Syed Mushtaq Ali: Central Zone upset North, while East down South

Central Zone's Karan Sharma (left) celebrates the fall of a North Zone wicket with a teammate during the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tie at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai yesterday. Pic/Suresh Karkera

Central Zone upstaged star-studded North Zone by four runs to remain in the hunt for the title in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 at the Wankhede Stadium here yesterday.

Central, put in to bat, batted reasonably well to score 167-7, and then stopped North, who at one stage threatened to reach the target when Yuvraj Singh (33) lashed three sixes in the 18th over, at 163-6.

Leggie Karn Sharma (3-17) emerged the bowling hero for Central by packing off openers Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan and rival captain. It was Central's second win in three games while they handed their rivals their second defeat in three.

Ishank Jaggi

In the first game of the day, East Zone drubbed South Zone by six wickets with two balls to spare to notch their second win in as many matches. East were powered past the target of 179, set by South, by a whirlwind knock of 90 in 51 balls by Ishank Jaggi.

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