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|Ratra, Manhas help North Zone gain lead|
Monday, February 23 2004 17:58 Hrs (IST)
North, resuming at 35 for one, made 249 in reply to Central's 154 in the first innings, with Delhi middle order batsman Manhas scoring 68 and India wicketkeeper Ajay Ratra remaining unbeaten on 47 on the second day.
Central were 22 for no loss in the second innings with Sanjay Bangar on 16 and Gagan Khoda on six at close. The hosts suffered two batting failures on either side of the Manhas-Ratra association.
The pair rescued the team out of the muddle they found themselves in at 110 for four, after Aakash Chopra (33) and Yuvraj Singh (46) had pushed the total to 84 for one in the morning.
Veteran leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani (4-62) gave Central the breakthrough when he had the Test opener caught by Bangar. Offie Kulamani Parida (1-49) then sent back Yuvraj Singh before Hirwani dismissed the in-form Dinesh Mongia (2) from a return catch.
Manhas and Ratra then showed tremendous application as they raised 103 runs from 229 balls in 134 minutes before another batting collapse ruined their good work.
North Zone takes command against Central