On comeback trail, Ajinkya Rahane slams double ton in Duleep Trophy

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On comeback trail, Ajinkya Rahane slams double ton in Duleep Trophy
On comeback trail, Ajinkya Rahane slams double ton in Duleep Trophy

On comeback trail, Ajinkya Rahane slams double ton in Duleep Trophy

On a comeback trail, India Test discard Ajinkya Rahane and Yashasvi Jaiswal hammered double centuries as West Zone put a pedestrian North East Zone attack to the sword by amassing 590 for two in their Duleep Trophy quarter-final on Friday.

When given the opportunity to bat, Rahane (batting 207), and Jaiswal (batting 228) played with the North East bowling lineup and amassed 333 runs for the second wicket.

The elegant Rahane, who has produced some great Test innings, appeared to relish the shot in the middle as he ploughed through the North East bowling. Rahane, who isn’t known for being a six-hitter, sent six over the rope in addition to his 22 fours to establish his dominance on the second day.

Prithvi Shaw was the first player to be dismissed by the other team earlier in the day when Ashish Thapa was caught behind by spinner Ankur Malik for a quick 113. Together with Jaiswal, he had put up 206 for the first wicket.

After picking up where they left off on a wet first day, the pair quickly added another 90 runs after resuming at 116 for no loss.

Following a reprieve on 80, Shaw increased his tonne with a shot to the point area before losing against the flow of the game to Ankur Malik.

Rahane made sure that the North East bowlers’ woes persisted since he needed runs to make a comeback into the Test team. The slick right-handed hitter appeared to enjoy his time in the middle and waded into the opposition’s bowling with the gifted Jaiswal.

When Malik missed a catch off his own bowling, Jaiswal also had a reprieve. Jaiswal nonetheless achieved his double century in 281 balls as the duo continued to score runs at will.

Jaiswal’s stint at the crease was put to an end by Jonathan Rongsen’s off-spin bowling when he was caught for 228 by Bishworjit Singh.

Rahul Tripathi (batting 25) quickly put together a 51-run partnership with Rahane in the middle.

At the end of the day’s play, Shaw stated it was wonderful to score the century and noted that it was crucial to maintain focus despite the subpar bowling assault.

“I think it was special for me because after training so much and giving myself time, good to score a century.”

He also sought to downplay the inexperienced bowling attack and said, “To be honest, if they are playing at this kind of level they must have done something. They have potential, that’s why they are playing here.

“First 20-25 overs they bowled well. Obviously, Yash (Jaiswal) and Ajju bhai getting those doubles (centuries)… I think you just need one ball to get out. We need to focus and prepare for it.”

Asked how important this domestic season was for him after he found himself on the sidelines of the national team a few seasons ago, Shaw said, “I feel every match is important for me. I am a guy who is a team man. Whichever opportunity comes I will try to grab it.”

Brief scores: West Zone 590 for 2 in 123 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 228, Ajinkya Rahane 207 batting, Prithvi Shaw 113) vs North East Zone.

Virat Singh ton helps East Zone make 397 vs North

Young batsmen Yash Dhull, age 35, and Manan Vohra, age 20, led a potent North Zone response in Puducherry’s other quarterfinal, cruising to 65 for no loss after East Zone had scored 397 in their first innings.

After resuming at 179 for three overnight, East Zone reached a first-innings total of 397 thanks to a superb century by Virat Singh (117) and a 62 by all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed.

After putting on 77 runs with Virat Singh, East’s skipper Manoj Tiwary (27) was bowled by Nishant Sindhu. But Singh and Shahbaz Ahmed’s contributions helped East to a respectable total.

Hard-working pacer Navdeep Saini and left-arm spinner Nishant Sindhu each took three wickets for North. Also helping to significantly prevent East from reaching the 400-run threshold.

Dhull, who earlier this year guided India to victory in the Under-19 ICC World Cup. He displayed class with a flurry of boundaries in his knock of 35 to lead the North Zone counterattack.

Brief scores: East Zone 397 all out in 136.4 overs (Virat Singh 117, Shahbaz Ahmed 62, Sudip Kumar Gharami 68, Nishant Sindhu 3 for 64, Navdeep Saini 3 for 83) vs North Zone (Yash Dhull 35 batting).