Bharti steers North Zone to facile nine-wicket victory over Central Zone

Mankoo helps West Zone win

In another match, Jasbir Mankoo produced a superb all-round performance (30 runs and 3 for 12) to steer West Zone to an easy 29-run win over South Zone.

West Zone won the toss and opted to bat first. Vinod Kini looked in terrific form and played a hurricane knock of 41 off just 25 deliveries to give a rousing start to the team. His knock included two boundaries and an equal number of sixes. Jasbir Mankoo (30) and Jitendra Ingle (25) then kept the scoreboard ticking with intelligent batting as West Zone put 141 runs on the board for the loss of nine wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Harish Purthan was the most successful bowler for South Zone with 3 for 18.

In reply, the South Zone team kept losing wickets at regular interval and never looked good to chase the total against a disciplined West Zone bowling attack. Vinod Kini and Ashish Dudi bowled economical spells to keep the run flow in check. Then, left-arm spinner Mankoo captured three wickets as the South Zone team was restricted to 112 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs.

Brief scores:

West Zone: 141 for 9 in 20 overs (Vinod Kini 41, Jasbir Mankoo 30, Jatindra Ingle 25, H R Purthan 3 for 18, V Ravi Kumar 1 for 17); South Zone: 112 for 7 in 20 overs (Veerandra Kumar Dai 28, H R Purthan 25, Harihar Prasad 21, S Vidyanandh 13, Jasbir Mankoo 3 for 12, Jatindra Ingle 2 for 22)

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