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East Zone lift title after Virat, Jaggi fifties

East Zone 153 for 2 (Virat 58*, Jaggi 56, Thakur 2-31) beat West Zone 149 for 5 (Jackson 52, Bhatt 36*, Das 2-25) by eight wickets
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Virat Singh and Ishank Jaggi zoomed to half-centuries as East Zone chased down 150 in just 13.4 overs against West Zone to clinch an eight-wicket win and the 2016-17 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Inter Zonal title. East Zone ended their tournament with a spotless record, winning all four of their matches to finish with 16 points, four ahead of second-placed Central Zone.

The duo's efforts came after right-arm pacer Pritam Das snared 2 for 25 to restrict West Zone to 149 for 5 after they were asked to bat at the Wankhede Stadium.

Jaggi walked out with East Zone having made a blistering start to the chase through an opening stand of 61 in just 5.2 overs. Shardul Thakur ended the burst when he had Karthik caught behind for a 14-ball 24. Virat and Jaggi then slammed 80 runs off just 44 balls to shut the doors on a West Zone fightback. Jaggi took over as the dominant partner, scoring 56 of them himself, off 30 balls and with the help of three fours and six sixes.

Thakur returned to take out Jaggi in the 13th over, but East Zone were only nine short of the target. They required only six more balls to close out the game, with captain Manoj Tiwary hitting two quick boundaries, while Virat stayed not out on 58 off 34 balls, having struck five fours and three sixes.

Thakur took two wickets, but was expensive, giving away 31 runs in three overs, as were all of West Zone's six remaining bowlers, who ended wicketless.

When West Zone batted, Sheldon Jackson tried to hold the innings together with a half-century, but West Zone lost frequent wickets and made slow progress. Deppak Hooda helped Jackson add 40 for the third wicket to lift them from 36 for 2, but their stand came at only a run a ball. When Jackson fell at the start of the 15th over, caught off the left-arm spin of Pragyan Ojha, West Zone only had 92 on the board. That they got to 149 was down to Rujul Bhatt, who struck an unbeaten 36 off 20 balls.

East Zone's bowlers shared the wickets around, with Pritam Das returning 2 for 25, while Suryakant Pradhan, Sayan Ghosh and Ojha took a wicket apiece.

Central Zone 184 for 8 (Harpreet 92, Khare 39, Shah 2-20) beat South Zone 181 for 7 (Vijay 40, Karthik 35, Rajpoot 2-28) by two wickets
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In the second match of the day, Central Zone scraped through by two wickets in a high-scoring clash against South Zone.

After being inserted, South Zone rode on solid contributions from their middle order to post 181 for 7 in their allotted 20 overs. Harpreet Singh led Central Zone's reply with a career-best 92 off 51 balls that included 10 fours and four sixes.

After Vishnu Vinod set the tone for South Zone's innings with a 15-ball 31 at the top, the trio of Dinesh Karthik (35), captain Vijay Shankar (40) and Pavan Deshpande (33 not out) formed the bulwark of the innings. Their efforts ensured South Zone finished with a strong total in spite of late strikes.

Ankit Rajpoot, Aniket Choudhary and Karn Sharma took two wickets each, although Rajpoot was the most economical, giving away just 28 in four overs.

Central Zone lost Naman Ojha in the second ball of the chase, before Harpreet and Amandeep Khare steadied them with a 67-run second-wicket stand. Following Khare's dismissal for 39, the onus fell on Harpreet as none of the other batsmen made an impression. Harpreet nearly saw the team through, and though he fell at the start of the final over, Amit Mishra and Rajpoot fought nerves to knock off the remaining four runs.

South Zone used six bowlers, all of whom were among the wickets, but Rahil Shah and Swaroop Kumar impressed the most with returns of 2 for 20 and 1 for 20 respectively.

Central Zone 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0NV OjhaAN Khare
2nd67Harpreet SinghAN Khare
3rd23AT RayuduHarpreet Singh
4th21M RawatHarpreet Singh
5th5Harpreet SinghAD Nath
6th14KV SharmaHarpreet Singh
7th17Harpreet SinghS Dhaliwal
8th31Harpreet SinghACP Mishra
9th6ACP MishraAS Rajpoot

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

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