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Published: Sunday, February 22, 2004, 22:07 [IST]
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North Zone takes command against Central
Sunday, February 22 2004 16:37 Hrs (IST)

Gurgaon:Medium pacers Amit Bhandari and Joginder Singh took full advantage of some reckless batting by Central Zone batsmen as North Zone took command on the first day of the Duleep Trophy cricket league encounter.

The two bowlers, who stuck to a probing line and length, took wickets at regular intervals to bowl out Central Zone for just 154.

In reply, North were 35 for the loss of opener Gautam Gambhir (4). Indian stars opener Aakash Chopra (16 not out) and Yuvraj Singh (11) were together at the crease at close.

Earlier, Central skipper Gagan Khoda was made to repent his decision to take first strike on a good batting track as none of his batsmen showed any application at the crease.

The pace trio of Bhandari (3-56), Sharma (3-16) and Gagandeep (2-37) did not allow any Central Zone batsmen to settle down sending half the team back to the pavilion for just 64 runs.

Khoda tried to put up some resistance scoring 46 runs before falling leg-before wicket to Sharma. Vineet Saxena (26) and Naman Ojha (25) also tried to save their team, adding 43 runs for the sixth-wicket, before the Ojha nicked a Bhandari delivery to wicketkeeper Ajay Ratra. The Central Zone's tail also failed to put up any fight.

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