South Zone defeated West Zone by 12 runs© Twitter
Skipper Mayank Agarwal’s 98 supplied the muse for South Zone’s nervy 12-run win over West Zone in a Deodhar Trophy match in Puducherry on Wednesday. The win took South Zone to the highest of the desk. On a day when bowlers typically referred to as the pictures, Agarwal made 98 (115 balls) to information South Zone to 206. South Zone bowlers then rose to the event, proscribing West to 194 to provide their workforce useful 4 factors. South Zone now have eight factors from two matches. South Zone owe that place of consolation to captain Agarwal, who performed a wonderful innings.
Agarwal most popular the off-side to amass the majority of his runs as 55 runs have been scored by means of the realm.
Out of his 9 fours, 5 got here by means of third man, behind the purpose and the duvet areas as he singlehandedly carried South previous the 200-run mark.
Together with veteran batter KB Arun Karthick (23), Mayank milked 50 runs for the fifth wicket in a bit of over 9 overs.
A century would have been the proper icing on the cake however that wasn’t to be. The Karnataka opener fell to Saurashtra left-arm spinner Parth Bhut.
Bhut was essentially the most profitable bowler for West Zone as he grabbed three wickets conceding simply 25 runs from his 10 overs.
As soon as they restricted South to 206, West Zone may need hoped to register a win with out a lot fuss. However these hopes have been unfounded.
South Zone tempo bowlers — Vidwath Kaverappa and Vasuki Koushik — inflicted early blows and the run out of Ankit Bawane and captain Priyank Panchal too didn’t assist West’s trigger.
Nevertheless, West gave a touch of fightback by means of their middle-order consisting of Sarfaraz Khan (42), Shivam Dube (29) and Atit Sheth (40). Dube and Sheth added 65 runs for the sixth wicket to take West to 163 for 5.
However South Zone spinners blunted their try with well timed strikes. R Sai Kishore and Washington Sundar picked up 5 wickets between them as West fell wanting the goal.
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