Duleep Trophy 2006-07

Gavaskar and Dinda put East Zone in command

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October 20, 2006

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East Zone 245 & 204 for 4 (Gavaskar 79*) lead Central Zone 130 (Abbas Ali 57, Dinda 6-52) by 319 runs

Ashok Dinda's six-wicket haul put East Zone in the driver's seat as Central Zone crashed to 130 at the end of the second day of the Duleep Trophy match in Indore. Rohan Gavaskar continued his good form with the bat, remaining unbeaten on 79 at stumps as East Zone stretched their lead to 319, with six second-innings wickets in hand.

Resuming on 40 for 3, Central Zone suffered an early setback as Dinda struck with the wicket of Tejinder Pal Singh. Abbas Ali was the only batsman who looked in control, scoring 57, while the rest failed. Sourav Ganguly, who failed with the bat, bowled an impressive spell, claiming the wickets of Praveen Kumar and Piyush Chawla, both trapped leg before. Dinda wrapped up the innings with the wicket of Ali, finishing with his best first-class bowling figures of 6 for 52.

East Zone got off to an encouraging start in their second innings, with the openers adding 51. However, they were pegged back by the loss of three quick wickets for just 14 runs, with Kumar picking up the first two in quick succession. Gavaskar and Ganguly consolidated with 58 for the fourth wicket, before Ganguly was dismissed by Chawla for 25. Gavaskar and Deep Dasgupta remained unbeaten till stumps to take the score to 204.

South Zone 291 & 65 for 2 (Rao 26*) lead West Zone 180 (Jadeja 53, Kumble 5-42) by 176 runs

The Indian duo of Anil Kumble and Sreesanth shared eight wickets between them as South Zone restricted West Zone to 180 at the end of the second day of their Duleep Trophy match in Gwalior. Kumble finished with 5 for 42 and Sreesanth 3 for 65 to give South Zone a first innings lead of 111, after they were bowled out for 291 at the start of the day.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma led West Zone's recovery, taking the score to 70 after the early loss of Cheteshwar Pujara. However, the wickets began to tumble as Kumble and Sreesanth cut through the middle order, with Ravindra Jadeja the only batsman to cross fifty. Jadeja attacked the bowlers, as his entertaining knock of 53 came off only 49 balls. In their second innings, South Zone lost Robin Uthappa early to Zaheer Khan but ended the day at 65 for 2, with VVS Laxman and Venugopal Rao at the crease.

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