CENTRAL ZONE

  • Didn't know selectors were present: Baba Aparajith November 29, 2014

    Mumbai: After starring in South Zone's comprehensive 116-run victory with plenty of overs to spare over Central Zone in the Deodhar Trophy quarter final here today, century-maker Baba Aparajith said he was not aware the national selectors were watching the game. "I got a hundred in my debut game of Deodhar...
  • Baba Aparajith ton helps South Zone whip Central to enter semis November 29, 2014

    Mumbai: Riding on Baba Aparajith's splendid century, South Zone crushed a hapless Central Zone by 116 runs with 13.3 overs to spare in the Deodhar Trophy quarter final at the Wankhede Stadium, here today. Aparajith, who batted at no.3, compiled a stroke-filled 105-ball 113 runs, laced with 2 sixes and eight...
  • South Zone face Central Zone in Deodhar opener November 28, 2014

    Mumbai: South Zone have a chance to avenge their loss to Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy final earlier this month when the two teams line up here tomorrow at the Wankhede Stadium in the quarter final of the five-day Deodhar Trophy limited overs tournament. South had lost to Central in...
  • Vijay Hazare trophy: Karn Sharma, Asad Pathan shine in Railways' straight win November 10, 2014

    Nagpur: Leggie Karn Sharma celebrated his India call-up by guiding Railways to a five-wicket win over Madhya Pradesh in a Central Zone match of the Vijay Hazare one-day tournament on Monday. Sharma, who has been selected for India's remaining two ODIs against Sri Lanka and the tour of Australia, took three...
  • Skipper Vinay Kumar rues poor batting by South Zone November 2, 2014

    New Delhi: South Zone skipper Vinay Kumar blamed his batsmen for the Duleep Trophy final defeat to Central Zone at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday. With nine wickets in hand, South needed only 117 runs to win the final on the fifth and final day but Central bowlers triggered a dramatic...
  • Central Zone stun South Zone in thrilling Duleep Trophy final November 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Central Zone spinners, led by captain Piyush Chawla, weaved magic on a helpful track to steer the team to the Duleep Trophy title with a thrilling nine-run triumph over South Zone on Sunday. Chasing a victory target of 301, South needed 117 runs on the final day with nine...
  • Duleep Trophy final: It was more challenging to bat in 2nd innings, says KL Rahul November 1, 2014

    New Delhi: KL Rahul refused to do a comparative analysis of the two centuries he scored in the Duleep Trophy final but admitted batting in the second innings was "more challenging with the pitch becoming slower". "The ball was not coming onto the bat as there was variable bounce. The odd...
  • Made amends for first innings’ miss: Robin Bist November 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Central Zone batsman Robin Bist, who scored an unbeaten 112 to help the team set a 301-run target against South Zone on the fourth day of the Duleep Trophy cricket final at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Saturday, said that he made amends for missing a hundred in the...
  • Duleep Trophy: Lokesh Rahul hits another ton as South in firm control November 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Opener K L Rahul continued his dream form as he blazed his way to a brilliant unbeaten 121 after a classy 185 in the first innings as South Zone looked in cruise control in pursuit of 301 against Central in the Duleep Trophy final, here on Saturday. At stumps,...
  • Duleep Trophy final: Exciting finish on cards as Central Zone make comeback October 31, 2014

    New Delhi: After two days of shoddy performance, Central Zone finally lifted their game on Friday to grab a crucial lead and ensure that the Duleep Trophy final against South Zone heads for an exciting finish with a couple of days still left. After Ali Murtaza and Piyush Chawla rattled the...
  • I have learnt a lot from AB de Villiers: Lokesh Rahul October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Batsman Lokesh Rahul is sure not making comparisons with his namesake, Rahul Dravid, seriously but the talented Karnataka opener is keen to emulate South African ODI captain AB de Villiers in style of play. "I would be proud if I can score as many runs as Rahul Dravid by...
  • MS Dhoni told me there's nothing 'lucky or unlucky': Pankaj Singh October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Pankaj Singh might not be best pacer that India has ever produced but no one can ever question the commitment of this lion-hearted bowler from Rajasthan. But if you speak to Pankaj about being distinctly unlucky during his debut Test match against England at Southampton, the lanky bowler will...
  • Lokesh Rahul's ton gives South Zone lead over Central Zone in Duleep Trophy final October 30, 2014

    Karnataka batsman Lokesh Rahul gave the selectors some food for thought before the upcoming Australia tour after the opener struck a classy century to give South Zone a vital first innings lead against Central Zone on Day 2 of the Duleep Trophy final on Thursday. Responding to Central's first innings score...
  • South Zone restrict Central Zone to 237/7 in Duleep Trophy final October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: South Zone bowlers dished out a decent show to restrict Central Zone to 237 for 7 in 87 overs on the first day of the Duleep Trophy final at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Wednesday. For Central, Robin Bist (79) steadied the ship with contributions from Faiz Fazal (49) and...
  • National selectors keep an eye on Duleep Trophy final October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian cricket team hopefuls, who are playing in the ongoing Duleep Trophy final here, saw reasons for extra motivation when two national selectors - Saba Karim and Vikram Rathour - arrived at the Ferozeshah Kotla to monitor the performance of the players on Wednesday. The South vs Central Zone...
  • Duleep Trophy Final: Talented Central zone take on South October 28, 2014

