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Powar takes seven as West lift title

West Zone 459 and 417 for 8 dec (Parthiv 131, Rahane 98, Pawar 50*) beat South Zone 199 (Badrinath 100*) and 403 (Uthappa 94, Karthik 75, Badrinath 59, Powar 7-140) by 274 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

A seven-wicket haul by Ramesh Powar helped West Zone lift the Duleep Trophy with a massive 274-run win in Chennai. Chasing an improbable 678 for victory, South Zone put up a more spirited batting effort in the second innings, but finally folded for 403.

South were always up against it when they resumed at 232 for 3, needing another 446 to win. On a crumbling pitch, their biggest challenge was facing the spin duo of Powar and Rajesh Pawar and not surprisingly, the pair bowled 64% of the overs. West already had a firm grip on the trophy by virtue of their first-innings lead; it was only a matter of whether South would hang on for a draw.

West took three wickets in the opening session and importantly, claimed all the specialist batsmen. They set very defensive fields for the attacking pair of S Badrinath and Dinesh Karthik, trying to force them to make mistakes. However, that didn't stop the pair from attacking the spinners. Badrinath, the captain, followed up his first-innings century with a fifty but perished giving Rajesh Pawar the charge, holing out to Ramesh Powar at long-on.

West then attacked the new batsman, Arjun Yadav, and he didn't last very long. Powar kept plugging away outside the offstump and his patience finally paid off when Yadav lobbed a catch to Pawar at mid-off. Karthik, meanwhile, reached his fifty with a cracking drive through extra cover and looked set for a century before a freakish dismissal cut short his knock at 75.

He shouldered arms to Powar but while watching the ball through to the keeper, dragged his right leg back and trod on the stumps. R Ashwin and M Suresh took the attack to the seamers and resisted with a half-century stand. They didn't last too long in the afternoon session as Suresh lost his off stump while trying to cut Powar.

Shadab Jakati added 22 with Ashwin before he was trapped lbw by a Powar delivery which straightened. Sreesanth, in the meantime, was seen rehearsing imaginary slogs and swishes in the dressing room but it was hardly an indication of what was to come as he lasted just five balls, slogging Powar to Ajinkya Rahane at square leg . Ashwin remained unbeaten on 46 with eight boundaries and Powar finished with 7 for 140.

Wasim Jaffer, West's captain, rounded off a glorious season, having lifted the Ranji Trophy as well for Mumbai. This is West's 17th Duleep Trophy title.

  • Powar takes seven as West lift title

    A seven-wicket haul by Ramesh Powar helped West Zone lift the Duleep Trophy with a massive 274-run win in Chennai

  • South make brave progress in impossible chase

    South Zone have to bat a day with seven wickets in hand to save the match, having all but lost the Duleep Trophy to West Zone after conceding a first-innings lead

  • Rahane shines for dominant West Zone

    West Zone took complete control of the Duleep Trophy final on the third day in Chennai. Despite S Badrinath's unbeaten century, West's bowlers shut out South for 199 in the first session, giving a first-innings lead of 260

  • Late wickets give West the edge

    West Zone capped a good day in the field, first boosted to 459 by Ajinkya Rahane's 165 and stubborn stands by the lower order and then snapping three wickets before stumps

  • Late wickets take sheen off Rahane ton

    A couple of late strikes by Sreesanth helped South Zone claw back after West Zone - led by Ajinkya Rahane's unbeaten 109 - held the initiative for most of the opening day of the Duleep Trophy final in Chennai

South Zone 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st165RV UthappaM Vijay
2nd2RV UthappaS Badrinath
3rd0R DravidS Badrinath
4th121KD KarthikS Badrinath
5th24AS YadavKD Karthik
6th7KD KarthikR Ashwin
7th58M SureshR Ashwin
8th22SB JakatiR Ashwin
9th4S SreesanthR Ashwin