Indrajith’s 118 of 125 passes, plus contributions from Manish Pandey (48) and Gowtham (43 of 55 balls), ensuring that South finished the second day on 318 with a seven-48 pass over the West Zone’s first inning score of 270.
The match got interesting with South at 243 of six, but all-rounders Gowtham and T Ravi Teja (26) added 63 for the seventh wicket in just 16.2 overs, and in the process, surpass the total of West .
However, with the five-day final, Nam still has a long way to go to secure a healthy lead, which may not be the case with only Teja remaining among the recognized players.
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He has R Sai Kishore (5/86 in 35.3 rounds) for company, but the left spinner will be happier when he can claim a fifth 5 and decline the chance to hit the player. Young Het Patel (98 years old). three-digit sign.
Mayank Agarwal caught his fish, but then, as he continued to fish, he got caught in a rope by Yashasvi Jaiswal during swimmer Atit Seth’s delivery.
Hanuma Vihari (25), whose Test slot was lined up, was then caught right in front, but Indrajith had the upper hand as they came in at 61.
The Tamil Nadu right-hander has played some stunning driving, but is equally adept at performing foot serves.
His 13th first-place hundred has 14 in it, and a 105-time partnership for a fourth wicket, with seasoned Pandey, has put South in the driver’s seat.
Pandey, who quickly hit four quarters and a few six, should have turned it into a big score but Tanush Kotian, the Mumbai off-spinner, knocked him out two innings after fifty.
The difference between the two is how the gyros work. While Sai Kishore and Gowtham stifled the run for the South, the two runners in Mumbai of the West – Ranji Trophy’s top scorers were Shams Mulani (0/73 in 14 laps) and Kotian (1/ 110 in 27 rounds) – gave away 183 times in 41 rounds between them.
Jaydev Unadkat (3/52), the domestic warhorse did his thing and also got plenty of support from former India Under-19 Seth, but once Gowtham lunged at Kotian, hitting him for six innings in a row, the first inning took the lead.
Brief score: The first round of West Zone 270 is over (Het Patel 98, R Sai Kishore 5/86). South Zone 318/7 (Baba Indrajith 118, Manish Pandey 48, Krishnappa Gowtham 43, Jaydev Unadkat 3/52, Atit Seth 3/51).