West Zone and North Zone have qualified for the semi-finals of the Duleep Trophy 2022. Both teams drew their respective quarter-final matches against North East Zone and East Zone, respectively. However, the two sides progressed to the next round after claiming the crucial first-innings lead.
West Zone went into Day 4 of the first quarter-final in Chennai with a massive 367-run lead over North East Zone with nine wickets in hand. They had some good batting practice and reached 268 for five in 64.3 overs in their second innings when the game ended in a draw.
Atit Sheth smashed an impressive 102 not out in 101 balls, striking 10 fours and a six. Shams Mulani fell just short of three figures. He was dismissed for 97 off 115 balls, an innings that featured 12 fours. The duo added 179 runs for the fifth wicket.
Earlier, resuming on 12 for one, West Zone lost three wickets and were reduced to 65 for four. Rahul Tripathi and Hardik Tamore scored 24 each before being dismissed, while Chirag Jani was back in the hut for four. For North East Zone, Dippu Sangma claimed three for 70 and Bishworjit Konthoujam two for 39.
West Zone opener Yashasvi Jaiswal was named Player of the Match in the first quarter-final of the Duleep Trophy 2022. He smashed 228 off 321 balls in the first innings with the aid of 22 fours and three sixes.
North Zone post 545 in first innings against East Zone in 2nd quarter-final of Duleep Trophy 2022
In the second quarter-final in Puducherry, North Zone posted 545 in their first innings in response to East Zone’s 397. North Zone had already taken the significant first-innings lead on Day 3. They resumed their innings of 433 for three, with Himanshu Rana batting on 62* and Mandeep Singh on 34*.
Rana’s innings ended on 81 off 149 balls, while skipper North Zone skipper Mandeep made 63 before being dismissed. East Zone fought back well to bowl out the opposition for 545 in the Duleep Trophy quarter-final as Shahbaz Ahmed claimed five for 86. However, it was a case of too little too late.
East Zone were 102 for three after 21 overs when the match ended in a draw.