Maharashtra batsman Ankit Bawne scored a gutsy century under pressure as West Zone took a vital 43-run first innings lead against East Zone on the second day of the Duleep Trophy quarter-final, here today.
Cheteshwar Pujara would like to continue his good form during a short English county stint as he leads a formidable West Zone side against a gutsy East Zone in the quarter-final of the Duleep Trophy, which incidentally, will be India's domestic season-opener.
India`s Under-19 captain Vijay Zol has been suspended for one match, while off-spinner Aamir Gani has been reprimanded after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match against England.
Having won all their group stage matches convincingly, defending champions India will have a slight edge when they lock horns with England in the quarterfinals of the Under-19 World Cup here on Saturday.
Under-19 India captain Vijay Zol on Friday said his team was not under pressure against Pakistan in the World Cup opener as they had beaten the arch-rivals twice in the recently-concluded U-19 ACC Asia Cup.
Defending champions India and two-time former winners Pakistan are favourites to progress to the Super League quarter-finals from Group A in the ICC Under-19 World Cup that will be staged across the UAE from February 14 to March 1.
Kedar Jadhav continued his glorious form in the Ranji Trophy with a sparkling century as Karnataka maintained their upperhand despite a spirited fightback by Maharashtra on the penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy final, here today.
A gutsy unbeaten 89 by middle-order batsman Ankit Bawne and a half century by opener Chirag Khurana helped Maharashtra reach a respectable 272 for five at stumps on the first day of their Ranji Trophy final against Karnataka here on Wednesday.
High on confidence following their fairytale run this season, underdogs Maharashtra would be eyeing to break their 72-year title jinx when they take on favourites Karanataka in the summit clash of the Ranji Trophy, here tomorrow.
India under-19 skipper Vijay Zol would be released from the ongoing national juniors team`s World Cup preparatory camp in Bangalore to play in the Ranji Trophy final for Maharashtra from January 29, Cricket Board sources said Friday.
Left-arm seamer Samad Fallah exposed the poor technique of Bengal`s batsmen with some incisive swing bowling to put Maharashtra in the driver`s seat on the first day of their Ranji Trophy semi-final here on Saturday.
It will be a battle between top-notch batting line-up against a quality seam attack when Maharashtra with the likes of Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Zol take on Laxmi Ratan Shukla-led Bengal in the Ranji Trophy semifinals, starting here tomorrow.
Defending champions Mumbai were shockingly shown the door by minnows Maharashtra, who showed tremendous resilience to record a come-from-behind eight-wicket victory here on Saturday for a place in the Ranji Trophy semifinals.