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|South Zone in danger of conceding lead|
Tuesday, February 17 2004 11:53 Hrs (IST)
Resuming the day at 93 for three, in response to East Zone's 388 all out, the South Zone top order batsmen failed to apply themselves leaving the team in a precarious position at 159 for six.
But S Sharath (48) and left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi (51) put up a valuable 90-run partnership for the seventh wicket to not only steady the ship but also bring the team nearer to the East Zone score.
R Ramkumar (19 no) and N P Singh (29 no) were at the crease at the draw of stumps.
Earlier, Sourishish Lahiri gave an early jolt to the South Zone innings sending back wicketkeeper batsman MSK Prasad after he had added just four runs to his overnight tally.
Venugopal Rao, who looked confident at the crease during his 41 run knock, gave a simple return catch to Lahiri as South Zone struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Sharath and Joshi then got into the act but both got out within a span of nine runs as the team slumped to 258 for eight from 249 for six.
But Ramkumar and Singh put up stiff resistance to deny further success to the East Zone bowlers.
S S Paul, Lahiri and Debashish Mohanty took two wickets each while left- arm spinner Utpal Chatterjee picked one scalp.
East Zone gets crucial scalps on day two