Rayudu does it for West

Guwahati: West Zone retained the Deodhar Trophy defeating North Zone by five wickets, at the Nehru Stadium, here, on Wednesday.

Put into bat, North capitalised on West's sloppy fielding to post a challenging 289 for eight in 50 overs.

The West batsmen, however, made up for the misses by cashing in on a afternoon flat track with some solid partnerships to pile up 293 for five with 10 balls to spare.

It was youngster Unmukt Chand (88) and Yuvraj Singh (67) who entertained the 5000-strong crowd with their batting fireworks.

Unmukt gave a solid opening to the North innings sharing a 59-run partnership with Chandan Madan but the side lost two wicket wickets in Madan and captain Gautam Gambhir (9) to be reduced to 72 for two in 19.1 overs.

However, the duo of Chand and Yuvraj shared a partnership of 120 runs for the third wicket before Yuvraj was caught plumb in front by Jaydev Unadkat triggering a middle-order collapse. Three quick wickets feel in quick succession for only 33 runs.

Tailenders Parvez Rasool and Manpreet Singh Gony shared a partnership of 44 runs for the eighth wicket before Gony played Unadkat straight back to help him run out Rasool in the penultimate ball of the innings. Rasool scored 32 off 26 balls, laced with two fours and a six.

In reply, Maharashtra teenager Vijay Zol fell early as Gambhir's game plan of opening the bowling with Rasool worked initially.

Captain Parthiv Patel and Manprit Juneja shared an 87-run partnership for the second wicket before Patel holed out to Mandeep Singh off Amit Mishra.

However, Ambati Rayudu saw it through sharing 46 runs with Juneja for the fourth wicket and 87 runs for the fifth with Kedar Jadhav. Rayudu. adjudged Man of the Match, remained unbeaten on 78 off 89 balls. Rayudu played a gem of an innings showing great maturity.

The match seemingly was going out of West's hand after the dismissal of Juneja and Yusuf Pathan, but Jadhav and Abhishek Nayar showed enough maturity giving ample support to Rayudu.

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