Joginder helps North Zone retain Deodhar trophy

Jaipur: A fiery spell by Man of the Match Joginder Sharma (6 for 40) enabled North Zone drub West Zone by five wickets and retain the Deodhar Trophy here on Wednesday.

West Zone`s decision to bat first on a lively wicket backfired as Joginder along with Ishant Sharma (3 for 22) bowled them out for 101 in 26.3 overs.

It was a only due to a late surge by Iqbal Abdullah (28) that helped them get past the three-figure mark.

In reply, North, after a steady start lost a few quick wickets, but the small target did not test them much.

Ravi Inder Singh (43) and Paras Dogra (34) played resolutely to help their team reach the target.

Brief scores:

West Zone: 101 al out in 26.3 over (Rohit Sharma 16, Iqbal Abdullah 28, Joginder Sharma 6 for 40, Ishant Sharma 3 for 22, Sumit Narwal 1 for 22).

North Zone: 107 for 5 in 29.1 over (Ravi Inder Singh 43, Paras Dogra 34, J Unadkat 2 for 17, I Abdullah 1 for 19)