For the 4th time in a row With a five-wicket victory over East Zone, South Zone improved to 4-0. East Zone, who won the toss and elected to bat, saw their score drop from 108-1 to 143-8 when the middle order was decimated by the new ball bowling duo of V Koushik and Vidhwath Kaverappa (5 runs each) and Sai Kishore (3 for 45).
After being bowled out for 229 in the 46th over, they were able to cross the 200-mark thanks to a counterattacking 74-run stand between Akash Deep at no. 9 (44 off 26) and Mukhtar Hussain at no. 10. Then, Mayank Agarwal kept his hot streak going by leading the chase with an unbeaten 84 off 88 balls, and he and Sai Sudharsan, who also made fifty, put on a match-winning stand of 118 runs. Despite laying a good foundation, the duo fell in consecutive overs, and the middle order helped guarantee the team maintained its 16-point lead For the 4th time in a row.
For the 4th time in a row
Score summary: South Zone 230/5 in 44 overs beat East Zone 229 all out in 46 overs (Virat Singh 49, Akash Deep 44; V Koushik 3-37, Sai Kishore 3-45).Mayank Agarwal (84 not out), Sai Sudharsan (53 not out), Avinov Choudhary (2-58) win by 5 wickets in 2 overs
Zone 1 vs. Zone 2: Central vs. Northeast
Central Zone defeated North East by an 8-wicket margin, their first victory of the tournament, thanks in large part to a 153-run stand between Shivam Chaudhary (85*) and Yash Dubey (72), which followed a strong all-around bowling performance. North East was put in to bat and managed to score only 164 runs before being bowled out in the penultimate over.
This was despite two half-century partnerships and a few promising early innings. The best bowling performance came from Aditya Sarwate, who finished with figures of 3-19; Yash Kothari and Saransh Jain also contributed with two wickets apiece. For the 4th time in a row Central conceded a wicket on the very first delivery of their reply, but the 150-run partnership ensured that they reached the goal quickly and easily.
Summarized: Central Zone 165/2 in 33 overs (Shivam Chaudhary 85*, Yash Dubey 72; Imliwati Lemtur 1-39) defeated North East Zone 164 all out in 49 overs (Kamsha Yangfo 35; Aditya Sarwate 3-19, Yash Kothari 2-4, Saransh Jain 2-39) by 8 wickets.