Central Zone v Bangladesh, Duleep Trophy 2004-05, 1st day March 1, 2005

Abbas Ali and Bundela put Central in control

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Central Zone 248 for 3(Abbas Ali 122, Bundela 83) v Bangladesh Cricket Board XI

Syed Abbas Ali brought up his 12th first-class hundred to take Central Zone to a comfortable position on the first day of the Duleep Trophy game against Bangladesh Board XI in Delhi. Electing to bat first, Central lost both their openers, Sanjay Bangar and Amit Pagnis, early.

But Ali, the grandson of the former Indian opener Mushtaq, and Devendra Bundela revived them with a solid partnership of 214 for the fourth wicket. Ali smashed 20 fours and a six in his 122 before being dismissed by Alok Kapali, the legspinner.

Bangladesh, after facing a heavy defeat against East Zone, struggled throughout the day and their bowlers didn't have too much to celebrate.