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Published: Monday, March 1, 2004, 19:24 [IST]
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West-North match keenly poised
Monday, March 1 2004 13:54 Hrs (IST)

Dharamsala:The Duleep match between North and West Zone was evenly poised after the latter finished day three needing 207 runs for victory with eight wickets in hand and two days to go.

Chasing a target of 299, West were 92 for two at draw of stumps with Vinayak Mane on 52 and Jacob Martin on 21.

Earlier, resuming the play at overnight total of 17 for one, North Zone were all out for 191.

Opener Gautam Gambhir hit a sparkling 111 and remained unbeaten saving the North Zone from collapse in the second innings as none of the remaining batsman except Pankaj Dharmani (36) could reach the double-digit mark.

Gambhir contributed valuable 74 runs for the second wicket with Dharmani and 44 runs for the fifth wicket with Sangram Singh.

Romesh Powar (3/49), Sairaj Bahutule (3/50) and R Patel (2/38) played instrumental in fall of North Zone, who had acquired crucial lead of 107 in the first innings.

North Zone in the drivers seat

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