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Het Patel 96* rescues West Zone after early collapse

West Zone 250 for 8 (Patel 96*, Unadkat 39*, Sai Kishore 3-80) vs South Zone

West Zone’s sought-after batting stars, together with Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer flattered to deceive as South Zone restricted them to 250 for 8 on the opening day of the Duleep Trophy closing in Coimbatore on Wednesday.

It was younger Gujarat wicketkeeper Het Patel (96 not out) and his 87-run stand for the ninth wicket with Saurashtra’s Jaydev Unadkat (39*) that helped West Zone get better from a precarious 167 for 8 to a safer 250 for 8 on the finish of 90 overs.

However a lot was anticipated of an extremely sturdy West Zone’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, tempo bowlers Basil Thampi (2 for 42 in 15 overs) and CV Stephen (2 for 39 in 10 overs) blew away the West Zone high order inside first half an hour.

After which in-form left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore (3 for 80 in 32 overs) first choked after which ran by means of the center order earlier than lower-order resistance considerably introduced West Zone again into the sport.

Within the morning, the Andhra left-arm seamer Stephen had Jaiswal poking outdoors the off stump and caught by wicketkeeper Ricky Bhui.

Rahane began with a boundary however outdated habits got here to hang-out him as Ravi Teja snapped one within the slip cordon when Kerala speedster Thampi acquired him to edge one behind the stumps. For Panchal, Stephen’s supply straightened a contact after pitching and had the India A captain plumb infront of the stumps.

As soon as it was 16 for 3, the Mumbai pair of Sarfaraz and Iyer got here collectively and regarded like resurrecting the innings with a 48-run stand. Whereas Sarfaraz held one find yourself, Iyer performed his strokes, that included 4 fours and a six.

It was Sai Kishore, who had Iyer caught by B Indrajith simply when the batter regarded set and acquired Sarfaraz in equivalent method to finish his 117-ball vigil.

The Tamil Nadu left-arm spinner then rocked West Zone together with his third scalp as left-hand batter Shams Mulani was trapped by a supply that turned again a shade into him.

Patel, on his half, stemmed the rot, throughout his 178-ball keep by which there have been six fours and a six. He first added 63 for the seventh wicket with Atit Seth (25) earlier than Thampi acquired a breakthrough with the outdated ball.

Ok Gowtham then had Tanush Kotian earlier than Patel and Unadkat defied South Zone for 21 overs.

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