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

Scorecard: East Zone 223/5 in 50 overs, West Zone 227/6 in 47.3 overs
Result: West won by 4 wickets Points: West 4, East 0

Sourav's return (glad he decided to turn up) did not result in any change in East Zone's fortunes as it crashed to its second successive defeat in the tournament. West Zone made three changes to the team that won the first game with Dheeraj Jadhav, Ramesh Powar and Munaf Patel (they were playing for the Board XI against England) replacing Pujara, Parab and Rohit Sharma. East won the toss and buoyed by the presence of Ganguly at the top of the order, elected to bat.

East innings
Lahiri was sent in as the pinch-hitting opener in the previous game. Today, normalcy was restored with Subhomoy and Sourav walking in to open the innings. After having dismissed the likes of Strauss and Flintoff, Subhomoy Das should have looked like easy prey for Munaf Patel - he had Das caught behind in his second over. Deep Dasgupta, Rohan Gavaskar and Rajiv Kumar did not last long and at 76-4, East was in deep trouble. Then came two fruitful partnerships, the first worth 83 runs between Sourav and Manoj Tiwary put East back on track and the unbeaten second worth 64 between Tiwary and Laxmi Ratan Shukla propelled them towards a respectable 220+ score. Sourav made 81 off 146 deliveries, really slow by his standards, but given the circumstances he would be happy with it. Tiwary made 55 off 67, but the real hero was Shukla who smashed his way to a 21 ball 42.

The West bowlers did really well except for that final phase where Shukla went berserk. Salvi picked up 2 wickets, Patel and Powar one apiece, but Asif Makda who went wicketless was the most economical of all, conceding just 32 off his 10.

West innings
In the previous game, West had opened with Pujara and Parab with Parthiv at three. This time Parthiv promoted himself (whatever he does, he can never be a Dhoni) up the order and opened with Jadhav as his partner. He didn't last long. The pinch-hitter at No.3 (the obsession with experimenting the No.3 slot continues), Ramesh Powar didn't last long either (29/2). Jadhav and Martin then put on 96 for the third wicket before Jadhav got himself out for a well amde 55. Kiran Powar, Yusuf Pathan and Bhavin Thaker then played three neat cameos to take West home with 2.3 overs to spare. Martin was the top-scorer with 70.

Ranadeb Bose was the pick of the East bowlers with 2/28 in his 7 overs. Paul bowled a good opening spell but went wicket less. Sourav bowled 4 overs and proved expensive with 29 being scored off them. Nadeem picked up 2 but went at 5 runs an over in his 10.

In the end the total posted by the East Zone didn't prove enough, on hindsight they were atleast 20-30 runs short. East Zone now moves to Jaipur where they play Central on the 6th of March and North Zone on the 9th. Hopefully they would fare better in the pink city. Parthiv would be real pleased with the performance of his team and West is now at the top of the table with 2 wins in 2 games.

Points to remember: Sourav's return to domestic ODIs and his sedate 81, Shukla's slog-hitting and Jadhav's good form.

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