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October 30, 2006
Sri Lanka A 325 and 290 for 7 dec beat West Zone 149 and 271 (Jaffer 129, Muzumdar 61, Chandana 5-65) by 195 runs
Upul Chandana, the discarded Sri Lankan legspinner, gave a timely reminder to the selectors as his five-wicket haul sealed a resounding 195-run win for Sri Lanka A in their maiden Duleep Trophy match against West Zone at Cuttack. Wasim Jaffer's century set up an interesting chase, but the target of 467 was always a tough ask, as the remaining batsmen, with the exception of Amol Muzumdar - failed to cash in.
Jaffer and Muzumdar (61) made a fist of the target with a steady stand of 131 for the third wicket, having already added 97 on the third day. It was Chandana who brought his side right back into the contest, deceiving Muzumdar, stumped by Kaushal Silva and bowling Kiran Powar for 2 soon after. Parthiv Patel (29) and Jaffer then added 73, with Jaffer doing the bulk of the scoring. However, Patel's dismissal made the task even harder for Jaffer, who lacked support from the lower order. Chandana and seamer Akalanka Ganegama struck with three quick wickets to leave West Zone in shambles at 247 for 7. Jaffer's fluent knock included 15 fours and two sixes in his knock, falling to Chandana for 129. Ganegama was the most penetrative among the seamers, finishing with seven wickets in the match. Jaffer's impressive showing would certainly have boosted his selection for the Indian one-day squad for the tour of South Africa.
Day 4 North Zone 443 and 219 for 9 (Gambhir 84, Praveen Kumar 5-42, Chawla 4-91) drew with Central Zone 288 and 103 for 4 (Yadav 46)
The Duleep Trophy match between North Zone and Central Zone tapered out into a draw on the final day at Jamshedpur, with North Zone gaining a vital two first-innings lead points. Central Zone, set an improbable target of 375 from 38 overs, finished on 103 for 4, with Jai Prakash Yadav, the Central Zone captain, smashing 46 from 40 balls with three sixes.
Gautam Gambhir, overnight on 33, hit 84 from 162 balls but no other North Zone batsman stood up against Praveen Kumar and Piyush Chawla. Praveen finished with five for 42 and Chawla four for 91.
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