Deodhar Trophy 2005-06: West Zone Vs Central Zone - Notes

Scorecard: Central Zone 180 all out in 37.5 overs, West Zone 181 for 7 in 46 overs
Result: West won by 3 wickets Points: West 4, Central 0

Central Zone innings
Central's skipper Partiv Patel (good to see him in a leading role) won the toss and duly asked Kaif to send his opening batsmen in. Central was off to a disastous start, losing three (Praveen Kumar, Amit Pagnis and Kaif) quick wickets with just 34 on the board. Mohammed Kaif's terrible form continued as he was out for a second ball duck, clean bowled by an Asif Makda delivery. Kaif's form now seems to be a definite concern and given the way Raina batted at Baroda against England, he might now be feeling some real heat.

Tejinder Pal Singh (79) and the completely forgotten Gagan Khoda (26) did the resurrection act adding 64 for the 5th wicket. Wickets then fell at regular intervals as Pathan (Yousuf, Irfan's elder bro), despite being expensive ran through the lower order and picked up 5 wickets. Left arm spinner Ravinder Jadeja who did well in the under-19 world cup picked up two wickets for 34 off 7 overs. Central was all out with more than 12 overs to spare and that is a cardinal sin at any level.

West Zone's innings

West Zone's start wasn't that great either. Murali Karthik, who was overlooked by the selectors a couple of days back, obviously had a point or two to prove. Bowling with the new ball, Karthik picked up 3 wickets (3/22) within the first 9 overs. Cheteshwar Pujara couldn't continue his U19 world cup form and was the first to perish caught behind. Rishikesh Parab, the other opener and Jacob Martin, the seasoned pro followed suit immediately. At 55/5 West Zone would have thought that they were in with a real chance. But Parthiv Patel, who came in at No.3 and Mumbai's Bhavin Thakker played some sensible cricket and took the score upto 97 before Parthiv fell prey to the guile of Indian Cricket's new wonder kid (Well, wasn't that what Parthiv was called not so long ago ?). Piyush Chawla would have had some awkward moments in the dressing room with Murali Karthi around, but I guess that is all part of the learning process.

Bhavin Thakker then found an able ally in Rohit Sharma (one of the stars of the under-19 world cup) and together they inched a bit more closer to the target, taking the score to 141. Piyush then broke the partnership by bowling out Bhavin. This brought Ravinder Jadeja (another under-19 star) to the crease and the 2 teenagers then finished the game in style with an unfinished 40 run partnership in eight overs.

Points to remember:
Kaif's continued misery with the bat, Parthiv's captaincy (remember he used to captain in his under-15 , under-19 days), Murali karthik's performance with the new ball, Chawla's partnership breaking ability and Jadeja's all-round ability.

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