Preamble on the Spirit of Cricket"Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this Spirit causes injury to the game itself."
The Duleep Trophy was also meant to help the selectors in assessing the form of the cricketers. The original format was that five teams, drawn from the five zones, play each other on a knockout basis. In 1993-94 season, the competition was converted to a league format.
This year's tournament assumes added importance as the first two rounds are to be played before the commencement of the Test series against Pakistan and all the top players are expected to take part to get tuned to the rigours of the Test rubber.
Duleep Trophy Final
Central Zone vs North Zone
Brief Scores: North Zone 104 &169 lost to Central Zone 133 & 142-1 (S Bangar not out 62, M Kaif not out 48)
Yadav clinched a five-wicket haul on the opening day of the five-day match being played at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur. Thirty-year-old Yadav grabbed 5 for 26 while left-arm medium pacer Rudra Pratap Singh and left-arm slow bowler Murali Kartik grabbed two wickets apiece.
North were bowled out in only 50.3 overs after being put into bat in overcast conditions.
Duleep Trophy Preliminary Rounds
Central Zone vs Bangladesh Board XI
Bangladesh Board XI ended their campaign in the tournament without a single point from their two matches.
Brief scores: Central Zone: 351 and 230 drew with Bangladesh XI: 146 and 199 for 6 wickets.
Bangladesh, playing with almost their national team, had failed to reach even 200 in both the innings of their opening match against East Zone last week which they had lost by an innings in Nagpur.
Central Zone 351 & 230 Bangladesh Cricket Board XI 146 & 7/1 (3.0 ov)
After the early dismissal of both the openers - Sanjay Bangar for 11 and Amit Pagnis for 12, Ali and Bundela joined forces and occupied the crease for almost the entire day. Ali's 205-ball innings lasted over four hours during which he hit 20 fours and one six, while his partner played more cautiously for his 238-ball knock that contained 10 boundaries.
South Zone vs North Zone
The spin duo bowled out South for 305 in the second innings to set star-studded North, who led by 162 runs on the first innings, a comfortable victory target of 144. North were 4-0 with Gautam Gambir (4) and Virender Sehwag (0) at the crease. In the morning North were dismissed for 500 in the first essay, in reply to Souths 338.
338 and 305 (VVS Laxman 59, Swapnil Asnodkar 74, S Sriram 80, Harbhajan 4-84, Amit Mishra 4-46 ) vs North: 500 and 87/3 (19.0 ov) - North Zone require another 57 runs with 7 wickets remaining
Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 327 for nine, South Zone batsmen added 11 runs to the board before their innings folded up at 338 when Dinesh Kaarthick (59) was run out by Dinesh Mongia.
Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik, named in India's squad for the first Test against Pakistan, remained unbeaten with 49.
For North, left-arm paceman Nehra showed a pleasing return to his wanted form ahead of the Test series against Pakistan with incisive spells and at the end of the day returned with figures of 4 for 110 in 23 overs.
East Zone vs Bangladesh Board XI
Brief scores: East Zone: 454 for 6 declared; Bangladesh XI: 142 and 163.
Earlier, East Zone, led by Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly's 170 (4x21, 4x6), added 98 runs to the overnight total before declarating their innings an hour before lunch. Ganguly, who was associated in the fifth wicket stand of 205 with Laxmi Ratan Shukla (123) yesterday, was involved in another century stand, adding 114 runs for the sixth wicket with S Sanyal (39 no).
At stumps, East Zone in a commanding position at 356 for five after being put in to bat on a lively track. The largely inexperienced Bangladesh bowlers bowled well in patches but lacked penetration.
West Zone vs South Zone
Brief scores: South Zone: 187 and 241; West Zone: 207 and 223 for one.
South wobbled in the second innings, ending the day at 141-5 with both Laxman and Dravid falling cheaply. At the crease was Y Venugopala Rao with an unbeaten 37 and South had an overall lead of 121.
