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|Central Zone piles up mammoth total|
Sunday, February 15 2004 19:15 Hrs (IST)
While overnight centurion Gagan Khoda (156) departed after adding only 11 runs to his score, Devendra Bundela (72), J P Yadav (80) and Vineet Saxena (69 no) made valuable half-centuries.
Rakesh Patel (2-107) gave West the crucial breakthrough when he bowled Khoda to end the Central skipper's third wicket partnership of 108-runs with Bundela.
However, Central, resuming at 277 for two with Khoda on 145 and Bundela on 44, flourished with the help of efficient stroke making from its seasoned middle order batsmen and some butter fingered fielding by the opposition.
Nilesh Kulkarni was a second time offender when he dropped Saxena on 30. He had reprieved Khoda, then on 51, on Saturday. Seamer Rakesh Patel was the unlucky bowler on both the occasions.
Vinayak Mane at slip too was guilty of grassing Bundela although the batsman was dismissed, bowled by leg-spinner and captain Sairaj Bahutule, seven runs later.
Yadav's 80, that came of 194 balls aided by seven fours and two sixes, made up for the early dismissal of veteran Gyanendra Pandey (12) and was part of the 68-run stand for the seventh wicket with Saxena.
Bahutule finished with three for 111 while Kulkarni chipped in with two for 102.
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