North Zone v West Zone, Duleep Trophy, Dharmasala February 28, 2004

West Zone manage only 172

Wisden Cricinfo staff

North Zone 279 (Dharmani 73, Powar 4-62) and 17 for 1 lead West Zone 172 (Mane 54, Mongia 3-13) by 124 runs

North Zone gained the advantage against West Zone at Dharmasala, and gave themselves a great chance of qualifying for the final at Mohali. After managing to post 279, thanks to a valuable contribution from Sarandeep Singh (42 off 38), the North bowlers did their bit.

West were bowled out for a paltry 172, and barring Vinayak Mane, who made a patient 54, none of the others passed 25. Amit Bhandari, the medium-pacer, had a good day with the ball with 3 for 50, while Dinesh Mongia, with his left-arm spin, ended with fine figures of 3 for 13. The North batsmen had to negotiate nine overs before stumps and Aakash Chopra fell early for just 2 as he was bowled by Munaf Patel. However North lead by 124 and held all the aces at the end of the second day.