Zaheer and Pathan did prove that they were fully fit and their body language suggested that they were enjoying the game. Sachin Tendulkar , who returned to action after missing the first match of the tournament owing to fitness problems, also looked at ease.
The match has been generating considerable interest as it would mark the return of Tendulkar, Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarkar to action after the trio missed the first match of their zone due to fitness problems. West Zone lost that match to North and it would now be keen for a win this time around to remain in the hunt.
North Zone vs West Zone
Barring opener Wasim Jaffer (47), Kiran Pawar (37) and all-rounder Rajesh Pawar (39), none of the other West batsmen impressed as the last six wickets managed to add only 81 runs.
Central Zone vs East Zone
Feb 15-18: East Zone vs Central Zone (Group B) at Gwalior
Feb 22-25: West Zone vs South Zone (Group A) at Hyderabad
Feb 22-25: East Zone vs Bangladesh (Group B) at Nagpur
Mar 1-4: North Zone vs South Zone (Group A) at Indore
Mar 1-4: Bangladesh vs Central Zone (Group B) at Delhi
Mar 8-11: Final at Nagpur Teams East Zone: Laxmi Ratan Shukla (Captain), Rohan Gavaskar, Arindam Das, Sanjib Sanyal, Shib Shankar Paul, Ranadeb Bose, S S Das, Sanjay Satpathi, Dipak Mangaraj, P Jayachandra, M S Dhoni, Shahid Khan, R Satish and Sujit Roy.
West Zone: Sachin Tendulkar (Captain), Ajit Agarkar, Rajesh Pawar, Wasim Jaffer, Ramesh Power, Vinit Indulkar, Satyajit Parab, Siddharth Trivedi, Zaheer Khan, Rakesh Patel, Kiran Powar, Niraj Patel, +Parthiv Patel, Akash Christian, Dheeraj Jadhav, Jaydev Shah, Ranjit Khirid.
Central Zone: Mohammad Kaif (Captain), Suresh Raina, Faiz Fazal, Murali Kartik, Kulamani Parida, Praveen Gupta, Yogesh Golwalkar, Abbas Ali, Naman Ojha, Nikhil Dhoru, Sanjay Bangar, J P Yadav, R P Singh, Harvinder Singh, Amit Pagnis.
North Zone: Virender Sehwag (Captain), Dinesh Mongia (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Akash Chopra, Ravneet Ricky, Yuvraj Singh, Sangram Singh, M S Bisla, Ashish Nehra, Gagandeep Singh, Amit Bhandari, Joginder Sharma, Amit Mishra, Harbhajan Singh and Pankaj Dharmani. Manager: Surender Khanna. Standby: Mithun Manhas, V R V Singh, Abid Navi, Vikram Malik, Dhruv Mahajan and Ajay Ratra.
South Zone: Rahul Dravid (Captain), VVS Laxman, Rowland Barrington, S Sriram, +Dinesh Karthik, Anil Kumble, R Jesuraj, S Sharath, Robin Uthappa, R Vinay Kumar, Y Venugopal Rao, L Balaji, R Ramkumar, MR Srinivas, Swapnil Asnodkar
Bangladesh Cricket Board XI: Al Shahriar, Rajin Saleh, Nafees Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Mohammad Ashraful (Captain), Alok Kapali, Manjural Islam Rana, Sahagir Hossain Pavel (Wicket Keeper), Abdur Razzak, Talha Jubair, Nazmul Hossain, Tareq Aziz, Anwar Munir.
Harbhajan Singh Memorabilia
Singh's Magnificent Hat Trick
On the 1st Day of the 2nd Test, India versus Australia, in March 2001, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Harbhajan Singh achieved what no other Indian cricketer had ever done - he snared a magnificent Hat Trick.
Limited Edition Magnificent photographic collage of the three dismissals with the hat trick at Calcutta capturing photograph in each piece being personally signed by Harbhajan Singh. Each piece .encased in a timber frame with Perspex glazing and is supported by A-Tag microchip authentication technology, and comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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