South let East off the hook

Jharkhand batsman Saurabh Tiwary and Orissa all-rounder Basant Mohanty scripted an impressive recovery with an undefeated century-plus stand as East Zone reached 187 for six at stumps after the first day of their Duleep Trophy semifinal against South Zone. 

While Tiwary remained not out on 84, Mohanty did well on his part to remain unbeaten on 51 as they put 121 runs in 32.2 overs for the seventh wicket after East were tottering at 66 for six by the 38th over.

Due to overnight rain and wet outfield conditions, only 70 overs of play was possible on the day.

South Zone skipper Ranganath Vinay Kumar opted to field first as he wanted to make full use of any juice that was available on a track that over the years has always been considered as conducive for batting.

Skipper Vinay led from the front as he dismissed left-handed opener Dheeraj Jadhav for 1 while his new-ball partner Abhimanyu Mithun removed pint-sized Manish Vardhan caught by Manish Pandey in the slip cordon.

Stuart Binny also got into the act removing skipper Nataraj Behera (11) and his deputy Anustup Majumdar (4) in quick succession as East were reduced to 21 for four within first 13 overs.

Tiwary was joined by Biplab Samantray (6) but they were pushed to the backoot as South bowlers did a good job during that phase. Samantray’s 44-ball vigil ended with an edge off Mithun. Soon, Shiv Prakash Gautam became left-arm spinner KP Appanna’s first victim.

Tottering at 66/6, Mohanty and Tiwary joined hands as they slowly but surely resurrected the innings. Left-handed Tiwary played 162 balls for his unbeaten 84 hitting 10 fours and a six in the process.

Score Board

EAST ZONE (I Innings): Manish Vardhan c Pandey b Mithun 5, Dheeraj Ja­d­hav c Verma b Vinay 1, Natraj Behe­ra c Vinay b Binny 11, Anustup Ma­j­­u­mdar c Gautam b Binny 4, Saurabh Tiwary (batting) 84, Biplab Sama­nt­ray c Gautam b Mithun 6, Shiv Gautam c Gautam b Appanna 11, Basant Mohanty (batting) 51. Extras (B-8, LB-5, W-1) 14. Total (for 6 wkts; 70 overs) 187.

Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-15, 3-21, 4-21, 5-38, 6-66. 

Bowling: R Vinay Kumar 14-3-29-1, A Mithun 17-3-43-2, Stuart Binny 13-3-40-2, R Prasanna 2-2-0-0, KP Appanna 13-4-30-1, R Aushik Srinivas 6-0-16-0, Amit Verma 2-0-8-0, Abhinav Mukund 3-0-8-0.

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