Duleep Trophy 2022 final, West Zone vs South Zone Day 2 LIVE Score Updates: SZ 87/2 at Lunch


Welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of day 2 of the Duleep Trophy final at the SNR College Cricket Ground in Coimbatore. This is Santadeep Dey, bringing you all the updates.

LIVE COMMENTARY

SOUTH ZONE – 1ST INNINGS

LUNCH BREAK

SZ 87/2 in 24 overs: Vihari ensures the last ball of the 24th over is the last of the session by pulling away citing some sightscreen issues. That’s experience for you. “That’ll be lunch time,” says the umpire. A combined 107 runs have come off this session; 87 of those from South Zone.

SZ 79/2 in 20 overs: Sheth messes up his release and Vihari wastes no time in cutting this away to backward point. In the 20th over, Indrajith slams two boundaries off Kotian. The first one has been steered through cover, while the next one has been pulled away through mid-wicket.

SZ 56/2 in 15 overs: Unadkat comes in round the wicket for the right-handed Kunnummal and removes him off the very first ball after drinks. Angles it into him, the delivery holds its line after pitching and the outside edge carries to the ‘keeper. Wonderful fielding from Sarfaraz at backward square leg, the whole team cheers for him… Kunnummal’s wicket seems to have charged them up. Vihari and Indrajith hit three boundaries to ease the pressure. Almost a brilliant caught-and-bowled… Unadkat didn’t seem to be too sure, soft signal was not out. And replays do suggest he had grassed it. Indrajith survives a close call.

SZ 40/1 in 12 overs: Through cover, goes Kunnummal. He follows that up with another handsome pull for four… transfers weight onto the backfoot, plays at it with hard hands and holds his pose as the ball goes out of sight for the shutterbugs. TIme for some drinks.

SZ 30/1 in 10 overs: A confident appeal from the bowling team but the umpire Navdeep Singh Sidhu doesn’t seem too interested. There was a bit of noise but that might have been of that of the spikes being dragged along on the track. There is no DRS. Kunnummal also turned back to check if the ‘keeper had pouched it; may have been a sign of guilt. Four! Short and wide again from Gaja and Kunnummal’s one-armed Pantesque slash sees the ball disappear. He gets a boundary in each of the next three overs as well to maintain the impressive scoring rate. Gone! Mayank departs immediately after scoring his first four of the day. Edged to Yashasvi in slip. Skipper Vihari is in.

SZ 11/0 in 6 overs: The second, fourth and fifth over are maidens. Only two comes off the third. The batters are looking to be in no hurry at all. A few spectators, lounging underneath the huge tree, break their silence to cheer for Kunnummal as he gets on top of the bounce to smack Gaja for four in the sixth over.

SZ 5/0 in 1 over: Kunnummal gets things rolling for South Zone with a boundary off the very first ball. He is facing Saurashtra and now West Zone’s left-arm pacer Unadkat. There is a hint of swing. Mayank is at the non-striker’s end.

INNINGS BREAK

WEST ZONE – 1ST INNINGS

WZ 270 in 96.3 overs: Mayank makes a mess of a sitter. Probably had the glare in his eye. The error, however, is inexcusable as he had his shades stuck to the back of his floppy! Unadkat survives. Mayank has been saved the blushes, though, as Sai Kishore has picked up yet another fifer (5/86); his fifth in First-Class cricket. Gaja was lured into playing the big shot with a delivery pitched wide outside off. Stephen, at backward point, takes a fine catch to mark the end of West Zone’s first innings.

WZ 268/9 in 95 overs: Stephen to apply pressure from the other end. Unadkat and Het keep the scoreboard ticking with singles. Thampi is off the field; the reason, however, isn’t clear. Het perishes on 98! It is Sai Kishore’s fourth wicket of the innings. In hindsight, Het should have looked to score his hundred yesterday itself. He misjudges the length – it was marginally short, there was a bit of added bounce as well – and goes for the pull only to end up top-edging it to a back-pedalling Mayank at first slip. Gaja comes to the crease. He steps out and muscles the ball through mid-wicket for four off the eighth delivery he faces.

WZ 250/8 in 91 overs: Sai Kishore to open the bowling today. There is a very strong offside field for Het, who is four away from a century. There is a slip, gully and backward point. Also, there is a short extra cover at catching position. The left-arm spinner beats the outside edge on a couple of occasions.

