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|West keeps North Zone at bay|
Friday, February 27 2004 22:52 Hrs (IST)
Only defiant knock of 73 by wicketkeeper batsman Pankaj Dharmani kept North Zone's challenge alive while West enjoyed equal contributions from its balanced bowling attack.
Munaf Patel picked two for 59 as he ripped open the North top order while skipper Sairaj Bahutule (2-45) and offie Ramesh Powar (3-56) cut a swath through the hosts' formidable batting line-up.
Electing to bat, North lost both the openers Aakash Chopra and Gautam Gambhir, both falling to Patel, with only 21 on the board.
Dharmani and captain Dinesh Mongia (25) then pushed the score upto 77 before the latter fell to Siddarth Trivedi.
Mithun Manhas (21) then supported Dharmani as the two added 54 runs for the fourth wicket, until Powar gave the breakthrough by having Manhas caught by Mane.
North were well served by Sangram Singh (34) and Joginder Sharma (33) in the late order while Sarandeep Singh (batting 33) stretched the innings into the second day.
The play started 90 minutes late due to bad weather. India international Irfan Pathan could not join the team due to viral fever.
Tredwell puts paid to East's final hopes