Central Zone v North Zone, Deodhar Trophy, semi-final March 11, 2013

Yuvraj, Chand power North Zone into final

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North Zone 160 for 2 (33 overs max) (Yuvraj 77*, Chand 56*) beat Central Zone 190 (45 over max) (Menaria 34, Raina 33, Mishra 3-50) by eight wickets (VJD method)

Yuvraj Singh and Unmukt Chand scored half-centuries as North Zone marched into the Deodhar Trophy final, beating Central Zone by eight wickets in a match affected by bad light and rain in Guwahati.

The match was reduced to 45 overs per side after a rain-delayed start. In the second innings, play was again interrupted by bad light and North Zone were set a revised target of 160 in 33 overs.

Yuvraj and Chand made short work of the chase, taking their side past the total with more than three overs to spare, after Praveen Kumar struck early to dismiss Chandan Madan and captain Gautam Gambhir with the score at 31 for 2.

Yuvraj struck up some kind of form after scoring two ducks in his last two matches against Kerala and Jammu & Kashmir in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He scored his first runs with a boundary off Ishwar Pandey and continued in the same vein after the interruption, hitting Shrikant Wagh for four fours in the 17th over and bringing up his fifty with a boundary in the 22nd over. His 70-ball 77 included nine fours and three sixes.

Chand, who struck a hundred for Delhi in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final, was cautious early on, but played some attractive shots once he settled down. He was dropped on 28 after wicketkeeper Naman Ojha failed to hold on to a tough chance off Ishwar Pandey in the 19th over.

Earlier, the North Zone bowlers managed to keep Central Zone in check, dismissing them for 190 in 41.5 overs. Parvinder Awana struck early to dismiss opener Amit Paunikar, while the rest of the batting line-up, which included Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif and Ashok Menaria, failed to convert their starts into a big innings. Raina fell for a quick 33, while Menaria and Kaif perished trying to boost the run rate. Legspinner Amit Mishra picked up three wickets for 50 runs.

North Zone will play the winner of the South Zone v West Zone semi-final in the title clash of the zonal List-A tournament.

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  • Binu on March 11, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Why they are avoiding Rishi Dhawan from the playing eleven? He should play he was in great form in the Ranji , and Central should give chance to some other spinners instead of Piyush chawala no respect for him

  • uncle bob on March 11, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Unmukt Chand, it seems has started playing natural at senior level. His fluent hundred in Vijay hazare trophy final and now this innings is good indication of his transition from U-19 to senior level. He should be given a chance for SA tour.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Yuvi hardly needed tis Wonderfull innings, which will really Boost him a lot, after making 3 consecutive ducks before tis match., Happy for him., Keep on Rocking Yuvi.,

  • Sriram on March 11, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    So clamours for Unmukt to be included in Champions trophy will gain momentum. Given that Viru and GG are out of favour, will Patil push him to top of the order? He is largely untested in English conditions, but then he could still score the 20-30s that viru, gauti are doing. even though may not have the same impact that Viru can have. But the Viru we know may be long gone!!

  • $$ milind on March 11, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Chand looked good since the Vijay Hazare Trophy and he would be itching to perform on bigger stages like the India A tours and also the coming I P L. Yuvraj on the other hand has been good in T20s recently and he forms a integral part of his franchisee- the Warriors. So good practice before the long IPL season. Moreover good to see a North-South final.

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