Deodhar Trophy 2005-06: East Zone vs South Zone - Notes

Scorecard: East Zone 183/9 in 50 overs, South Zone 186/7 in 42.5 overs
Result: South Zone won by 3 wickets Points: South 4, East 0

East Zone innings
Compared to the game at Gwalior, this one was a less star studded game (It could have been one if a certain gentleman from Kolkata had shown up). Deep Dasgupta won the toss and elected to bat. Vinay Kumar and Vijay YoMahesh (the under-19 world cupper) opened the bowling attack for the South Zone and posed more than a handful of problems for the East top order batsmen. East kept losing wickets at regular intervals and at 91/7 they were in real trouble and looked like being bundled out within 40 overs. Laxmi Ratan Shukla and SS Singh then stitched together a meaningful partenership and lent the innings some respectability. East ended up with 183 at the end of the 50 overs, a good 40-50 runs short of a match-winning score.

Vinay Kumar picked up 4 wickets and YoMahesh ended up with two to his credit, but Akhil was the most economical of all with 1/24 off 10 overs. East could have definitely made use of Ganguly in that lineup. Couldn't they? Ok, I know I keep bringing him up. I'll try to refrain from doing so atleast till the end of this post.

South Zone innings
Chasing a lowish total on a tricky wicket can become hard at times, but when you lose your top 3 batsmen within the first 6 overs, it becomes even more daunting. Robin Uthappa (who failed against England in the CCI game), Vidyut and Suresh were all dismissed by the new ball bowlers with just 12 on the board. But Hemang Badani and Chandrasekhar Raghu then put on a match-winning partnership of 92 for the 5th wicket. Badani batted in pain with a twisted ankle and it seems unlikely that he might be able to take part in the remainder of the tournament. I was really hoping that he would come good in these ODIs and it is a pity that he got himself injured (he does seem to always get injured at the wrong times in his career, doesn't he?). South Zone lost a few quick wickets in the end but YoMahesh finished the game in a hurry with two boundary hits in the end (wish he had batted this way in the U19 world cup final). The East bowlers put on a spirited performance but in the end the total that they had to defend was just not enough.

Points to remember: Ganguly's non-show (couldn't help it), Raghu's batting, Badani's injury and Vinay Kumar's bowling.

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Blogger Imran Photos 10:26 PM

Hi,
Raghu is having great form continuing his one-day Ranji form.He is player to watch for.Thanks for the analysis of the match and we keep looking more about domestic cricket.    



Blogger vishnupavan 6:48 AM

Yeah Imran, Raghu is getting consistent in these domestic limited overs games. Would be interesting to see how he fares in the coming season..    



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