South poised for win over North in inter-university cricket

Mumbai: South Zone moved to a strong position of defeating North Zone and capturing the Vizzy Trophy Inter-University Inter-Zonal crown at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.

On day three of the four-day final, South gained a handsome first innings lead of 177 runs over their rivals and then reduced North to 280 for 7 in second innings for an overall lead of 103 runs.

At stumps, Hemanshu Satyawan (21) and Tarun Sharma (0) were holding fort and with only Nitin Yadav and R Lokendra remaining to bat, North face a huge task to reverse the first three days` trend on the final day on Saturday.

North again plunged into trouble against the left-arm spin duo of S Daniel and Abrar Kazi as in the first essay when they lost seven wickets to the two bowlers while being dismissed for 365.

Dhruv Shaurya was unlucky to miss his hundred by four runs, dismissed by Daniel, after facing 104 balls in his 106- minute knock that contained a six and 9 fours. Among the rest, opener Rajvinder Singh made 48 in 64 balls with seven fours, while Abhishek scored 73 in 67 balls with five fours.

Daniel grabbed four wickets to add to the three he took in the first innings, while Kazi claimed two for his match haul to six.

In the morning, North did well to restrict South to 542 from the overnight 417 for 3. Sandeep Rajan made 80. North`s Charanjeet Singh claimed six wickets while Lokendra got the remaining wickets.

Brief Scores:

North Zone 365 and 280 for 7 (Rajvinder Singh 48, D Sharya 96, Abhishek 73; A Kazi 2/105, S Daniel 4/105).

South Zone 542 (K Rohit 109, M Agarwal 235, S Rajan 80, H Shrikant 55; R Lokendra 4/76, Charanjeet Singh 6/119).