Guwahati, Mar 13: Riding on four half centuries, West Zone defeated North Zone by five wickets in the final to clinch Deodhar Trophy here on Wednesday at the Nehru Stadium. This was second title win in a row for West.
Ambati Rayudu was the top scorer for West with 78 not out (89 balls, 9x4) and there were half centuries from captain Parthiv Patel (58, 52 balls, 8x4, 1x6), Manprit Juneja (56, 63 balls, 7x4, 1x6) and Kedar Jadhav (57, 43 balls, 8x4).
West were set a stiff target of 291 by North. They did not have a good start as Vijay Zol was dismissed for 12 runs. But Patel and Juneja had a 99-run partnership for the second wicket to lead the chase.
In the end, it was Rayudu who took them to victory in 48.2 overs, losing five wickets. Rayudu scored the winning runs, a boundary.
Earlier, North were well poised for a score in excess of 300 with Unmukt Chand (88, 124 balls, 7x4, 3x6) and Yuvraj Singh (67, 52 balls, 7x4, 3x6) in fine form again. But quick wickets brought West back in the game.
Captain Gautam Gambhir, batting at number three, was out for nine runs.
North, aided by the big hitting of Parvez Rasool (32, 26 balls, 2x4, 1x6) and Manpreet Gony (25 not out, 13 balls, 1x4, 2x6) towards the end, posted 290/8 in 50 overs.
North Zone 290/8 in 50 overs (Unmukt Chand 88, Yuvraj Singh 67, Parvez Rasool 32, Manpreet Gony 25 not out, Jaydev Unadkat 2/73) lost to West Zone 293/5 in 48.2 overs (Ambati Rayudu 78 not out, Parthiv Patel 58, Kedar Jadhav 57, Manprit Juneja 56, Amit Mishra 2/63)