East Zone scores impressive 328

Cuttack: Catapulted by dazzling centuries by skipper M S Tiwary and I R Jaggi, East Zone piled up an impressive 328 runs for five wickets on the opening day of their quarter final cricket match against Central Zone at the historic Barabati stadium here on Wednesday.

Put in to bat after losing toss, East zone began their journey on a steady note though it lost an early wicket as opener Natraj Behera was caught by A S Chopra off pacer P S Singh for 12 when the team`s score was 29.

East Zone`s run grabbing gained momentum with Jaggi displaying skillful batsmanship scoring valuable 118 runs aided by 17 hits to the fence and one six.

While Jaggi stuck around for 292 minutes facing 221 balls before being caught by M Kaif off pace bowler P S Singh, S P Goswami contributed useful 37 runs with patience and stamina as he remained at the crease for 111 minutes.

East Zone`s position was further consolidated with skipper Tiwary amassing 109 runs with the help of 15 boundaries and one six as he faced 160 balls in 230 minutes. He was LBW by pace bowler P S Singh.

While S S Tiwary was run out at 19, W P Saha and A R Sahoo were not out at the crease with 18 and four runs respectively at the close of first day`s play.

Central Zone`s leading pace bowler P S Singh took a lion`s share of three wickets from 24 overs as he conceded 87 runs with five maiden.

Spinner Murli Kartik claimed a solitary wicket of S P Goswami when U T Yadav took a magnificent catch.

Brief Score:

East Zone (1st Innings): 328 for five wickets.