    New Delhi: A talented Central Zone team led by Piyush Chawla is aiming to come out firing all cylinders when it squares off with an equally combative South Zone side in the final of the Duleep Trophy, starting here on Wednesday. While South Zone crushed East by an innings and 118...
  • Learnt from Dhoni, Virat to play game that suits me: Robin Uthappa October 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Robin Uthappa has come out as a completely changed batsman this season and the Karnataka opener attributes his consistent scores on "staying true to his skills" just like India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli. "I believe that I have evolved as a batsman. I have learnt enough...
  • Duleep Trophy: Central Zone set up final against South October 25, 2014

    Mohali: Central Zone proceeded to the Duleep Trophy final with a first innings lead over North Zone as the four-day semi-final ended in a draw at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here Saturday. Central will now face South Zone, who defeated East Zone Friday, in the five-day final beginning Oct 29...
  • Duleep Trophy: Gambhir hits ton, North Zone short of Central's first innings score October 24, 2014

    Mohali: Skipper Gautam Gambhir's 37th first-class century might have made his case stronger for an India comeback but his knock could not help North Zone overhaul Central Zone's imposing first innings score on Day 3 of the four-day Duleep Trophy semi-final on Friday. Responding to Central's first innings score of 538,...
  • Central Zone reign supreme after Naman Ojha double ton in Duleep Trophy semis October 24, 2014

    Mohali: Wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha continued from where he left on the opening day to notch up his second double ton in first-class cricket this year to help Central Zone amass 538 on Day 2 of the four-day Duleep Trophy semi-final match against North Zone on Thursday. In reply, North ended Thursday...
  • Duleep Trophy: Saxena, Naman sent North Zone bowlers on a leatherhunt October 22, 2014

    Mohali: Central Zone's MP duo of Jalaj Saxena and wicketkeeper batsman Naman Ojha took full advantage of dropped catches sending an inexperienced North Zone attack to the cleaners as they posted 344 for three at stumps, on the first day of their Duleep Trophy semi-final, here on Wednesday. Opener Jalaj struck...
  • Pragyan Ojha scalps six as South Zone enter Duleep Trophy final October 13, 2013

    Chennai: Test specialist Pragyan Ojha's deadly spell (6 for 48) of leftarm spin bowling enabled South Zone record a crushing innings and 38 runs victory over Central Zone to clinch a place in the Duleep Trophy final. South Zone, who had virtually sealed a final berth on the third day itself...
  • Mukund, Aparajith tons give South Zone upper hand October 12, 2013

    Chennai: Skipper Abhinav Mukund and Baba Aparajith smashed hundreds as South Zone took a firm grip of the Duleep trophy semifinal against Central Zone by reaching 479/9, which gave them a 258run lead on the third and penultimate day of the match here Saturday. Resuming at overnight 137/2, Mukund (111) and...
  • South Zone on top against Central Zone in Duleep semis October 11, 2013

    Chennai: South Zone took a commanding position in the Duleep Trophy semifinal as they skittled out Central Zone for a mere 209 before reaching 137 for two in reply on the second day of the match, here Friday. Resuming at the overnight 123 for 5, Central Zone kept losing wickets at...
  • Duleep Trophy semis: Abhimanyu Mithun put South in command vs Central October 11, 2013

    Chennai: An incisive spell of seam bowling by Karnataka's Abhimanyu Mithun helped South Zone reduce Central Zone to 123 for 5 on a raincurtailed first day of the Duleep Trophy semifinal on Thursday. Only 50.2 overs of play was possible on the day with Uttar Pradesh's beefy lefthander Mukul Dagar scoring...
  • South Zone takes on Central Zone in Duleep Trophy October 9, 2013

    Chennai: After notching up a massive win over West Zone last week, South Zone will look for an encore when they clash with last year's finalists, Central Zone in the second semifinal of the Duleep Trophy here Wednesday. The fourday tie promises to be an intriguing contest involving two skippers...
  • South beat Central by 1st innings lead in Duleep Trophy October 6, 2013

    Chennai: Former champions South Zone progressed to the semifinal of the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament by pipping West Zone by virtue of a 313run first innings lead after their fourday quarterfinal match ended in a draw here Sunday. South Zone will now play Central Zone in the last four game here...
  • Yuvraj, Unmukt propel North Zone to Deodhar Trophy final March 11, 2013

    Guwahati: Half-centuries by senior pro Yuvraj Singh and the talented Unmukt Chand helped North Zone cruise to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Central Zone to enter the Deodhar Trophy final, here on Monday. North will meet the winner of the second semi-final between South Zone and West Zone scheduled to...
  • Duleep Trophy: East clinch 2nd successive title October 25, 2012

    Chennai: Bengal's leftarm spinner Iresh Saxena and parttime legbreak bowler Anustup Majumdar shared nine wickets between them as East Zone won their second successive Duleep Trophy title beating Central Zone by virtue of 43run first innings lead. In reply to East Zone's first innings score of 232, almost all the Central...
  • Tanmay keeps Central Zone's hopes alive October 24, 2012

    Chennai: Opener Tanmay Srivastava kept Central Zone's hopes of Duleep Trophy title alive with a patient 46 not out as his side ended the fourth day of the summit clash against East Zone at 74 for 2 in their first innings here on Wednesday. Srivastava had already consumed 126 balls in...