JP Yadav fiver destroys North in Duleep tie

Published: Tuesday, March 8, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Nagpur:Devastating bowling by medium pacer Jai Prakash Yadav, who clinched a five-wicket haul, helped Central Zone wreck North Zone first innings for a paltry 104 on the opening day of the five-day Duleep Trophy final at the VCA Stadium here today.

Thirty-year-old Yadav grabbed 5 for 26 while left-arm medium pacer Rudra Pratap Singh and left-arm slow bowler Murali Kartik grabbed two wickets apiece to skittle North, putin to bat by Central on a lively track and in overcast conditions, in only 50.3 overs.

Reetinder Singh Sodhi, who made a plucky 27, was the lone North batsman to show some semblance of resistance against the persistent and penetrative Central pace attack on a day marred by a brief rain interruption.

North innings never recovered after a shock start in which they slid to 14 for 3 and then 34 for 5 in bowler-friendly conditions. One-down batsman Sangram Singh (14) and Manvinder Singh Bisla (13) were the next two best contributors to the meagre North total as their batsmen, including opener Aakash Chopra, skipper Dinesh Mongia and seasoned Mithun Manhas, struggled to cope up with the seam-friendly atmosphere.

In reply, Central hit up 94 for 4 in 27.4 overs, opener Naman Ojha's half century (55) being the main contribution. But North could take some comfort from the fact that therival team's key batsman and captain Mohd Kaif (27) is already back in the dressing room.

Medium pacer Gagandeep Singh got rid off Kaif as well as India discard Sanjay Bangar, who failed to score, to return figures of 2 for 36.

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