East Zone put up a sterling all-round display to defeat holders West Zone by 24 runs in a keenly contested day/night final of the Deodhar Trophy, regaining the limited-over inter zonal title after a gap of ten seasons.
Defending champions and hosts West Zone will have a clear edge over strong challengers, East Zone when the two teams meet in the day/night final of the Deodhar Trophy inter-zonal limited over competition at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday.
Ahmedabad: Cheteshwar Pujara reminded the selectors of his hitting prowess in limited overs format but his brilliant century couldn't stop Mumbai from clinching a two-wicket thriller in the West Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare trophy one day competition here on Saturday.
After registering an impressive come-from-behind win in their quarter-final against West Zone, a supremely confident East Zone side will take on a last edition's joint champions South Zone in the Duleep Trophy semi-final, from Wednesday.
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.
Mumbai defeated Saurashtra by five wickets in the West Zone Vijay Hazare trophy tie on Sunday, on the back of Sushanth Marathe`s 88 coupled with his 114-run partnership for second wicket with Iqbal Abdullah (55).
Gujarat survived anxious encounter in the dying minutes to hold Madhya Pradesh to 2-2 draw in the qualifying round match of the Santosh Trophy (West Zone) played at Tilak Stadium, Vasco, here Saturday.
Former champions South Zone progressed to the semifinal of the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament by pipping West Zone by virtue of a 313-run first innings lead after their four-day quarterfinal match ended in a draw on Sunday.
Responsible batting by young Tamil Nadu all-rounder Baba Aparajith and talented Karnataka batsmen Manish Pandey to guide South Zone to 213 for three at stumps on the first day of the Duleep Trophy quarterfinal match against West Zone at the Chepauk on Thursday.
North Zone on Tuesday advanced to the semifinals of the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament by virtue of their 320-run first innings lead as the inconsequential fourth and final day`s play ended with West Zone losing two wickets in their second essay here.
The absence of big names from both the teams notwithstanding, West Zone would enjoy a slight edge over North Zone in their four-day quarterfinal match of the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament starting on Saturday.