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|West Zone has it easy against North|
Tuesday, January 27 2004 19:10 Hrs (IST)
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, North Zone could only make 160 for eight in their alloted 50 overs which the West Zone overhauled in 37.5 overs for the loss of four wickets.
North Zone led by former India international Ajay Jadega and having Test opener Aakash Chopra in their team presented a pathetic batting display on an unpredictable pitch.
Patel and Kulkarni were the pick of the West Zone bowlers while spinner Ramesh Powar also chipped in with a valuable two for 45.
Chopra could muster only 11 runs while Jadeja, back to cricket after a long wait scored only one. Mithun Mihas was the highest scorer for North with 44.
Replying to the North Zone's 160, West Zone had a solid start before for off-spinner Sarandeep Singh had both the openers Satyajit Parab (38) and Vinayak Mane (29) but Niraj Patel (33 not out) and Ranjit Khirid (30 not out) ensured there was no hiccups for their side and overtook the score in only 37.5 overs.
North Zone 160 for 8 in 50 overs (A Ratra 36, R S Sodhi 27, S Singh 25, M Patel 3-23, N Kulkarni 2-18) lost to West Zone 161 for four in 37 overs (Niraj Patel 33 n o, R Khirid 30 n o) by 6 wickets.
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