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|West Zone fights back strongly|
Monday, February 16 2004 19:16 Hrs (IST)
The West bowlers, who were at the receiving end for the first two days, got their act together on Monday morning removing the remaining three Central batsmen for an addition of just 19 runs.
Resuming at an overnight score of 532 for seven, Central Zone lost Vineet Saxena (69) in the very second over of the day as rookie paceman Munaf Patel shattered the woodwork.
Harvinder Singh (26) also joined Saxena in the pavilion after adding just two runs to his overnight tally holding out to Kaushik Aphale at covers off Patel, who then finished the innings by making Narendra Hirwani (4) nick an outgoing delivery to wicket keeper Nayan Mongia.
Patel finished with the figures of three for 82 and skipper Sairaj Bahutule with three for 111.
West's reply began on a disastrous note as seasoned campaigner Vinayak Mane (10) gave a simple catch to Amit Deshpande off Sanjay Bangar with the team score on 13.
But that was the only success the Central bowlers could taste in the day as Hrishikesh Kanitkar (78 not out) and opener Dhiraj Jadhav (64 not out) played chanceless knocks to bail out the West.
Both the batsman played at a snails pace as they made sure that there was no further damage.
Kanitkar hit seven boundaries in his 223-ball knock while Jadhav sent the ball to the fence on four occasions during his 315-minute stay at the crease.
Central Zone piles up mammoth total