Gavaskar's ton props up East Zone
A round-up of the first day of Duleep Trophy matches between East Zone and Central Zone in Indore, and West Zone and South Zone in Gwalior
Central Zone 40 for 3 trail East Zone 245 (Gavaskar 106, Yadav 5-94) by 205 runs
Rohan Gavaskar was the only East Zone batsmen who withstood Jai Prakash Yadav's outstanding spell of 5 for 94 that helped dismiss East for 245 on the opening day of the Duleep Trophy match at Indore. In reply, Central Zone were 40 for 3 at stumps.
East started badly after Sourav Ganguly won the toss and batted. They were reduced to 16 for 3 and kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Ganguly himself making just 16. Gavaskar's 106 formed the backbone of the innings and only Debasish Mohanty provided him with any sort of support during his 46.
East's seamers inflicted damage on Central Zone by dismissing their openers for just 35 and Ashok Dinda, playing only his fourth first-class match, took Naman Ojha's wicket at the stroke of stumps.
South Zone 281 for 9 (Uthappa 57, Rao 69, Zaheer 4-44) v West Zone
Half-centuries from Robin Uthappa and Venugopal Rao along with several other nuggety contributions from South Zone's batsmen helped them reach 281 for 9 on the first day against West Zone at Gwalior.
VVS Laxman didn't cash in on winning the toss - he was out for 15 - but Uthappa and Rao bolstered the innings. S Badrinath also chipped in with 42 as South Zone strung together a succession of useful partnerships. Zaheer Khan was West's stand-out bowler with three wickets while Ramesh Powar and Sairaj Bahutule took two each.