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North in final

Visakhapatnam: Rajat Paliwal struck an unbeaten century before Jammu and Kashmir off-spinner Parvez Rasool (3/15) produced a brilliant spell as North Zone scored a comprehensive 100-run victory over South Zone to advance to the Deodhar Trophy final, here, on Monday.

Put in to bat, North Zone recovered from a precarious 63 for four in the 21st over to post a challenging 265 for seven, thanks to Paliwal’s 113-ball 107 not out and Gurkeerat Singh’s 66-ball 77 in the first semi-final.

The highlight of the North Zone innings was the 151-run stand for the fifth wicket between Paliwal and Gurkeerat. Paliwal, who came at the crease when his team was wobbling at 40 for three in the 15th over, struck eight fours and two sixes, while Gurkeerat had six fours and four sixes in his innings.

Opener Prashant Chopra contributed 34, while India discard Gautam Gambhir could only score two runs from 12 balls.

Chasing a target of 266, South Zone began well with their openers Robin Uthappa (47) and Baba Aparijath (21) putting on 72 runs for the first wicket. But they suffered a batting collapse to be shot out for 165 in 36.3 overs.