South struggles on Day 2

The second day of the match between North and South zones at the interzonal cricket tournament saw a reversal in the fortunes of the two teams. While South, who put up a towering 289 in their first innings, are struggling in their second, North seems to be edging towards a likely victory.

After a few early dismissals on Day 1, North was brought back into the game by a century from Bokaro boy Kumar Deobrat. Deobrat teamed up with Sumit Kumar to add 96 crucial runs for the sixth wicket. By the time Deobrat fell to Quadri at an individual score of 107 runs, he had already steered his team out of danger zone. North went on to register 296 runs in reply to South's 289.

North's case was further helped by a dismal show of batting by the South team. South spinners Kaushal Kumar and Rajender Sharma prevailed over the North batsmen from the outset and openers Vishal Singh and Rameez Nemat were sent back cheaply.

The middle order faltered and Ashish Yadav and Chandan Singh, who had contributed 52 and 91 runs respectively in the first innings, failed to reach double figures in their second outing. Chandan, who had impressed the spectators with his sterling performance in the first innings, was dismissed for a duck by Kaushal Kumar.

Sumitabh Kumar and Rohit Raj tried to build a partnership for the fifth wicket before Rohit was caught leg before on a delivery by Rajender. Kamal and Quadri added 23 runs for the seventh wicket before Quadri fell to seamer Prem Kumar.

At the end of day 2, South went in at the score 107 runs with three wickets in hand. With two days left of the four-day match, the North team will be looking to dismiss the remaining wickets cheaply and chase down a low total.


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