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Former India Skipper Sourav Ganguly has finally got into the runs big time. The Skipper of the East Zone side came up with a sparkling unbeaten century that saved the day for the homeside in their Duleep Trophy encounter against North Zone at Guwahati.
East Zone were under tremendous pressure at 5 for 2 with both Shubhomoy Das and Shiv Sunder Das, the two openers back in the hut chasing North Zone’s huge first innings total of 504 at the Nehru Stadium. At no.4 walked in Sourav Ganguly in the 3rd over itself and he had negotiated 8 more overs before stumps on Day 2 were called due to bad light.
The third day’s play was played under security concerns following Sunday’s twin blasts in Fancy Bazaar in the city. The match had started 45 minutes late with security beefed up in the stadium. Ganguly had got back his focus without many problems to put up decent partnerships first with Jhunjhunwala and then Laxmi Ratan Shukla. However East Zone was still on the backfoot with none of those partnerships being huge ones.
With Deep Dasgupta showing a resolute defence at one end, Sourav Ganguly safely took his side to 215 for 4 when play was called off due to bad light as it does get dark very early in the Eastern parts of the country. Sourav Ganguly who is not out on 118 had faced 239 balls and has hit a dozen fours and three sixes. The Bengal Southpaw had failed in the Challenger Trophy and was ignored for the Rest of India Squad for the Irani Trophy and the upcoming tour of South Africa. His last significant score was a 72 made for Bengal against Mumbai in a Moin-ud-Dowlah Trophy match in Hyderabad. The onus is now on Sourav to convert this 118 not out into a really big one that should be the fillip in his comeback bid for the Indian team!
The North Zone bowling consisted of India speedster Ashish Nehra and Punjab’s reliable medium pacer – Gagandeep Singh. Gautam Gambhir another India discard like Ganguly had performed well to come up with a patient knock of 86 for North Zone.