East to meet North in Deodhar tie at Jaipur

Published: Wednesday, March 8, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Jaipur:Star studded North Zone has an edge over East Zone in the Deodhar Trophy last league tie to be played at the SMS stadium here tomorrow.

North Zone who have players like Gautam Gambhir, VRV Singh, Pankaj Dharmani and Ritendra Sodhi in their ranks, have nine points from three matches. Beating East Zone and expecting an unexpected defeat of West Zone against South Zone at Udaipur may see north zone becoming the champions.

West Zone are on top with 12 points winning all their three encounters while North Zone has nine points from as many matches.

East Zone consisting of former India skipper Saurav Ganguly test discards Deep Das Gupta and Rohan Gavaskar have failed poorly as they have lost all their three encounters so far.

This is the last chance East to save some prestige against North Zone. East Zone had experienced a bitter defeat at the hands of lowly placed Central Zone with the latter recording the only victory against them two days back here with the last ball six by local lad Dishant Yagnik off Saurav Ganguly.

The two teams have their practice session today but both of them preferred to name their final eleven tomorrow before start of the match. Ganguly is expected to join his team late this evening.

North Zone Team: Mithun Minhas (captain), Pankaj Dharmani (vice captain), Sumit Sharma, Ritendra Sodhi, Gaurav Vashishtha,Shikhar Dhawan, Gagan Deep Singh, Amit Mishra,Jogendra Sharma, Yashpal Sharma, Mahesh Rawat, Abid Nabi, Gautam Gambhir, VRV Singh, Vimal Bhatia, Captain SK Tikku (manager) and Badri (physio).

East Zone Team: Deep Das Gupta (captain), Saurav Ganguly, Rohan Gavaskar, Shubhomay Das, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Manoj Tiwari, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Rajiv Kumar, Basant Sarvanan, Saurashish Lahiri, Sib Sagar Singh, Shiv Shankar Paul, Randev Bose, Mihir Divadkar, S Nadim, Timir Chand. Paras Mhambre (coach) and Samir Das Gupta (manager).


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