Trivedi wraps up Sri Lanka A for 325
Day 1 Sri Lanka A 325 (Udawatte 68, Silva 61, Trivedi 5-79) v West Zone
Fast bowlers Siddharth Trivedi and Zaheer Khan shared eight wickets between them as West Zone bowled out Sri Lanka A for 325 in the opening day of their Duleep Trophy match in Cuttack. Trivedi wrapped up the lower order to finish with 5 for 79 while Zaheer finished with 3 for 76, against a strong Sri Lankan side consisting of eight international players.
Choosing to bat first, Sri Lanka A were led by half centuries by opener Mahela Udawatte and Chamara Silva (61), the middle order batsman who has played ten ODIs for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka A suffered an early blow as Zaheer bowled Michael Vandort in just the second ball of the match. Udawatte and Malinda Warnapura then added 89 at a healthy rate, before Rajesh Pawar dismissed Warnapura, ten short of his fifty.
Udawatte was impressive during his knock of 68, scoring ten fours and a six and looked set for three figures, before offering a return catch to Zaheer. Trivedi struck twice in quick succession, sending back Samaraweera and Jehan Mubarak to leave Sri Lanka A in a bit of trouble at 149 for 5. Silva and Upul Chandana consolidated, adding 88. When both were dismissed with the score at 253, Kaushal Silva resisted with an unbeaten 47 to take the score past 300, supported by Rangana Herath's useful 30. Trivedi returned for his final spell and accounted for the last three wickets to finish with his eighth five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.
Day 1 North Zone 310 for 5 (Gambhir 70, Yashpal 74) v Central Zone
North Zone ended the first day of their Duleep Trophy match against Central Zone in Jamshedpur in a strong position at 310 for 5, with as many as five batsmen scoring half centuries. Gautam Gambhir and Yashpal Singh made 70 and 74 respectively to lay the foundation for a big score, after opener Akash Chopra fell in the third over, leg before to Praveen Kumar.
Gambhir was involved in two fifty partnerships, with Ravneet Ricky and Singh, before falling to Jai Prakash Yadav. Singh scored nine fours and two sixes in his knock, but got out clumsily, hit wicket to Yadav. After his dismissal at 211, Mahesh Rawat and allrounder Joginder Sharma helped themselves to half centuries, remaining unbeaten till stumps.