COIMBATORE: West Zone moved closer to the Duleep Trophy 2022 title after they reduced South Zone to 154/6 at stumps in a chase of 529 on the penultimate day of final at SNR College Cricket Ground, here on Saturday.
Pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Atit Sheth, and left-arm spinner Shams Mulai bagged two wickets each as West Zone practically finished the Day 4 with one hand on the trophy.
Continuing their domination, West Zone decided to declare after posting a mammoth second-innings total of 585/4. Yashasi Jaiswal, who smashed a double-ton on Day 3, stretched his unbroken partnership with Sarfaraz Khan overnight to 164 before South Zone managed to take breakthroughs.
Jaiswal was stumped on 265 off just 323, having hit 30 boundaries and four sixes in his epic knock. On the other hand, Sarfaraz finished unbeaten on 127, adding another century stand with Het Patel, who himself got to a fifty post which West Zone skipper Ajinkya Rahane declared.
Still 375 away from the target, South need a miracle to save the game while West are just four lower-order wickets away from lifting the title.
Brief scores: South Zone 327 & 154/6 (Rohan Kunnummal 93, Atit Sheth 2-29, Shams Mulani 2-24, Jaydev Unadkat 2-26) need 375 more to win against West Zone 270 & 585/4 decl (Yashasvi Jaiswal 265, Sarfraz Khan 127 not out; K Gowtham 2-157). IANS