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Saxena, Naman send North on leatherhunt

Central Zone’s MP duo of Jalaj Saxena and wicketkeeper batsman Naman Ojha took full advantage of dropped catches sending an inexperienced North Zone attack to the cleaners as they posted 344/3 at stumps on the first day of their Duleep Trophy semifinal on Wednesday.Opener Jalaj struck 110 while glovesman Ojha in the form of his life, remained undefeated on 122 as none of the North bowlers deployed by captain Gautam Gambhir could create an impact on a placid PCA Stadium track.

North Zone fielders dropped as many as four catches with Ojha being dropped twice on 12 and 27 off Yuzvendra Chahal and Rishi Dhawan’s bowling. In fact Saxena also got a reprieve on personal score of 75 while Ashok Menaria (53 batting) was also dropped once.

BriefScoreS Central Zone 344/3 in 90 overs (Naman Ojha 122*, Jalaj Saxena 110, A Menaria 53*).
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