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North Zone 636 for 7 decl and 87 for 2 (Chopra 51*) beat Sri Lanka A 296 and 426 (Warnapura 149*, Rajesh Sharma 5-119) by eight wickets
Malinda Warnapura's battling hundred came in a lost cause as North Zone clinched the Duleep Trophy with an eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka A at the Eden Gardens.
Warnapura was unbeaten on 149 in a total of 426, but a target of 87 was too easy for North, who won in 18.1 overs with Aakash Chopra backing his first-innings hundred with an unbeaten 51. This was the 17th time that North Zone had won the Duleep Trophy and they remain the most successful team in the history of this competition. Their previous triumph was in 2003-04 at Mohali.
Sri Lanka A began the day 81 runs behind, and lost four wickets in the first session. Chamara Silva, Kaushal Silva and Rangana Herath all managed quick runs but couldn't match Warnapura for resolve or skill. Overnight on 82, Warnapura was cautious while in the nineties, but brought up his hundred with a four off Ashish Nehra and collected three more in the bowler's next. As wickets tumbled at one end, Warnapura battled on.
Rajesh Sharma, the offspinner from Punjab, picked up two wickets to complete his second first-class five wicket haul. Nehra, who leaked runs and went wicketless in Sri Lanka A's first innings, picked up Kaushal and Herath, while Mithun Manhas's part-time offbreaks got him the final wicket to fall.
North Zone lift Duleep Trophy
Despite Malinda Warnapura's battling hundred, North Zone clinched the Duleep Trophy with an eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka A at the Eden Gardens
Warnapura leads Sri Lankan resistance
Malinda Warnapura led Sri Lanka A's resistance on a day on which North Zone struggled to maintain their control over the Duleep Trophy final at the Eden Gardens
North Zone pile on the runs
Led by Aakash Chopra's 188 and half-centuries from Yashpal Singh, Mahesh Rawat and Joginder Sharma, North Zone pummelled a hapless Sri Lanka A into the ground on day four of the Duleep Trophy final at the Eden Gardens
Chopra & Ricky give North the lead
Akash Chopra and Ravneet Ricky slammed centuries to put North Zone in an impregnable position in the Duleep Trophy final against Sri Lanka A at the Eden Gardens