West Zone’s sought-after batting stars, together with former India captain Ajinkya Rahane and KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer, flattered to misinform as South Zone limited them to 250 for 8 at the opening day of the Duleep Trophy ultimate on Wednesday. It was once younger Gujarat wicketkeeper-batter Het Patel (96 now not out) and his unbeaten 83-run stand for the 9th wicket with Saurashtra veteran Jaydev Unadkat (39 now not out) that helped West recuperate from a precarious 167 for 8 to a more secure 250/8 via the top of 90 overs.
However, a lot was once anticipated of a surprisingly sturdy West’s batting line-up that boasts of Rahane (8), Iyer (37), Sarfaraz Khan (34), Yashasvi Jaiswal (1) and present India A captain Priyank Panchal (7).
For South Zone, pacers Basil Thampi (2/42 in 15 overs) and CV Stephen (2/39 in 10 overs) blew away the West top-order inside first part an hour.
After which, in-form left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore (3/80 in 32 overs) first choked after which ran during the middle-order sooner than lower-order resistance fairly introduced the West again into the sport.
Within the morning, Hanuma Vihari gained the toss and sought after to make first use of no matter little assist the stipulations would possibly be offering.
The Andhra left-arm seamer Stephen replied his captain’s name as Jaiswal was once left poking out of doors the off-stump and stuck via keeper Ricky Bhui.
Rahane began with a boundary however previous conduct got here to hang-out him as Ravi Teja snapped one within the slip cordon when Kerala speedster Thampi were given him to edge one at the back of the stumps.
For right-hander Panchal, Stephen’s supply straightened a marginally after pitching and had the India A captain plumb in-front of the stumps.
As soon as it was once 16 for three, the Mumbai pair of Sarfaraz and Iyer got here in combination and appeared like resurrecting the innings with a 48-run stand.
Whilst Sarfaraz held one finally end up, Iyer performed his strokes, that integrated 4 barriers and a six.
It was once Sai Kishore, who had Iyer stuck via Indrajith simply when the batter regarded set and within the similar way were given Sarfaraz when his 117-ball vigil ended.
The Tamil Nadu left-arm spinner then rocked West along with his 3rd scalp as left-hander Mulani was once trapped via a supply that grew to become again a color into him.
Het, on his phase, stemmed the rot, throughout his 178-ball keep through which there have been six barriers and a six.
He first added 63 for the 7th wicket with Atit Seth (25) sooner than Thampi were given a step forward with the previous ball.
Krishnappa Gowtham (1/73 in 26 overs) then had Tanush Kotian sooner than Het-Unadkat defied South for 21 overs.
Transient Rankings: West Zone 1st Innings 250/8 in 90 overs (Het Patel 96 batting, Jaydev Unadkat 39 batting, R Sai Kishore 3/80, Basil Thampi 2/42, CB Stephen 2/39) vs South Zone.
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