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Thatscricket - News - Sachin, Kambli take to East Zone attack

Published: Friday, February 2, 2001, 23:45 [IST]
 
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Pune: Maestro Sachin Tendulkar's whirlwind knock, where he showed he was still in grand touch by slamming 199, and south paw Vinod Kambli's quick-fire unbeaten 105 helped the West Zone pile up 384 for 4 against East Zone on the opening day of their four day Duleep Trophy league tie, which got underway at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Thursday.Sachin, who was well set for his maiden double ton in Duleep Trophy, however, was rather unlucky to have missed it, falling to a brilliant running catch brought off by substitute fielder Mridul Gupta in the extra cover region of off spinner Sanjay Raul in the 79th over of the day.The Sachin-Vinod Kambli (105) association snatched the match from the rival's grasp adding 225 runs for the fourth wicket in 253 balls in 170 minutes and guided their side into a strong position. Skipper Sachin, who displayed his intentions of taking the match very seriously, opted to take first strike after winning the toss, on a hurriedly prepared Nehru stadium track. It appeared that his decision would backfire as Test opener Wasim Jaffer fell to the very first delivery of lanky speedster Debashish Mohanty, which moved away a bit late beating the batsman on the forward stroke and wicket-keeper Dasgupta made no mistake. The other opener Nayan Mongia, who was promoted to open the innings, however, found the rival pace attack a difficult proposition to cope with and fell to a smart catch at covers off seamer Javed Zaman with his personal score on 7 and the team total on 19 from 11.4 overs. Both Mohanty, with his tail up after capturing all 10 wickets against South Zone in the earlier league tie, and Zaman gave some anxious moments to both Hrishikesh Kanitkar, who came in after the departure of Wasim and Sachin who trooped in after the fall of Mongia. The pair made a partial recovery putting on 127 runs for the third wicket, which came in 163 balls and 124 minutes. East Zone led by Test opener Siv Sunder Das in the absence of their mainstay Saurav Ganguly would have been in a comfortable position had they latched on to the chances offered by the rampaging Sachin and Kambli. Sachin earned the reprieve off Raul when on 103, dropped by Rohan Gavaskar at mid off. Likewise Kambli when on 57 was let off by Zaman at short mid wicket off seamer Mohanty with the West total at 280 for 3. Tendulkar singled out East medium pacer Zaman as he belted him for five fours in his ninth over. Sachin reached his coveted three-figure mark thumping Zaman through the extra cover, which came in 112 balls with the aid of 20 fours. Kambli, who started rather shakily improved in confidence in the association of his schoolmate and also completed his 50 taking a single of Raul to point region from 54 balls, which had seven fours and two sixes. The Mumbai duo then tore the rival attack to shreds. They took the total past the 300 mark in 66.3 overs in 302 minutes with Tendulkar on 162 and Kambli 65. East skipper S S Das tried all combinations to contain the flow of runs and in the process tried seven bowlers. Tendulkar, who was playing his first four-day first class match after a gap of two months was all set to post his first double ton in the tournament after having scored his highest of 159 on his debut against East Zone at Guwahati in 1990-91. His knock of 199, which is the highest and the third in the tourney came in 214 balls and was studded with 30 exquisite struck fours and four sixes two each from spinner Raul and Sukhwinder Singh in a vigil lasting 299 minutes.Meanwhile, the hard-hitting Kambli also completed his fourth three-figure knock. When on 99 he took a single off spinner Raul. He, however, remained undefeated on 105, which contained 12 fours and three sixes after facing 151 balls in 206 minutes stay at the wicket. Earlier, Kanitkar the Maharashtra captain batted with application but hardly forced the pace. His knock came from 121 balls in 175 minutes and had eight boundaries. But added an invaluable 127 runs for the third wicket with his skipper Sachin.UNI

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