A fine all-round display by Sairaj Bahutule powered West Zone to a comprehensive 105-run victory over East Zone in the Deodhar Trophy league match at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai on Friday.
Bahutule struck an unbeaten 56 when his team was struggling at 140 for 6. He added 90 runs for the seventh wicket with Parthiv Patel (46) to help West put up a fighting score of 239 all out after opting to bat first on winning the toss.
Later, the Maharashtra skipper bowled his leg spinners splendidly to bamboozle the East batting line-up and finish with a haul of 4 for 23 in ten overs, besides taking a catch to emerge as West's player of the day.
East were bundled out for a paltry 134, with only Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (38) and Rohan Gavaskar (35) crossing the thirties.
Speedster Rakesh Patel rocked East by sending back opener Parvez Azis and Manoj Tiwary cheaply, while Sidharth Trivedi accounted for the other opener, Wriddhiman Saha, to leave their rivals gasping at 36 for three from which they never recovered.
East were bowled out in the 40th over when skipper Deep Dasgupta (23 not out) only needed to play out the complete over with last man Ranadeb Bose to deny West the bonus point.
But the wicketkeeper chose to take a run off the first ball to expose the tail-ender, who was yorked off the very next ball.
West thus earned an extra point to take their tally to nine from two ties while East lost one point and were left with three in their kitty after two matches.
W Jaffer c Dasgupta b Bose 14
Y Pathan run out 55
H Kanitkar lbw Lahiri 28
R Sharma run out 22
A Muzumdar b Mohanty 7
P Patel run out 46
A Nayar b Lahiri 0
S Bahutule not out 56
R Powar c Lahiri b Bose 0
R Patel b Diwakar 1
S Trivedi run out 0
Extras: (5l-b, 3-w, 2-nb) 10
Total: (all out in 50 overs) 239
Fall of wickets: 1-28; 2-81; 3-108; 4-119; 5-138; 6-140; 7-230; 8-234; 9-239.
Bowling: R Bose 9-0-52-2; D Mohanty 9-2-26-1; M Diwakar 10-2-59-1; L R Shukla 3-0-23-0; S Lahiri 10-0-30-2; R Gavaskar 5-0-24-0; A Jhunjhunwala 4-0-20-0.
W Saha c Parthiv Patel b Trivedi 6
P Aziz c Powar b Rakesh Patel 1
A Jhunjhunwala st Parthiv Patel b Bahutule 38
M Tiwary c Bahutule b Rakesh Patel 12
R Gavaskar run out 35
D Dasgupta not out 23
L R Shukla lbw Bahutule 2
S Lahiri c Parthiv Patel b Bahutule 7
M Diwakar st Parthiv Patel b Powar 0
D Mohanty b Bahutule 0R Bose b Rakesh Patel 1
Extras: (b-4, wd-5) 9
Total: (all out in 39.2 overs) 134
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-17, 3-36, 4-93, 5-108, 6-111, 7-125, 8-126, 9-127.
Bowling: Rakesh Patel 8.2-1-22-3, Trivedi 8-0-24-1, Nair 5-0-21-0, Powar 10-0-40-1, Bahutule 8-2-23-4.