Ganguly out for a duck in Duleep trophy finals

Published: Saturday, November 12, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahmedabad:On a track considered as a paradise for batsmen, West Zone today lost five quick wickets to lose the advantage they had gained after dismissing Saurav Ganguly led East Zone for a paltry score in the Duleep trophy finals played here.

At the close of play West Zone in their reply to East Zone's 150, lost the cream of their batting mainly to Ganguly who took three wickets and reduced West to 61 for five in them first innings.

East began the innings on a dismal note with former Indian captain Saurav Ganguly winning the toss and opting to bat. West Zone pace bowlers especially Zaheer Khan (two wickets), Rakesh Patel (two wickets) and Munaf Patel (three wickets) bowled a tight line and length and dismissed East for 150 runs in 55.3 overs.

Both Munaf and West zone captain Sairaj Bahutule who chipped in with three wickets cleaned up the tail.

Saurav who was not selected for the upcoming first three One-day games against the visiting South Africans today could only survive seven balls on the crease. He after facing three successive short-balls from Zaheer Khan was castled for a duck to the very next inswinging delivery in the 21st over.

Saurav was among the six East zone batsmen, S S Das, V Sarvanam, L R Shukla, S Nadeem and S S Paul, to get out without troubling the scorers. East managed a paltry 150 in 55.3 overs wherein opener Arindam Das was the only batsmen who made a credible 56 in 139 deliveries.

Though Ganguly did not click with the bat, he rolled his hand over with the ball and provided East Zone with the initial break-through by getting the wicket of opener Aakash Christian for nine runs.

He also picked up wickets of the second opener Dheeraj Jadhav (15) and night watchman Rakesh Patel (1).

Ranadeb Bose and S S Paul picked up one wicket each.

Neeraj Patel (8) and Parthiv Patel (1) were the not out batsmen for West Zone when the day's play was stopped due to bad light.

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