Cuttack (Orissa), Jan 19 (PTI) Catapulted by dazzlingcenturies by skipper M S Tiwary and I R Jaggi, East Zone piledup an impressive 328 runs for five wickets on the opening dayof their quarter final cricket match against Central Zone atthe historic Barabati stadium here today.
Put in to bat after losing toss, East zone began theirjourney on a steady note though it lost an early wicket asopener Natraj Behera was caught by A S Chopra off pacer P SSingh for 12 when the team''s score was 29.
East Zone''s run grabbing gained momentum with Jaggidisplaying skillful batsmanship scoring valuable 118 runsaided by 17 hits to the fence and one six.
While Jaggi stuck around for 292 minutes facing 221balls before being caught by M Kaif off pace bowler P S Singh,S P Goswami contributed useful 37 runs with patience andstamina as he remained at the crease for 111 minutes.
East Zone''s position was further consolidated withskipper Tiwary amassing 109 runs with the help of 15boundaries and one six as he faced 160 balls in 230 minutes.
He was LBW by pace bowler P S Singh.
While S S Tiwary was run out at 19, W P Saha and A RSahoo were not out at the crease with 18 and four runsrespectively at the close of first day''s play.
Central Zone''s leading pace bowler P S Singh took alion''s share of three wickets from 24 overs as he conceded 87runs with five maiden.
Spinner Murli Kartik claimed a solitary wicket of S PGoswami when U T Yadav took a magnificent catch.
Brief Score:East Zone (1st Innings): 328 for five wickets.