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West, HQ in final today

Guwahati, Jan. 30: West Zone and Headquarters Zone set up tomorrow’s final clash registering wins in the semi-final matches of the 43rd All-India Food Corporation of India Inter-Zonal Cricket Tournament at Nehru Stadium here today.

In the first semi-final, West Zone got the better of their North counterparts by 17 runs in a match, which was truncated to an 18-over-a-side affair owing to bad weather.

Invited to bat, West Zone put up 120 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the stipulated overs. Lower order batsman Rizwan Pathan topscored with an unbeaten 37 runs off 25 balls. Pankaj Thakur was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets for 14 runs in his allotted four overs.

North Zone managed 103 runs before being bundled out in 16.4 overs. Parash Dogra scored a run-a-ball 33. Nitin Salunke and Om Jaiswal picked up three wickets each conceding 28 and 24 runs respectively in four overs each.

Headquarters Zone didn’t face much of a challenge in making their way into the final as they eased past hosts North East Zone by 55 runs.

Headquarters Zone scored 191 runs for the loss of four wickets in 20 overs. Opener Mayank Sidana topscored with 55 runs off 38 deliveries. Ankit Kumar picked up two wickets conceding 39 runs.

In reply, the hosts could only manage 138 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their stipulated overs.

Skipper Rishav Das topscored with 51 runs off 41 balls. Umang Sharma was the wrecker-in-chief with figures of five for 10 runs in three overs while Sanjay Pandey scalped two wickets going for 32 runs in his allotted overs.

Headquarters Zone will play West Zone in the final tomorrow.

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