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Kaif century guides Central Zone to big win

Published: Sunday, January 30, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Pune :Skipper Mohammed Kaif slammed an unbeaten 131 to steer Central Zone to an astounding five-wicket win over star-studded North Zone in the limited overs Deodhar Trophy limited overs cricket league match here today.

Put into bat first North Zone made 276 for the loss of six wickets in 50 overs.

In reply, Central Zone began on a cautious note putting on 46 runs for the opening wicket before gradually increasing the pace to overhaul the former's total with nine balls to spare.

It was solely due to the performance of Kaif that Central Zone was able to over haul North's total despite North fielding big names like Virendra Sehwag, Ajay Jadeja, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Mongia, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra.

Kaif, who came after the fall of the first wicket, stayed at the wicket for 176 minutes made 131 not out from 125 balls. He hit 16 boundaries as well.

Kaif built his innings with cheeky singles and twos before opening out. He got very good support from opening batsman Naman Ojha (59 off 51 balls with eight fours) and all-rounder Sanjay Bangar, who made 48 off 64 balls including five fours.

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