The South Zone bowlers put in an impressive performance to limit the West Zone to 250 for eight on day one of the 2022 Duleep Trophy Finals in Coimbatore on Wednesday 21 September.
West Zone won the toss and elected to strike first. However, they were reduced to 16 for three by the sixth over. The wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and the West Zone was in danger of being knocked out for under 200. However, Het Patel (96*) played a terrific shot to give the innings some respectability.
For the south zone, R Sai Kishore claimed three for 80, while Cheepurapalli Stephen and Basil Thampi picked up two wickets each.
The west zone got off to a disappointing start as Yashasvi Jaiswal (one) was caught by bowling Stephen in the second set of the game. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane also perished cheaply for eight years. He took the lead attempting a flick and was brilliantly caught by T Ravi Teja at Thampi bowling.
Priyank Panchal, who came into the playing XI after Prithvi Shaw was chosen for India’s A team, was next to go. He was trapped lbw by Stephen for seven years.
Shreyas Iyer and Sarfaraz Khan gave hope to the West Zone by offering some resistance. However, both fell after they started. After scoring 37, Shreyas chipped Sai Kishore to cover, while Sarfaraz (34) dominated a left arm spinner sweep.
Sarfaraz’s sacking saw West Zone lose half their side for 99 on day one of the 2022 Duleep Trophy Final. Sai Kishore quickly landed his third when he trapped Shams Mulani’s leg earlier for a duck 10 balls.
Het Patel, Jaydev Unadkat keeps South Zone bowlers at bay
Patel made sure the south zone didn’t cross into the west zone lower, playing a challenging shot. His 96 pitches out came from 178 balls and featured six fours outside of a six. Atit Sheth scored a valuable 25 and was involved in a 63-run seventh-wicket stand with Patel. The partnership was severed when Sheth clipped Thampi to the leg slip.
Krishnappa Gowtham then represented Tanush Kotian (two). However, Patel and Jaydev Unadkat (39* from 64) ensured the West Zone went to the stumps without any further loss of wickets. The duo had added an unbroken total of 83 from 21 overs by the end of the day.