Zol weighs in as Maharashtra lift Cooch Behar Trophy
Vijay Zol’s 181 in Maharashtra’s second innings helped them draw the final of the 2012-13 Cooch Behar (U-19) against Mumbai at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on Wednesday.
Maharashtra lifted the trophy on basis of their first innings lead. The win was made even more special by the fact that Mumbai had beaten Maharashtra in last year’s final at the Wankhede Stadium.
Zol could only contribute 12 in Maharashtra’s first innings after they chose to bat first, Mumbai’s Atul Singh (5/100) reducing the side to 128/5 at one point. Fifties from Rahul Sharma (87) and Vikas Nirfal (62) however helped them lift their score to a respectable 294 before they were bowled out.
Medium pacer Amol Chinte then put them ahead, taking 4/80 as Mumbai were bowled out for 238 to give Maharashtra an all important 56 run first innings lead.
In Maharashtra’s second innings, Zol and Jay Pande (41) lay a solid foundation with a 104 run opening stand. Zol’s stroke laden 50 came off just 54b and he carried on to bring up his century, remaining unbeaten on 119* at Stumps on Day 3. Maharashtra were 205/2 by then, already sitting on a 258 run lead.
The batsmen continued to rub it in on the final day. Day 4 saw Zol and Shubham Ranjane extend their 65 run overnight partnership to 167 runs. Zol was finally dismissed for 181 (247b, 26x4, 3x6) but Ranjane pressed on to a violent 169 (232b, 4x19, 7x6). Lower down the order, Shamazuma Kazi’s 66 (67b, 5x4, 5x6) frustrated Mumbai further and Maharashtra piled up a massive 546 in just 127.2 overs before they were bowled out.
Mumbai were set a target of 602 in the 8 overs left in the game. They made 46 as the game ended in a draw, Maharashtra taking the trophy on the back of their first innings lead.