Jaiswal hits double-century, West Zone’s lead grows


Western Zone 270 (Patel 98, Sai Kishore 5-86) and 376 for 3 (Jaiswal 209*, Iyer 71, Sai Kishore 2-100) lead South Zone 327 (Indrajith 118, Unadkat 4-52) with 319 runs

Young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal hit a double hundred in about two and a half sessions as West Zone took control, despite South’s 57-run first inning lead on day three of the Duleep Trophy final in Coimbatore.

By the end of the third day of play, West Zone was 376 to 3, courtesy of Jaiswal’s unbeaten 209 on 244 balls, including 23 fours and three sixes.

West now has a 319 lead and even if they declare at lunch on day four, they will have five sessions to force an outright win, although the track will be easier to turn with no significant wear.

For South, it will be about hitting the fourth innings and winning the trophy thanks to a lead in the first innings.

Jaiswal shared a 169-run third wicket score with Shreyas Iyer (71) and then put on an uninterrupted 58-run tie for the fourth wicket with Sarfaraz Khan (30*).

It was a day that will be best remembered for the duel between two powerhouses in domestic cricket this year – left-handed opener Jaiswal and left-handed spinner R Sai Kishore.

After failing in the first innings, Jaiswal showed more positive intent in the second after South was ejected for 327, adding just nine runs to their overnight score of 318 for 7.

Once West came out, Jaiswal was tough on South pacers Basil Thampi (0 for 67 in 9 overs) and CV Stephen (0 for 27 in 6 overs) as he and Priyank Panchal (40) added 110 runs at just under five each. left for the opening post.

South Captain Hanuma Vihari missed the trick when he only introduced Sai Kishore (27-5-100-2) as the second substitution. Panchal was grabbed from Sai Kishore’s bowling alley and Ajinkya Rahane was then caught in the leg by offspinner K Gowtham (33-1-139-1).

But South’s joy was short-lived when Jaiswal started using his feet to good effect. The two spinners went for a combined 239 runs in 60 overs.

Jaiswal got good support from Iyer, who hit four fours and two sixes before being fired while going for a glory shot from Sai Kishore’s bowling alley. After missing half a century in the first innings, Iyer didn’t show enough patience in the second to score a hundred

Jaiswal hit Gowtham with the turn for a six and didn’t let Sai Kishore line up as he repeatedly came off the court to disrupt his rhythm. He also had a six-off Sear Stephen’s bowling.

There were many lines between cover and extra cover and one such shot from Gowtham brought his double hundred. Jaiswal let out a war cry and received a standing ovation from the West locker room.