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|South Zone defeat North in a cliffhanger|
Sunday, February 1 2004 10:57 Hrs (IST)
Replying to North Zone's modest 210 for seven in the stipulated 50 overs, South rode on the batting performances of Prasad (59) and Rao (58 not out) to reach the winning mark of 211 losing seven wickets in 49.5 overs.
The highlight of the South Zone chase was a 70 run partnership for the fourth wicket between Prasad and Rao, before the former was foxed by a Sarandeep Singh delivery and gave a simple return catch to the bowler.
Then Sreekumar Nair (23) and Rao stiched 35 runs for the fifth wicket before Nair was caught by Gagandeep Singh off the bowling of Mithun Minhas.
Sarandeep and Amit Mishra then claimed Ajay Kuduva (11) and Vishnu Vardhan (1) cheaply, but Rao bravely soldiered on to take his side to victory in the company of Ibrahim Khalil.
Earlier, electing to bat on winning the toss, North Zone were in a spot of bother at 77 for four, with Test opener Aakash Chopra (15), Gautam Gambhir (24) and Dinesh Mongia (21) failing to convert good starts into high scores.
However, Reetinder Singh Sodhi (53) and skipper Ajay Jadeja (48 not out) repaired the damage with a 110 run stand for the fifth wicket. Speedster Yohanan (3-37) bowled a tidy spell to claim the prized wickets of Chopra, Gambhir and Mongia.
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