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October 18, 2013
South Zone 33 for 2 (Gautam 8*, Aparajith 0*) v North Zone
Gautam Gambhir opted out from the North Zone squad for the Duleep Trophy final against South Zone after complaining of fever on the second day and left for Delhi just before the start of play. The toss finally happened at 3.00 pm on day 2 after the first day had been washed out. South won the toss and elected to bat with the possibility of 30 overs in the day.
KL Rahul and Abhinav Mukund started steadily, scoring 23 in the first six overs. In the first delivery of the seventh though, Mohit Sharma surprised Rahul with a bouncer, the batsman only managing a top edge to Rishi Dhawan at fine leg. He scored 9. Another wicket followed soon after when Siddarth Kaul had a length delivery sneaking between Mukund's bat and pad to knock the stumps. It happened to be the last over of the day and South went back with the score on 33 for 2 when the play was called off due to bad light.
South Zone Abhinav Mukund (capt), KL Rahul, CM Gautam (wk), Baba Aparajith, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Stuart Binny, HS Sharath, Malolan Rangarajan, Abhimanyu Mithun, Pragyan Ojha
North Zone Jiwanjot Singh, Unmukt Chand, ID Singh, Mandeep Singh, Virender Sehwag, Nitin Saini (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh (capt), Mohit Sharma, Sarabjit Ladda, Siddarth Kaul.
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