Agarkar brings his all-round skills to the fore

Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:West Zone skipper Ajit Agarkar's allround display helped his team register a huge 180 runs win, including a bonus point for the second match in a row, over South Zone in the Deodhar Trophy Limited overs cricket league match at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

Batting first the hosts managed a healty 287 for seven in their stipulated 50 overs with Agarkar smashing an unbeaten 70 off just 44 balls with seven fours and three sixes, all scored off former India seamer Tinu Yohannan.

Earlier, opening batsman Satyajit Parab (54 off 67 balls with five fours) and Niraj Patel (50 off 65 balls with three boundaries) added 76 runs off 15.3 overs after West Zone hadlost two early wickets that of Dhiraj Yadav (14) and Vinayak Mane (1).

Though the hosts were reduced to 159 for five off 35.4 overs at one stage, Agarkar took charge straight away adding 59 runs for the sixth wicket with Test discard stumper ParthivPatel (37 off 45 balls), who was very lucky to be dropped three times.

N C Aiyappa floored Patel when on 12, then Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan dropped him when on 24 and finally Y Venugopala Rao let him off when on 34 before being run out.

Though Agarkar lost Ranjit Khirid immediately, he found an able partner in Yusuf Pathan (unbeaten 17 off 16 balls) and the two added 50 runs for the unbroken eighth wicketoff just 4.4 overs, with 24 of those runs coming in last over of the innings bowled by Yohannan.

South's left arm spinner Sreekumar Nair took two for 42 while seamers Youhannan and N C Aiyappa and offie Y V Rao took a wicket each.

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