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|East Zone gets crucial scalps on day two|
Monday, February 16 2004 13:55 Hrs (IST)
After being restricted to 388, East swung the momentum back in their favour by scalping first Rowland Barrington and Sridharan Sriram and then the prize wicket of South skipper Sadagopan Ramesh.
Y Venugopala Rao on 10 and MSK Prasad on two were at the crease at close.
Earlier, resuming at 229 for four, East lost its overnight pair of Shiv Sunder Das and Rajeev Kumar early. Das fell to N P Singh for 120 while Kumar was out cheaply for 18.
A defiant knock of 84 by Laxmi Ratan Shukla then boosted East to a respectable total. Utpal Chatterjee (25) and Debashish Mohanty (26) lent valuable support as the tail frustrated South.
The last three wickets fetched 105 runs for East. Seamer N P Singh took four for 66 while left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi claimed three for 112. R Ramkumar finished with two for 78. South made a disastrous start when Barrington (15) fell at 52 and Sriram (2) was run out four runs later.
The crucial blow, however, came towards stumps when Test opening batsman Ramesh fell after scoring a stroke-filled 57.
Das' ton helps East post respectable score