Hyderabad: Uttar Pradesh all-rounder Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s gutsy century helped him script an unbelievable comeback for his side Central Zone as they are 10 runs shy of taking an all-important lead against North Zone in the Duleep Trophy semi-final on Tuesday.
After North scored a commendable 451, Central rode on Bhuvneshwar’s unbeaten 120 (12x4, 3x6) to reach 442 for nine at the end of the third day. In fact, the 10th wicket partnership between Bhuvneshwar and Rituraj Singh, who is batting on 21, yielded an 100 runs. The fact that these runs came in less than 22 overs is laudable.
While this match will always be remembered for Yuvraj Singh’s double hundred, Bhuvneshwar’s innings is no mean achievement considering he batted with the tail for the better part of his innings. A win will certainly make his maiden first class century even more memorable.
Starting the day at 146 for five, captain Mohammed Kaif (64) and Mahesh Rawat (71, 131 balls, 9x4) took the score to 219 before the former India player was dismissed.