Cuttack, Jan 19 (PTI) Catapulted by dazzling centuriesfrom skipper Manoj Tiwary and Ishant Jaggi, East Zone piledup an impressive 328 runs for five wickets on the opening dayof their quarter-final match against Central Zone in theDuleep Trophy cricket tournament here today.
Put in to bat, East Zone began their innings on a steadynote even though they lost an early wicket as in Natraj Behera(12), who was caught by Akkash Chopra off pacer Pankaj Singhwith the scoreboard reading 29.East Zone''s innings gained momentum with Jaggi displayingskillful batsmanship, scoring valuable 118 runs off 221 ballswith the help of 17 hits to the fence and one six.
While Jaggi stuck around for 292 minutes before beingcaught by Mohammad Kaif off Singh, Sreevats Goswamicontributed useful 37.
East Zone''s position was further consolidated withskipper Tiwary amassing 109 runs off 160 deliveries with thehelp of 15 fours and one six before he was lbw by Singh.
While Saurabh Tiwary was run out at 19, Wriddhiman Sahaand AR Sahoo were not out at the crease with 18 and four runsrespectively at stumps.
Singh was the pick of the bowlers for Central Zone withfigures of three for 87 while left-arm spinner Murli Kartikclaimed the wicket of Goswami caught by Umesh Yadav.
East Zone (1st Innings): 328 for five wickets.