On the second day of the Duleep Trophy final, South Zone surpassed West Zone’s first-innings total, thanks to Baba Indrajith’s magnificent century and Krishnappa Gowtham’s valiant 43. Thanks to Baba Indrajith’s 118 off 125 balls and Manish Pandey’s (48) contributions.
South Zone finished the second day with 318 for 7, 48 runs ahead of West Zone’s first innings score of 270. (43 off 55 balls).
South Zone was reduced to 243 for 6, but all-rounders Gowtham and T Ravi Teja (26) added 63 for the seventh wicket in 16.1 overs to surpass West Zone’s total.
With the final lasting five days, South Zone still has a long way to go to secure a comfortable lead, which may be impossible with only Teja remaining among the recognized batters.
Big Names Failed To Perform
When Mayank Agarwal came to bat, he was caught in the slip cordon by Yashasvi Jaiswal off the delivery of seamer Atit Seth.
Hanuma Vihari (25), who is in contention for a Test batting position, was also caught in front during their 61-run stand. In contrast, Baba Indrajith was more dominant and was taking on West Zone bowlers.
The Tamil Nadu right-handed batsman produced some breathtaking drives while also working the deliveries pitched on his legs on the on-side.
Star Tamil Nadu batsman’s 13th first-class century included 14 fours and his 105-run partnership with Pandey gave South the advantage. Pandey was caught two runs short of fifty by Mumbai off-spinner Tanush Kotian after hitting four fours and two sixes in quick succession.
The Spinner’s Web
The two competing teams were distinguished by their spinners. While Sai Kishore and Gowtham kept the South Zone into the game, Shams Mulani (0/73 in 14 overs) and Kotian (1/110 in 27 overs) held the West Zone to 183 runs in 41 overs.
The domestic workhorse, Jaydev Unadkat (3/52), did his part and was well supported by former India U-19 player Atit Seth, but Gowtham took the first innings lead after hitting Kotian for consecutive sixes.
West Zone first-inning score: 270 (Het Patel 98, R Sai Kishore 5/86). In their first innings, South Zone scored 318/7 (Baba Indrajith 118, Manish Pandey 48, Krishnappa Gowtham 43, Jaydev Unadkat 3/52, Atit Seth 3/51).