Ganguly hundred puts East Zone ahead
North Zone 106 for 3 (Ricky 56) and 178 (Bose 4-45) trail East Zone291 (Ganguly 117, Dasgupta 57) by 7 runs
Sourav Ganguly's glorious 117 in a do-or-die situation ensured that East Zone took the second day's honours, and a double-strike by Shib Paul (2 for 24) before stumps left North Zone stuttering at 106 for 3.
Ganguly, the ousted Indian captain, batted for four hours and gave East a fighting chance in the match. Vikram Singh (4 for 65) did his part in controlling the damage with a fiery spell in the afternoon session, and was the most successful wicket-taker for North.
Ravneet Ricky and Shikhar Dhawan, North's openers, had put on 105, but both fell to Paul, and those who follow have the daunting task of scoring against an attack that has already dismantled the team's top order in the first innings.
West Zone 318 (Jaffer 133, P Patel 56) for 8 lead South Zone 219 (Sriram 43, Badani 42) by 95 runs
Wasim Jaffer's 133 helped West Zone gain a 95-run lead over South Zone. West were an imposing 314 for 8 at stumps on day two at Vadodara. It was Jaffer's 22nd century in first class cricket and it rescued his side from a disastrous 5 for 3.
Though Parthiv Patel (56) and Jaffer fell in quick succession, Ramesh Powar (41) and Sairaj Bahutule (38 not out), both seasoned campaigners on the domestic circuit, carried on the good work with a 67-run stand for the eighth wicket.
For South, Lakshmipathy Balaji was the most successful bowler with an economical 3 for 36 off 21 overs, but the back up was slightly disappointing. Only Pragyan Ojha, the 19-year-old from Hyderabad playing just his second first-class match, made an impact with the key wickets of Jaffer and Niraj Patel.