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.
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.
With domestic season set to kick off in another month and a half's time, the future of top Rajasthan cricketers like Pankaj Singh, Robin Bist and Ashok Menaria hangs in balance as it is difficult for them to even get an inter-state transfer to play for any other state.
Robin Bist and Rajesh Bishnoi slammed centuries as Rajasthan overhauled Services` first total by reaching 345 for three in their first innings on the third day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match against Services on Saturday.
Rashmi Ranjan Parida struck a watchful century while Robin Bist played a useful knock of 85 as Rajasthan took the vital first innings lead against Madhya Pradesh to finish the second day on 306 for six in their Ranji Trophy Group A match, here on Sunday.
The Pune Warriors India are all set to release burly New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder who now goes back to the auction pool while Delhi Daredevils will also release a few of their foreign recruits from last season including Ranji Trophy`s highest run-scorer Robin Bist.
An intriguing third day is on the cards as hosts Haryana need another 170 runs to win with eight wickets in hand against defending champions Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy semi-final, being played at Bansi Lal Stadium.