[Scorecard] IND DEODHAR: West Zone v South Zone, 8 Nov 1995

[Scorecard] IND DEODHAR: West Zone v South Zone, 8 Nov 1995

Post by The Cricket Information Serv » Sat, 11 Nov 1995 04:00:00

DEODHAR: West Zone v South Zone
Indira Gandhi Stadium, Alwar, 8 November 1995

Dravid & Robin Singh fashion South`s easy win - Rakesh Rao

Rahul Dravid and Robin  Singh   followed   the   path   of   non-
*** and led South Zone to a six-wicket triumph. During their
match-winning century stand, they showed that when amiable   ways
can  work,  there  is no need for aggression. That was the lesson
West Zone must have learnt on Wednesday after the  Pepsi  Deodhar
Trophy tie.

In sharp contrast to the suicidal  ways  adopted  by   the   West
batsmen,  Dravid  (66,  not out, three 4s) and Robin (53, two 6s)
batted in a rather laid-back fashion without losing sight of  the
target  which  stood at 188. Their chanceless association of 117,
beginning at 62 for three, ended West`s hopes of  defending  what
at one stage appeared a fighting total of 187 for nine.

Right approach

Dravid again showed that he could bat as per the  requirement  of
the wicket and need of the hour. So restrained was Dravid that he
did not hit a boundary before reaching   his   half-century.   He
knew  the  ball  was not coming on to the bat and rightly checked
his urge to go for the strokes. Not once did he play in the   air
and  collected  his three 4s, including the one which decided the
result, to the mid-wicket fence.

The finale was just perfect since it was truly Dravid`s day.   In
the  morning, too, Dravid was in the thick of action after he had
to double up as a wicket-keeper as  his  Karnataka colleague Avi-
nash  Vaidya  failed  to recover from a back injury suffered dur-
ing yesterday`s excelled in his new role and made sure  that  his
skipper did not miss Vaidya.  He did not concede a single bye be-
sides stumping Sugwekar and Bahutule before holding an easy skier
off the last ball of the innings to complete Ankola`s dismissal.

It may be recalled that last month at Nagpur, South  had  to take
the   field  without  a regular keeper as Avinash Vaidya was away
playing for the Board President`s XI  against  the  visiting  New
Zealanders.   On  that  day,  Hyderabad`s M. V.  Sridhar had kept
wickets but not as well as Dravid did today.

Coming back to South`s innings,  Robin  Singh,   on   the   other
hand, matched Dravid`s ways. This south-paw from Tamil Nadu, how-
ever, did not let go of two opportunities to send the ball   over
the  ropes. Nilesh Kulkarni was the man to suffer on both the oc-
casions with the ball landing close to the sight screen and again
over  the mid-wicket boundary.  It was his hurry to finish of the
match that cost him his wicket.  In trying for his third six, off
the same bowler, Robin holed out to Parsana.

Before the duo got  their   peaceful   act   together,   it   was
skipper  W.   V.  Raman  (45, 40 balls, one 6, seven 4s), who had
squashed West`s  hopes  of  some  early  success.  He  did in   a
whirlwind fashion, choosing Paras Mhambrey and Hitesh Parsana for
special treatment.

After hitting three of his first  four  4s  off  Mhambrey,  Raman
turned  his attention on Parsana and hit him for 10 runs, includ-
ing two 4s in his first over. Off the second, Raman hit the first
ball  to  the midwicket fence. In keeping with the public demand,
Raman repeated the shot and this time  sent  the ball  over   the
ropes.  However,  Raman  fell in the same over with Mhambrey col-
lecting a skier at long-on.

This dismissal at 54, followed by the exits of Vasu (9)   and  V.
V.    S.   Laxman  (1)  reduced South to 63 for three in the 17th
over before Dravid and Robin joined hands.

Of the West bowlers, only Sairaj Bahutule and  Salil  Ankola  had
flattering   analysis   since  they  were  the ones who completed
their spells during the 28-overs period when Dravid and Robin did
not hit a single boundary.

Muzumdar bats well

Earlier, only Amol Muzumdar (82, six 4s)  and  Bhave  showed  the
way   to   bat,   on  a  soft wicket after their skipper Shantanu
Sugwekar elected to bat. After their second wicket stand  of   88
runs  ended in the 28th over at 94, with Bhave falling to a bril-
liant diving catch by David Johnson at gully,  the   middle-order
fell  cheaply  for a second time in as amny matches. Another blow
for West was that Atul Bedade had to sit out for the match as  he
could  not  recover in time from an injury he had suffered on his
right hand.

Muzumdar  played  like  he   was   always   expected   to.   With
stroke-making  not  very easy on a wicket and and the ball tended
to keep low at one end, Muzumdar  showed  the  kind  of  patience
needed  to stay in the middle and found his runs with ease in the
circumstances. He could not show his range of strokes but came up
with  some  splendid  drives,  and a square cut off Kanwaljit was
indeed the shot of the match. He was eighth out when in sight  of
his century, trapped leg before by one that kept low.

If the total could get a semblance of respectability, it was  be-
cause   of   the  sequence  of  4,  2, 2, 4, 4, 2, which Mhambrey
managed off Sunil Oasis in the penultimate over. But at  the  end
of  the  day,  Mhambrey  was  surely not a pleased man even as he
prepared to join the Indian squad for the first one-day  Interna-
tional at Jamshedpur.

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Result: South Zone won by 6 wickets.

WEST ZONE innings
H Kinikar                                b Johnson              1
S Bhave               c Dravid           b Ananthapadmanabhan  45
A Muzumdar            lbw                b Oasis               82
*S Sugwekar           st Dravid          b Ananthapadmanabhan   3
A Kale                run out                                   6
+S Dighe              c Oasis            b Kanwaljit Singh      1
S Bahutule            st Dravid          b Vasu                 3
H Parsana                            c & b Oasis                4
S Ankola              c Dravid           b Robin Singh         15
P Mhambrey            not out                                  20
Extras                (lb 3, nb 1, w 3)                         7
TOTAL                 (9 wickets, 50 overs)                   187

FoW: 1-6, 2-94, 3-100, 4-112, 5-113,
     6-126, 7-143, 8-157, 9-187.

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Vasu                        10      4     19      1
Johnson                      6      2     20      1
Robin Singh                  7      0     38      1
Oasis                        7      0     43      2
Kanwaljit Singh             10      0     31      1
Ananthapadmanabhan          10      0     33      2

SOUTH ZONE innings
D Vasu                c Bhave            b Ankola               9
*WV Raman             c Mhambrey         b Parsana             45
VVS Laxman            st Dighe           b Bahutule             1
+R Dravid             not out                                  66
Robin Singh           c Parsana          b Kulkarni            53
S Sharath             not out                                   0
Extras                (lb 9, nb 4, w 4)                        17
TOTAL                 (4 wickets, 48.3 overs)                 191

FoW: 1-54, 2-59, 3-62, 4-179.

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Ankola                      10      3     25      1
Mhambrey                     9.3    2     40      0
Parsana                     10      0     44      1
Bahutule                    10      0     24      1
Kulkarni                     9      0     49      1

Source :: The Hindu