North Zone in control against West in Duleep Trophy

Vadodara: Impressive bowling display by Sumit Narwal (5-102) and Amit Mishra (3-108) put North Zone in a commanding position against West at the end of the third day`s play in the semi-final of the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament here on Friday.

Even as Ravindra Jadeja hit an unbeaten 170 off 242 balls, which was studded with 21 fours and five sixes, West`s first innings folded for 392 in reply to North`s 460 all out at the Moti Baug ground.

At stumps on day three, North were comfortably placed at 191 for three in their second innings, leading by 259 runs, with Mithun Manhas batting on 48 and Yashpal Singh unbeaten on eight.

Earlier, resuming at 176 for five, West faced an uphill task to avoid the follow-on, but overnight batsman, Jadeja saved the home team team from humiliation with his gritty

Jadeja played a sensible knock and held on to his ground even as wickets kept tumbling at the other end.

Resuming the day, another overnight batsman Pinal Shah, could only add six runs to his personal score before throwing away his wicket to become the first casualty of the day.

Jaidev Unadkat (13) and Bhargav Bhatt (18) failed to sustain for long but the duo shared brief but crucial partnerships with Jadeja before falling victims to leg-spinner Mishra.

However, Jadeja, who resumed on 62, held on to his nerves and went on to complete his century.

He also found an able company in Murtuja Vahora (43) and together the pair consolidated the West innings.

From 261 for eight, the duo took West to 392 for nine before Vahora`s innings was cut short by Delhi medium pacer Narwal, who then accounted for last man -- Samad Fallah to complete his five-wicket haul, leaving Jadeja not out on 170 at the other end.

North Zone got off a solid start in their second essay with openers Sarul Kanwar (53) and Shikhar Dawan (53) scoring half-centuries each.

With a healthy lead of 259 runs, North are expected go all out for a victory tomorrow.


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