Manhas slams ton as North thrashes South

Published: Tuesday, March 7, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Udaipur:Skipper Mithun Manhas slammed an unbeaten 122 as North Zone batsmen made merry on a toothless South Zone attack on their way to a comprehensive 74-run victory in the Deodhar trophy league match here yesterday.

Opting to bat first, North batsmen toyed with the South Zone attack and opener Shikhar Dhawan (44 off 40) and Sumit Sharma (80 off 94 balls) put on 75 runs in 12.3 overs when the former was run out. That brought in Manhas and he, along with Sumit, forged a 91-run partnership for the second wicket when the opener fell to Venugopal Rao.

But Manhas and Reetinder Singh Sodhi, who played a run-a-ball knock of 57, had little time to lament and they flayed the South Zone bowlers to all part of the ground to reach 310 in 50 overs, losing just two wickets. Manhas' 111-ball knock of 122 came in 133 minutes and included 10 boundaries and three sixes.

Chasing an improbable target, South Zone fumbled early losing opener Robin Uthappa with the team score reading 12 and they lost wickets at regular intervals. S Badrinath (48), C Raghu (37), B Akhil (40) and D Kalyankrishna (53) tried their best but it proved too little, too late as the South Zone innings folded for 236 in 48.2 overs.

North pace duo of Gagandeep Singh and Joginder Sharma scalped two wickets each.

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