East Zone has also lost its previous match to North Zone by seven wickets at Vadodara.
With four former India players in its ranks, South, led by Indian middle order bat V V S Laxman hold a slight edge over their rivals, led by former India batsman Devang Gandhi.
Laxman will be expecting big scores from his deputy S Sriram, Indian stumper Dinesh Karthik, Rowland Barrington, Y Venugopala Rao and S Vidhyuth while their bowling will be spearheaded by N C Aiyappa, former Indian seamer Tinu Yohanan and Srikumar Nair.
They also have players like Swapnil Asnodkar, S Badrinath, Arjun Yadav, R Jesuraj and Vishnuvardhan to pick from.
The East Zone will be banking heavely on the batting of opener-wicketkeeper M S Dhoni and other former India players S S Das, Rohan Gavaskar and L R Shukla.
Their bowling will be in the hands of S S Paul, Ranadeb Bose, Sanjib Sanyal, Sourashish Lahiri and Niranjan Behera.