Ashok Dinda's 8-123 takes East Zone closer to final

East Zone are all set make the final of Duleep Trophy as Bengal paceman Ashok Dinda's eight-for ensured a first-innings lead of 28 runs against North Zone at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground yesterday. The Bengal seamer returned a career-best eight for 123 as the opponents were bundled out for 287 responding to East Zone's score of 315.

Ashok Dinda

At close on the penultimate day, East Zone were well-placed at 120 for one with their lead swelling to 148.
Meanwhile, in Chennai, Naman Ojha (104) and Robin Bist (104 not out) helped Central Zone take a decisive step towards a berth in the final with an overall lead of 488 by close of play on the penultimate day of their semi-final match against South Zone.

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