West Zone take over the game after South took a 57-run lead on the third day of the Duleep Trophy final . Young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal hit 209 off 244 balls with 23 boundaries and three sixes .
COIMBATORE: West Zone took over the game after South took a 57-run lead on the third day of the Duleep Trophy final, thanks to young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal smashing his way to a double hundred in just about two-and-a-half sessions.West Zone were 376 for 3 at the end of third day action, courtesy of Jaiswals who were unbeaten 209 off 244 balls with 23 boundaries and three sixes.West now has a 319-run lead, and even if they declare at lunch on Day 4, they will have five full sessions to guarantee an overall victory, although the track is becoming more easier to bat with no significant wear and tear.It will be about batting out in the fourth innings and taking the trophy as a result of the first innings lead for South.The clash between two powerhouse players in this year's domestic cricket, left-handed opener Jaiswal and left-arm spinner Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, will be remembered for a time.Although Jaiswal was marginal in the first innings, he came out with a lot more positive intention in the second essay after South was dismissed for 327 with just nine runs to their overnight score of 3187.As West came out, Jaiswal was stoic on South pacers Basil Thampi (067 in 9 overs) and CV Stephen (027 in 6 overs), adding 110 runs at a rate of just under five per over for the first time.Hanuma Vihari, the South African skipper, missed the point by only inputting Sai Kishore (27-5-100-2) as the second change after the opening stand yielded 80 plus runs. The pleasure of two wickets was shattered once Jaiswal started using his feet to good effect, with two spinners taking 239 runs in their combined 60 overs, which was almost four runs per over.Iyer provided him with good help, who did make amends and hit four fours and two sixes before being dismissed while bowling off Sai Kishores.Iyer thus missed a half-century in the first innings and did not have the patience to score a hundred in the second.Jaiswal struck off-spinner Gowtham with the turn for a six and did not allow Sai Kishore to settle to one line as he kept coming down the track to distract his line. There were many boundaries between cover and extra-cover territory, and one such shot off Gowtham's double hundred came up.As he gave a standing ovation from the West dressing room, he felt like a release of emotions.Brief Scores: West 270 and 3763 (Yashasvi Jaiswal 209 batting, Shreyas Iyer 71, R Sai Kishore 2100, and K Gowtham 1139).South Zone 327 (Baba Indrajith 118, Jaydev Unadkat 452), is located in the region of Babol Indrajith (Baba Indrajith 118, Jaydev Una
𝗗𝗢 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗠𝗜𝗦𝗦!@ybj_19 set the stage on fire 🔥 🔥 & scored a magnificent 2⃣0⃣9⃣* on Day 3 of the #DuleepTrophy #Final! 👏 👏 #WZvSZ | @mastercardindia— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) September 23, 2022
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