West Zone beat North Zone by eight wickets in T20 meet

Mumbai, Feb 13 (IANS) West Zone defeated North Zone by eight wickets in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Inter-Zonal Twenty20 cricket tournament at Wankhede Stadium here on Monday.

For the West Zone, Shreyas Iyer (30) and skiper Parthiv Patel (56) were the top scorers.

For the North Zone, Mohit Sharma and Parveez Rasool chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 108, Iyer and Patel built a match winning 80-run first wicket partnership before Iyer was adjudged leg before wicket in the ninth over. He was taken by spinner Rasool with 80 runs on the board.

After two overs, Patel was also sent packing by pacer Sharma with just 16 runs needed to win. His 35-ball knock was laced with nine boundaries.

New batsmen Aditya Tare (14 not out) and Ankit Bawne (4) then completed the formalities to hand a comfortable victory with 66 balls remaining.

Earlier, put in to bat, North Zone scored 107/8 in their allotted 20 overs with veteran batsman Gautam Gambhir scoring 60 runs.

For the West Zone, Irfan Pathan scalped three wickets while Shardul Thakur, Ishwar Chaudhary and Abhishek Nayar chipped in with one wicket each.

Brief scores:

North Zone (Gautam Gambhir 60; Irfan Pathan 3-10) against West Zone (Shreyas Iyer 30 and skiper Parthiv Patel 56; Parveez Rasool 1-7)

–IANS

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