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South storm into final with crushing win

South Zone took just 40 minutes into the third morning to decimate East Zone by an innings and 118 runs en route their entry into Duleep Trophy final. East’s second innings was terminated at 62 for nine with Wriddhiman Saha nursing a bruised thumb not coming out to bat. East’s innings lasted a mere 8.3 overs on the third day morning after starting at 30 for four being asked to follow on on a seamer-friendly track at Bansi Lal Stadium. With only 23.4 overs in the second innings, East batted merely 70-odd overs across two innings. Even more embarrassing was the fact that none of their batsmen could cross individual score of 20 in both innings. The highest score for East in the second essay was Laxmi Ratan Shukla’s 18. Shukla was the first to go as he played an atrocious pull shot off HS Sharath, who returned with figures of four for 27.
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