Thatscricket - News - Central in command against South

Published: Thursday, February 1, 2001, 20:45 [IST]
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Panaji: Central Zone on Thursday bundled out South Zone for a paltry 141 and then gained a lead of 36 runs after making 178 for two on the opening day of the Duleep Trophy match here. Medium pacers Devendra Bundela (four for 58 and Jaiprakash Yadav (Three for 46) first damaged the South and then opener Gagan Khoda made a patient unbeaten 87 to keep the upper hand.Khoda featured in two fruitful stands of 98 with Amay Khurasia and then unbeaten 72 with Mohammed Kaif, who was batting on 28.Skipper Amay khurasia, who opened the batting compiled 51. Bundela brimming with fire sent back first three batsmen S Sriram for 14, Nand Kishore for two and captain V V S Laxman, vying for a return to Test stage, for 10.Laxman on Thursday led the side instead of Rahul Dravid who was downwith fever. As Central medium pacers ripped through the South batting, which at one stage were tottering at 62 for 5. Only a gusty half-century by Vijay Bhardwaj with eight hits to the fence in 109 balls and his 42 runs partnership for the sixth wicket with Sunil Joshi 17 being the only bright spot in their innings.Central wicket-keeper Rohit Jalani, who made his debut in the Duleep Trophy, had five victims to his credit on Thursday.Vijay Bharadwaj, who was shaping well with a confident looking drives was short of good partners and was the last batsman out on 50.South Zone folded in 42.5 overs one hour after lunch.UNI

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