WEST ZONE vs SOUTH ZONE PLAYING XI

WZ XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Priyank Panchal, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Shreyas Iyer, Sarfaraz Khan, Atit Sheth, Shams Mulani, Het Patel (wk), Tanush Kotian, Jaydev Unadkat, Chintan Gaja

SZ XI: Rohan Kunnummal, Mayank Agarwal, Baba Indrajith, Hanuma Vihari (c), Manish Pandey, Ricky Bhui (wk), Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Basil Thampi, Telukupalli Ravi Teja, Cheepurapalli Stephen

DULEEP TROPHY FINAL, DAY 1 REPORT

Het Patel (96 batting, 178b, 6×4, 1×6) and Jaydev Unadkat (39 batting, 64b, 3×4) denied South Zone for 21 overs with an unbeaten 83-run stand in the final session and helped West Zone to a fighting 250 for eight on the first day of the Duleep Trophy final at the SNR College Cricket Ground in Coimbatore on Wednesday. 

Just four runs shy of his third First-Class hundred, Het reaped the benefits of a judicious mix of patience and intent. Coming in at 64 for four, Het rode out the initial nervy outside edges with four fielders – two slips, a gully and a silly point – on the prowl.  

Het stamped his class halfway into the second session with two fours down the ground off the pacers. The second one – an effortless on-drive facilitated by a high backlift – stood out. The 23-year-old diligently pinched the ones and twos on both sides of the wicket and struck a 108-ball fifty by Tea.  

Despite losing two wickets early in the final session, an undeterred Het saw off the day with Unadkat lending ample support and to add to South’s frustration, showed his range with a stand-and-deliver six over long-on and a pull to midwicket for four.  

Earlier, West Zone skipper Ajinkya Rahane elected to bat on a surface that prompted South Zone to add a pacer to its attack – VC Stephen – and one that was always going to help seamers. Soon, he found his team tottering at 16 for three inside the first six overs in the absence of flamboyant opener Prithvi Shaw. 

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Yashasvi Jaiswal was dismissed for a third consecutive single-digit score as he got a faint inside edge to the keeper playing away from the body to a Stephen delivery that nipped in sharply from a hard length. From the other end, Basil Thampi was rewarded when Rahane got a leading edge to cover, where Ravi Teja held on to an overhead stunner. And in no time, the top three were back in the hut when Stephen, with his unerring length, angled the ball in from over the wicket to trap Priyank Panchal.  

West Zone’s exciting additions to its squad for the final – Shreyas Iyer and Sarfaraz Khan – staged a fightback with a 48-run partnership. Iyer’s struggle against the short ball is perhaps Indian cricket’s worst kept secret and Stephen and Thampi were no strangers to it. Stephen greeted him with a bouncer and Thampi, coming around the wicket, stationed a short-leg straightaway in the following over.

However, Stephen released the pressure by erring too full and Iyer drove down the ground and flicked over midwicket for two fours in the over. With his tail up, Iyer lofted R. Sai Kishore for a six over cover when the spinner was introduced in the 11 th over. After another four off Kishore with a front-foot drive through the covers, Iyer had raced to 25 off 24 balls.  

However, Thampi, bowling the 20 th over, sent a telling reminder that Iyer had not banished his demons. Two menacing bouncers, a miscued pull and a rap on the gloves in front of the helmet later, Iyer only found shelter with a single behind point. Meanwhile, he seemed to have settled into a rhythm against spin until Kishore dragged his length back, turned the ball away wide outside off and lured him into a chip to the cover fielder. Sarfaraz, who had shown uncharacteristic restraint against Kishore and off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham, would have been pleased with his 10 off 75 at the other end. 

Sarfaraz shifted gears early into the second session, laying into Gowtham with a six and four off consecutive deliveries. However, his belligerence was short-lived as he top-edged a sweep to short fine-leg off Kishore after fetching a boundary behind square with the same shot.  

With Sarfaraz gone, Het held fort to ensure South Zone didn’t have much to rejoice thereafter. 

– Dhruva Prasad

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WHERE TO WATCH DULEEP TROPHY 2022-23 FINAL LIVE?

The Duleep Trophy final between West Zone and South Zone will be broadcast by the Star Sports Network from 9:30 AM IST on September 21. The match will also be live streamed on Disney+ Hotstar app.



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