South rides on Karuna~~s unbeaten century

Published: Friday, June 18, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Vishakapatnam:Skipper Karuna Jain's unbeaten century helped South Zone beat West Zone by a comfortable margin of a 103 runs in the Chandra Tripathy Inter-Zonal cricket tournament being held in Vishakapatnam.

In the match played at the Municipal Corporation grounds, South Zone, who opted to bat first totally dominated the proceedings of the entire day. Karuna Jain not only dominated the bowlers, but also guided her junior partner Rashmi Shivshankar as they together put on 96 runs at over five runs per over before Rashmi was run out due to an unfortunate mix-up. Rashmi scored 40 with the help of six clean hits to the fence.

Sindhu Ashok replaced Rashmi in the middle and the pair prospered to add 122 runs for the unbroken second wicket stand. Sindhu's contribution was 43 not out with just one four. She supported Karuna brilliantly by running cheeky singles and giving the senior partner the major strike. Karuna took 133 balls to score 107 not out with the help of eight boundaries.

The West Zone skipper tried eight bowlers but the only success they had was Rashmi's wicket through a run out.

The South dominance continued after lunch as right-arm medium pacer Laxmi Priya and the left-arm seamer Pooja Shah tied down the West openers without giving them any scope to score freely. They sent down 12 overs between them conceding a miserly 32 runs.

By the time leg-spinner Deepika Babu came on to bowl, the match was sealed in South Zone's favour. Deepika sent down eight overs picking up three valuable wickets while conceding only 24 runs. Only Anagha with 31 and Shweta with 23 looked capable of offering a fight. For South, Savita, Sunitha and Kritika picked up one wicket each. West Zone ended at 115 for six from the allotted 40 overs leaving South winners by a comfortable margin of 103 runs.

Brief Scores:

South Zone 218 for 1 in 40 overs (Karuna Jain 107 not out, Rashmi Shivshankar 40, Sindhu A 43 not out) beat West Zone 115 for 6 in 40 overs (Anagha Deshpande 31, Shweta Jadhav 23, Manali Gaekwad 19, Deepika Babu 3 for 24) by 103 runs.

In the other match played at the Railway grounds, Central Zone had it easy over East Zone.

East Zone were shot out for a paltry 64 off 23 overs. The wrecker in chief was left-arm spinner Preeti Dimri who picked up 4 for 2 runs. Medium pacer Vaishali Jain joined the party picking up two for 13.

Central Zone had absolutely no problem reaching the required target of 65 runs with captain Arpita Bansal remaining unbeaten on 37. Central won with 19.2 overs to spare.

Brief Scores:

East Zone 64 all out in 23 overs (Preeti Dimri 4 for 2, Vaishali Jain 2 for 13) lost to Central Zone 66 for 1 in 21.4 overs (Arpita Bansal 37 not out) by nine wickets.

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