After their bowlers had set up the trap, Uttar Pradesh batsmen held their nerves on the fourth and final day's play to beat Madhya Pradesh by four wickets in the Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match, here on Wednesday.
South Zone have a chance to avenge their loss to Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy final earlier this month when the two teams line up here tomorrow at the Wankhede Stadium in the quarter final of the five-day Deodhar Trophy limited overs tournament.
Opener K L Rahul continued his dream form as he blazed his way to a brilliant unbeaten 121 after a classy 185 in the first innings as South Zone looked in cruise control in pursuit of 301 against Central in the Duleep Trophy final, here on Saturday.
The Uttar Pradesh senior One Day squad that will take part in the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Friday saw former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin's son Mohammed Asaduddin being included just after appearing for trials at the state team's nets a week back.
After two days of shoddy performance, Central Zone finally lifted their game on Friday to grab a crucial lead and ensure that the Duleep Trophy final against South Zone heads for an exciting finish with a couple of days still left.
A talented Central Zone team led by Piyush Chawla is aiming to come out firing all cylinders when it squares off with an equally combative South Zone side in the final of the Duleep Trophy, starting here on Wednesday.
While the world's most established batsmen are struggling to score runs against KKR's maverick spinner Sunil Narine, the Gautam Gambhir-led side have further strengthened their spin attack with the inclusion of chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav.
In their quest to be battle-ready for the upcoming Champions League Twenty20, Kolkata Knight Riders sent four of their players -- Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Manvinder Bisla and Kuldeep Yadav -- to Bloemfontein in South Africa for 15 days of training that included cycling, running and mountaineering.
The seventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) witnessed teams fighting on multiple fronts. If the glittering trophy was captured by Kolkata Knight Riders, the losing finalists – Kings XI Punjab, returned home as the most tweeted team.
Kolkata Knight Riders` Piyush Chawla was the man of the moment as he hit a six off pacer Mitchell Johnson to bring his team on the threshold of victory and finished it off with a four off Parvinder Awana in the last over to script a three-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League final at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
It`s not only their in-form batting line-up but also the bowling unit that has made a huge difference, Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Piyush Chawla said after they stormed into their second IPL final with a 28-run win over Kings XI Punjab in the Qualifier 1 here on Wednesday.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir played down his own good form lavishing praise on his opening partner Robin Uthappa for giving the team blazing starts which has helped in winning back-to-back matches.
Seamers Abhimanyu Mithun and R Vinay Kumar wreaked havoc as Karnataka reduced Uttar Pradesh to 221 for nine, giving themselves a good chance to grab first innings lead, on the second day of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match here on Thursday.
Riding high on their five consecutive victories, Karnataka will be looking to continue their winning streak when they take on Uttar Pradesh in the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy at Chinnaswamy Stadium here tomorrow.
India discards Rudra Pratap Singh and Piyush Chawla took three wickets apiece as Uttar Pradesh took control of the proceedings dismissing minnows Services for a meagre 164 in a group B encounter of the Ranji Trophy at the Mohan Meakins Cricket ground here on Friday.