The formidable West Zone bowlers faced unexpected resistance from the North East Zone batters before dismissing them for 235 in 81.5 overs to secure a massive 367-run first innings lead at stumps on Day Three of the Duleep Trophy quarter-final here on Saturday.
Ankur Malik hit a quickfire 81, while skipper Hokaito Zhimoni (32) and Ashish Thapa (43) made useful contributions to defy the West team.
West declared at the overnight score of 590-2 and the weak North East batting line-up slipped to 20-4 quickly as the experienced Jaidev Unadkat (3-35) and Chintan Gaja (4-38) got down to work.
Meanwhile, at Puducherry, Yash Dhull hit 193 to power North Zone to 433-3 in their first innings at stumps on Day Three against East Zone.
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