Lack of dedicated batting proved to be the losing team's undoing allowing the northerners earn 4 points.
Confronting a 234-run target, Central Zone got off to a disappointing start as Amit Pagnis (1) was caught at point by Shikhar Dhawan off Abid Nabi while Gagan Khoda was caught behind off Gagandeep Singh. The latter decision impressed neither the batsman nor spectators.
As the scoreboard read a perilous 5/2, T P Singh (61) and Abbas Ali (29) began batting carefully. Their third-wicket partnership of 78 came off 88 balls. Singh played some splendid offside shots and attractive straight drives but Ali failed to find the gaps and was finally caught off Vashisht.