West Zone enter Duleep Trophy final

Updated: 31 January 2009 08:36 IST

West Zone whipped East Zone by eight wickets with more than a day and one session to spare in the Duleep Trophy semi- final at the Brabourne Stadium.

West Zone enter Duleep Trophy final

Mumbai:

West Zone whipped East Zone by eight wickets with more than a day and one session to spare in the Duleep Trophy semi- final at the Brabourne Stadium here on Saturday.

West, leading East by a handy 111 runs in the first innings, dismissed their rivals for a mere 200 in the second essay before lunch on the third day of the four-day match and then rattled up 90 for two to emerge convincing winners.

Parthiv Patel, opening the innings with captain Wasim Jaffer, made a breezy, unbeaten 54 with nine fours in 69 balls to hasten West's victory, 40 minutes before tea.

The left-handed batsman, who atoned for three dropped catches and a missed stumping in the first session, struck Manoj Tiwari for two successive fours to the extra cover region to ring in the victory in style.

West, who lost the wickets of Jaffer (22) and Ajinkya Rahane (9), would take on the winners of the second semi-final played at Rajkot between South Zone and North Zone in the five-day final at Chennai from February 5.

This is West's second successive entry and 32nd overall, into the Duleep final and they have won the crown on 16 occasions, including sharing the trophy three times.

Earlier East, resuming at their overnight second innings score of 128 for three, collapse like a pack of cards against the West attack in which Gujarat pacer Sidharth Trivedi played the stellar role to pick up three of the seven wickets that fell in the first session.

Trivedi ended up with 3 for 50 while Dhawal Kulkarni, who took two wickets last evening, got 3 for 67. Left arm spinner Rajesh Pawar, who claimed six wickets in the first innings and Samad Fallah got two apiece.



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