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ICC Champions Trophy 2017

India vs Pakistan FINAL

Sunday 18 June 17 @ The Oval
Match scheduled to begin at 10:30 local time (09:30 GMT)


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India Cricket Live The Duleep Trophy competition was started by the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India in 1961-62 with the aim of providing a greater competitive edge in domestic cricket.
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

Central Zone regained the Duleep Trophy after a lapse of five seasons when they beat last year's winners North Zone by nine wickets in a low-scoring five-day final that ended in just under two-and-a-half days in Nagpur on Thursday.
Brief Scores: North Zone 104 &169 lost to Central Zone 133 & 142-1 (S Bangar not out 62, M Kaif not out 48) Devastating bowling by medium pacer Jai Prakash Yadav helped Central Zone wreck North Zone first innings for a paltry 104 in the Duleep Trophy final today.
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

Chasing a target of 436 runs, the Bangladesh Board XI were 199 for the loss of six wickets in their second innings when the two captains agreed for a draw after rain interrupted the match a couple of overs into the last session at the Karnail Singh stadium.
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's pathetic run continued when they were all out for 146 in their first innings against Central Zone on the third day of the Duleep Trophy cricket match on Wednesday. Central Zone, who were earlier bowled out for 351 in the first essay, piled on the humiliation on the visitors, who suffered yet another batting collapse on their debut season in India's domestic competition.
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) Middle-order batsman Abbas Ali's brilliant century enabled Central Zone to reach a comfortable 248 for three on the first day of their Duleep Trophy tie against Bangladesh in New Delhi on Tuesday.
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

North Zone skipper Virender Sehwag and his team mates walked off the ground following an unruly crowd behaviour during the Duleep Trophy match against South Zone at Usharaje Stadium in Indore. The match resumed only after MPCA officials and policemen got the entire lower stands vacated. This is the second incident during the course of the match as yesterday a stone was pelted at South Zone skipper V V S Laxman when he was fielding. Meanwhile, spinners Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra bowled North Zone into a winning position against South Zone by sharing eight wickets on the third day.
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 Displaying their fine form once again ahead of the Pakistan series, Yuvraj Singh hit a 110 and Virender Sehwag a quickfire 79 to take North Zone to a strong 497 for nine on the second day of the Duleep Trophy league match against South Zone on Thursday. The batting heorics of the North Zone batsmen also helped their team take a 159-run lead after they had bowled out South Zone for 338 in the morning.
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. South Zone, rocked by Ashish Nehra's wicket-taking burst early on, recovered to 327 for 9 at stumps on the opening day of the four-Day Duleep Trophy league match against North Zone at the Usharaje cricket ground on Tuesday. South's innings was built mainly around opener Robin Uthappa's 80, who hit 15 fours, his century stand with Sridharan Sriram (25) and the 87-run stand for the fifth wicket between Venkatasai Laxman (55) and veteran Sridharan Sharath (60).
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

East Zone defeated Bangladesh XI by an innings and 149 runs in their Duleep Trophy Cricket match at VCA ground. Bangladesh added 40 runs to their overnight score of 123 for eight before losing the remaining two wickets in about an hour of play on the third day of the match.
Brief scores: East Zone: 454 for 6 declared; Bangladesh XI: 142 and 163. East Zone medium pacer S S Paul claimed six for 45 to wreck a fragile Bangladesh Board XI and skittle them out for 142 on the second day of the Duleep Trophy cricket league match at the VCA Ground in Nagpur. Following on with a 312-run deficit after East Zone declared their first innings at 454 for six, Bangladesh were once again in trouble losing eight wickets for a paltry 123 runs at the draw of stumps.
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). Fine centuries by Laxmi Ratam Shukla (123) and skipper Sourav Ganguly (110 not out) put East Zone on course for a huge total against Bangladesh Board XI on the opening day of the Duleep Trophy league match in Nagpur today.
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

An unbeaten century by opener Satyajit Parab gave Sachin Tendulkar -led West Zone a nine-wicket win over South Zone in a Duleep Trophy cricket league match. Parab scored a masterly 106 and was ably supported by Irfan Pathan (61), who was promoted in the batting order, to guide the team to the comprehensive win at the Visaka Stadium on the penultimate day of the four-day match. After restricting South to 241 in their second innings earlier in the day, West got the required 223 runs losing only Wasim Jaffer's wicket. The Mumbai opener made 28.
Brief scores: South Zone: 187 and 241; West Zone: 207 and 223 for one. Seasoned campaigner Anil Kumble walked away with the honours on the second day of the West vs South Duleep Trophy league match at Hyderabad. The leg-spinner, in tandem with young Vinay Kumar, restricted West to 207 in 68 overs. Kumbles 4-69 and Vinays 4-22 helped South come away conceding only a narrow lead of 20 runs. In the morning, walking out with overnight opener Dheeraj Jadhav, Tendulkar, playing in this match after a two-month rest because of tennis elbow, lasted only nine minutes and played nine balls.
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. Ramesh Powar spun a magic web, claiming seven wickets for 44 runs to dismiss South Zone for 187 on the opening day of the four-day Duleep Trophy cricket tournament at the Visakha Stadium here today. In reply, West Zone were 71 for three at stumps with opener Dhiraj Jadhav (30 not out) at the crease.
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 spotlight will be on Sachin Tendulkar when West Zone takes on Rahul Dravid led-South Zone in a league match of the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament starting in Hyderabad tomorrow. With the series against Pakistan barely a few days away, the match provides a perfect opportunity for the India players to test themselves in a match situation and youngsters to prove their talent.
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

Yuvraj Singh took a big stride towards cementing his place in the Test eleven, hitting a swashbuckling unbeaten century to help North Zone score a thumping nine-wicket victory against West in a Duleep Trophy league cricket match in Lucknow. Chasing a target of 207, North romped home with Yuvraj reamining not out on 100 (16 x 4) on the penultimate day of the rubber at the K D Singh Babu Stadium. Yuvraj, declared the man-of-the-match, added 170 for the second wicket with Gautam Gambhir, who was equally impressive in scoring an unbeaten 79.
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

Suresh Raina and Abbas Ali held their nerve on a tricky track to guide Central Zone to a comfortable six-wicket win over East in the Duleep Trophy league cricket match in Gwalior. Raina's plucky knock contained four hits to the fence and came from 56 balls in 84 minutes while Ali faced 51 balls and struck eight boundaries during his 103-minute stay at the crease. Schedule Feb 15-18: North Zone vs West Zone (Group A) at Lucknow
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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Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.