South Zone, who were on course to bag the title chasing 301, collapsed on the fifth and final day on Sunday at the Feroz Shah Kotla to go down by 9 runs. Central had conceded a 103-run first innings lead and bounced back with Robin Bist's ton in the second essay.
South had started the day at 184/1, needing 117 to win in 90 overs. But Central spinners captain Piyush Chawla (3/83) and Ali Murtaza (3/59) triggered South's collapse.
From 203/2, South were bowled out for 291 in 88.4 overs. At the lunch interval, South needed 21 with 3 wickets in hand. In the post-lunch session, Central survived some tense moments to take out the final three wickets.
South lost 9 wickets today for 97. Murtaza ended the match when he had Shreyas Gopal bowled.
KL Rahul was the stand out performer of the match with twin hundreds (185 and 130) but ended on the losing side. Rahul, who was 121 overnight, fell for 130. His wicket at 203 in the 50.2 started South's downfall.
South Zone 291 all out in 88.4 overs (KL Rahul 130, Baba Aparajith 56, R Prasanna 29, R Vinay Kumar 24, Ali Murtaza 3/59, Piyush Chawla 3/83, Pankaj Singh 2/45) and 379 lost to Central Zone 276 and 403 by 9 runs
Man-of-the-match - KL Rahul
Previous Winners (Last 10)
- 2013-14 - North Zone and South Zone (shared)
- 2012-13 - East Zone
- 2011-12 - East Zone
- 2010-11 - South Zone
- 2009-10 - West Zone
- 2008-09 - West Zone
- 2007-08 - North Zone
- 2006-07 - North Zone
- 2005-06 - West Zone
- 2004-05 - Central Zone