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|Sourashish Lahiri scripts East Zone win|
Tuesday, March 2 2004 13:32 Hrs (IST)
Chasing a victory target of 367, the tourists were bowled out for 273 on the fourth and final day with Kevin Pietersen falling six runs short of his third century of the tournament.
The win gave East four points for a tally of six from two matches and helped them edge out South Zone (4 points) for a berth in the final.
Resuming at 78 for two, England lost Ed Smith (42) when Lahiri lured him out of the crease and wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta completed the work behind the stumps.
Smith added 99 for the third-wicket with Pietersen before being dismissed. But Pietersen (94) and Matthew Prior (46) raised 52 runs for the fourth-wicket before the latter was caught behind off Paul.
Pietersen, who had scored a century in each innings against South Zone in the previous match, then edged Kiran Powar for Dasgupta's third catch.
The English innings then folded like a deck of cards with Lahiri running through the late order effortlessly. Paul ended with three wickets for 53 runs.
East takes a big step towards finals