North Zone secure 14-run win over Central

Published: Wednesday, March 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Indore:Aggressive batting by Ritender Sodhi (85) and excellent bowling by skipper Dinesh Mongia and Gaurav Vashisht aided North Zone to a thrilling 14-run win over their central counterparts in a Deodhar Trophy encounter here yesterday.

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.

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