Central Zone v West Zone, Deodhar Trophy, 2nd semi-final March 25, 2014

Yusuf, Kulkarni lead West into final

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West Zone 233 for 9 (Yusuf 70, Pujara 60, Chawla 4-54) beat Central Zone 191 (Shrivastava 65, Kulkarni 4-39) by 42 runs

A rapid half-century from Yusuf Pathan converted a middling total into a competitive one for West Zone in Visakhapatnam, after which Dhawal Kulkarni and Arpit Vasavada secured a 42-run win against Central Zone, sealing a place in the Deodhar Trophy final. West's wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel had a terrific game, effecting seven dismissals, equalling the national record.

West Zone did not make a good start after winning the toss. Cheteshwar Pujara held the top order together but wickets fell around him and West were struggling at 125 for 4 in the 36th over. Pujara had just fallen for 60 off 96 balls. Yusuf provided the acceleration, smacking 70 off 57 balls with nine fours and a six. Legspinner Piyush Chawla ran through the lower order, dismissing Yusuf as well, to finish with 4 for 54 in 12 overs. West Zone had scored 233 for 9 in their 50 overs.

Central Zone's top order fared worse than West's did. Their openers fell for 1 and 4, and their No. 4 and 5 batsmen were also dismissed in single digits. Shalabh Shrivastava made 65 at No. 3 and his 63-run stand with Chawla, who made 41, was the only substantial one in the innings. It took Central from 73 for 4 to 136 for 5. Once that partnership was broken, though, the rest folded and Central were dismissed for 191 in 44.3 overs. Kulkarni finished with 4 for 39, while Vasavada took 3 for 19.

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  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Why isn't Yusuf playing in the World Cup? He is a better batsman than Jaddu; a better spinner than many. Guess his problem is Dhoni.

  • Khem on March 26, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    @Niraj Sharma: BCCI has framed new rules for domestic one day games. Now one bowler is allowed to bowl maximum 12 overs instead of 10. That's why he has bowled 11 overs.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    In Domestic One day matches (In India), two bowler can go for 12 overs max. and rest of the bowler should go less than 10 overs.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    can any one tell me how kulkarni deliver 11 over in one day match ....

    even score board and commentary are showing 11 over hows that possible?

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