Thatscricket - News - North Zone score 391 for four on opening day

Published: Thursday, January 25, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Riding high on splendid knocks by skipper Vikram Rathore (94) and stumper Vijay Dahiya (81) and their 188-run first wicket association along with an unbeaten 78 by Dinesh Mongia, North Zone put up a promising picture on the opening day of the four-day Duleep Trophy match at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium on Thursday.At stumps, North were 391 for four with Mongia and Punjab all-rounder Reetinder Singh Sodhi (34) remaining unbeaten.North, which had 18 points in three games, began their last proceeding of the tournament to clinch the trophy on a sound note after they were invited by Central Zone to bat.Delhi wicket-keeper Dahiya and Rathore looked comfortable from the very beginning and the duo made most of the wayward bowling of rivals to reach the first 50 of the innings in just 10.1 overs.Medium-pacers Salabh Srivastava, J P Yadav and Devender Bundela appeared helpless as the Rathore-Dahiya combine played on their will with a flourish. Like them, the spin department led by Railway left-arm tweaker Murali Kartik and off-spinner Rahul Kanwat, failed to contain the flow of runs. Rathore was very harsh on each of them with his flurry of shots as the Punjab batsman slammed his half-century in 63 balls with the help of twelve boundaries. Dahiya who was cautious in his execution, notched up his 50 in 101 balls with ten hits to the fence. The two batsmen went into lunch with the team score reading 146 without loss. UNI

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