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February 25, 2006
Yusuf Pathan, Irfan's older brother, starred with 5 for 52 in West Zone's three-wicket victory against Central Zone at Gwalior. Tejinder Pal Singh scored 79 after Central Zone lost the toss but received no support as they were dismissed for 180 in just the 38th over. Parthiv Patel led West Zone's reply with 46 but they had collapsed to 97 for 6 before Bhavik Thaker (35), Rohit Sharma (31 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (26 not out) stemmed the rot and saw their team safely through to 181 for 7.
South Zone clinched a three-wicket win in a low-scoring match against East Zone at Indore. After winning the toss, East Zone were restricted to 183 for 9 in 50 overs. Laxmi Ratan Shukla top-scored with 43 and Rohan Gavaskar was the only other batsman to cross 30. Vinay Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 38 and Vijaykumar Yomahesh, back after the Under-19 World Cup, chipped in with 2 for 39. South Zone began their chase badly, slipping to 46 for 4, before Hemang Badani (45) and Chandrashekar Raghu put on 92 runs for the fifth wicket. Raghu went on to score 60 and had all but sealed the victory when he departed on 169 for 7.
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