A century by Riyan Parag and a five-wicket haul by Manisankar Murasingh fired East Zone to a 157-run victory over the West Zone in Deodhar Trophy match here on Tuesday
Riyan Parag (Pic: Twitter/RajasthanRoyals)
A century by Riyan Parag (102) and a superb five-wicket haul by Manisankar Murasingh fired East Zone to a massive 157-run victory over the West Zone in Deodhar Trophy match here on Tuesday.
After Parag's blitzkrieg (102* off 68 balls) powered the East Zone to a huge 319/7 in their 50 overs, Murasingh ran riot in the West Zone ranks to help his side to a huge win.
Chasing 320, the West Zone side was bowled out for a mere 162 in 34 overs with the 30-year-old Tripura all-rounder Murasingh returning a stunning spell of 7-1-28-5.
Utkarsh Singh also played an all-round role by scoring a half-century and taking three wickets.
For the losing side, Saurashtra opener Harvik Desai waged a lone battle, scoring 92, but his effort went in vain as Murasingh broke the back of their chase.
Murasingh struck his first, crucial blow in the fifth over when he pinned Rahul Tripathi (1) in front of the wickets.
Earlier, Akash Deep had removed Samarth Vyas (12) in the third over.
Murasingh piled up further misery on Sarfaraz Khan -- who has been struggling for form and runs -- when he cleaned up the Mumbai batter for a mere nine-ball three in the seventh over.
West Zone slipped further when No. 5 batter Kathan Patel was caught by Parag off Murasingh in the ninth over.
The outcome of the contest was almost sealed in favour of the East Zone when Murasingh struck once again, taking a return catch off Shivam Dube's bat to send him back for a five-ball duck, in the 12th over.
Shams Mulani (12) and Atit Sheth (18) tried to delay the inevitable in the company of Desai, but their resistance did not last long.
Utkarsh then chipped in with a measly spell of 5-1-16-3, maintaining his team's dominance in the contest.
West Zone captain Priyank Panchal suffered an injury during the game and could only bat at No 11.
In the first half of the game, Parag stole the show with his second century in last three matches while Utkarsh and Kumar Kushagra struck vital fifties.
The left-handed Utkarsh scored 50 (52 balls, 7x4s) -- his second fifty in the competition -- but Abhimanyu Easwaran perished for 38 at the top.
Virat Singh made a fine 42 at No. 3 but Rishav Das (3) and captain Saurabh Tiwary (13) were dismissed cheaply as East Zone were placed precariously at 157 for five at one stage.
But for the second time in the Deodhar Trophy, the pair of Parag and Kushagra (53 from 47 balls, 4x6s) came to East Zone's rescue.
The two batters put on 150 runs for the sixth wicket to revive East Zone once again on Tuesday, having done so earlier in the competition when they amassed 235 runs for the sixth wicket against the North Zone.
The win took East Zone to the second spot in the points table, and they are now tied with table-toppers South Zone with 16 points each.
(With PTI inputs)