North in command vs West in Duleep Trophy semis

Vadodara Jan 27 (PTI) North Zone were in a commandingposition against West at stumps on the second day of theirDuleep Trophy semi-final being played at the Moti Baug groundin Vadodara.

The West now face an uphill task of avoiding follow-onas they still require 135 runs as they are tottering at 176for five. North Zone scored 460 in their first essay.

Delhi medium pacer Sumit Narwal was pick of the bowlersgrabbing three for 34 in his 11 over spell. Joginder Sharmaand skipper Amit Mishra got a wicket each.

West at one stage were reeling at 63 for four in 17.1overs before veteran Wasim Jaffer (53) and Ravindra Jadeja (62batting) added 107 runs for the fifth wicket.

West skipper Jaffer was finally out when Shikhar Dhawantook a smart catch off Mishra''s bowling. Jaffer hit sevenfours and a six in his 65-ball knock. He was at the crease for117 minutes.

West now pin their hopes on Jadeja and Pinal Shah.

Jadeja''s innings was studded with 10 boundaries and a sixafter facing 86 deliveries during his 103-minute stay at thecrease.

Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 315 for 5,North added another 145 runs courtesy a 124-run sixth wicketpartnership between Amit Mishra (48) and Uday Kaul (89).

Jaidev Unadkat and Samad Fallah grabbed four wickets apiece.

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