their team a great chance of posting an outright victory over Central Zone in Gurgaon. Having conceded a vital 95-run lead, Central Zone managed only 211 when they batted again a set North a simple target of 117. Barring Vineet Saxena, who compiled a dogged 51, none of the batsmen managed a sizeable score. Wickets fell at regular intervals and 211 was all that they managed. Amit Bhandari, Gagandeep Singh and Joginder Sharma - the three medium-pacers - picked up three wickets each and put North on course to winning their opening game. The North Zone openers, Aakash Chopra and Gautam Gambhir, had to face only one over before stumps were drawn.