East chasing historic victory against North

East Zone reached 213 for 3 in the second innings on the fourth day of the Duleep Trophy cricket final against North Zone.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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Mohali:East Zone were looking for a historic win as they reached 213 for three in the second innings on the fourth day of the Duleep Trophy cricket final against North Zone at the PCA Stadium here today. First innings centurion Kiran Powar was batting on 51 with night-watchman Sourasishi Lahiri on one at the other end at stumps, leaving East needing another 196 to record their first Duleep Trophy victory with seven wickets in hand. The hosts, bowled out for 400 in the morning, have their chances too and East might be hampered by the fact that their experienced Shiv Sunder Das is nursing a torn calf-muscle. The Test batsman did not open the batting after being off the field during North's second innings. But it was poor cricket from the home team as they first failed to consolidate on the solid foundation laid by Yuvraj Singh yesterday, and then dropped four simplest chances besides a number of fielding lapses to allow East dictate terms. In a match that has been full of ironies, Yuvraj Singh was the culprit on two occasions, although Rohan Gavaskar, the batsman to benefit from the reprieves, was dismissed before the close of play. The other chance, floored by Ajay Ratra off Kiran Powar while the batsman was on 21, though seems to hurt them already. Skipper Dinesh Mongia will also be at a disadvantage as the second new ball is more than 20 overs due and only one specialist spinner, Sarandeep Singh, in the team. (PTI)

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