Duleep: North Zone enter final as East collapse

Published: Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Guwahati:North Zone entered the final of the Duleep Trophy after a dramatic batting collapse by East Zone today, with yesterdays hero Sourav Ganguly leading the fall and departing without adding any run to his overnight score of 118.

The North Zone gained a vital 209 runs first innings lead on the final day today, which ensured their final berth.

After scoring a mammoth 504 runs in the first innings, North restricted East to 295 runs, just short of 304 needed to save a follow-on.

However, North did not impose the follow-on and opted to bat, in what appeared more of a batting practice on the last day of the match.

North scored 65 after losing the wicket of Ravneet Ricky, when fading lights forced umpires to call off play.

East started the day from 215 for 4 but third days hero and skipper Sourav Ganguly failed miserably.

He played only ten balls and failed to fend off a rising swinging ball from Joginder. Ganguly failed to add to his overnight score of 118.

After Gangulys departure, East batsmen could not sustain under the pressure of Ashish Nehra and Gagandeep Singh.

East were all out for 295 in their first innings just after lunch, thus ending all hopes of entering the finals.

For North, Nehra and Rajesh Sharma got three wickets each, while Gagandeep Singh took two wickets.

The lone wicket of Ricky in Norths second innings was taken by Shib Sagar Singh.

Brief Scores:

North Zone: Ist innings: 504 all out and 65 for 1 (Ravneet Ricky 36, Akash Chopra not out 23; Shib Sagar Singh 1 for 15) drew with East Zone 295 all out ( Sourav Ganguly 118, Deep Dasgupta 32; Ashish Nehra 3 for 80, Rajesh Sharma 3 for 73, Gagandeep Singh 2 for 50)


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