Dulip Trophy: Harshit Rana’s all-around show brings the North Zone back into the game

Marking his first call-up to the Indian U-23 team, Rana had a brisk spell, coming out one by one, first knocking down South’s skipper Hanuma Vihari (0) with a powerful tempo and then trapping Andhra resident Ricky Bhui (0), who was facing him after several consecutive blows.

This came after middle pacer Baltej Singh (2/21 for 7) removed the dangerous Sai Sudharsan (9), who was caught by skipper Jayant Yadav, and senior Karnataka player Ravikumar Samarth (1), who was caught by Prashant Chopra.

South Zone skipper Vihari’s decision to take the field and use any available help on the opening day was justified by his new bowler Vidwath Kaverappa of Karnataka, who made 5/28 for 17.3 overs.

North Zone was in a tight spot, falling to 18/3 in the 14th minute, losing opener Dhruv Shori (11) and opener Prashant Chopra (5) in quick succession. Ankit Kalsi (2) scored one goal for the stump.

Prabhsimran Singh (49 off 52 balls) and Haryana’s Ankit Kumar (33) stopped the rot, creating the fourth wicket for 79 wickets.The slick Punjabi attacked from the opening minutes, making six boundaries and flicking a six over the long-off left-arm spinner R S Kishore.

Once middle pacer KV Sasikanth removed Singh, who was short of a half-century, another collapse occurred as four more players returned to the hut, adding 47 points.

At the score of 144:8 RanaThe West’s offense was led by Atit Shet, who hit 74 of 129 balls.

West came into the match as the overwhelming favorite, thanks to the presence of47252

But Suryakumar was unable to take advantage of the opportunity, as a body shot from the next ball ended up in Jorel’s hands in the slip.

Sarfaraz came to this match riding the mountain of points he had scored over the last three domestic seasons. But on this day, all he could do was last 12 balls to zero, dragging a ball pitched by Mavi back to his stump.

Pujara scored 28 balls in 102 balls and looked poised for a long win. However, Mavi came back and supplanted the experienced batter when West was down 110-6 in the 49th minute. His expansive strike didn’t get past Amandeep Khare in the wide first slip.

The only unpleasant note in this phase of Central’s absolute dominance was the clash between Avesh Khan and Rinku Singh, who went after the skier in Shet’s performance.

Avesh didn’t bowl the rest of the day, and Rinku also had limited participation in the match after that.

Avesh’s absence may have reduced Central’s bowling power, and Sheth took advantage of this in company with Dharmendra Jadeja.

The seventh wicket alliance was resolute, scoring 73 and holding off the tenacious Central bowlers for almost 25 wickets. The stubborn standoff ended when Jadeja was ejected by Saransh Jain.

Mavi soon called the

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