by HT Sports Desk
East Zone sets up final against South Zone
East Zone emerged victorious against West Zone in a nail-biting virtual semifinal match in the Deodhar Trophy. Riding on Riyan Parag’s unbeaten century, East Zone secured a 157-run victory. The win sets up an exciting final clash against the dominant South Zone team.
Parag’s match-winning performance
Riyan Parag played a crucial role in East Zone’s victory, scoring an unbeaten 102 runs off just 68 balls. Speaking to BCCI TV after the match, Parag mentioned how playing with self-assurance and confidence helped him excel in recent matches.
- Parag delivers under pressure
- No.6 batsman scores attacking innings
- Pushes East Zone beyond 300 runs
- West Zone collapses in response
Parag’s maturity as a batter
Parag credited his improved batting skills to his maturity and ability to assess conditions well. He stated that in the past, he would have played rash shots against spinners, but now he focuses on building an innings and taking calculated risks.
Parag’s inspiration from Virat Kohli
When asked about the batters he looks up to, Parag mentioned Virat Kohli as his idol. He revealed that he relates a lot to Kohli’s approach and has had conversations with him for guidance.
Benefiting from R Ashwin’s guidance
Parag also acknowledged the importance of sharing a dressing room with R Ashwin in the IPL. Ashwin’s advice on spin bowling techniques, including the carrom ball, has helped Parag refine his skills.
Final showdown against South Zone
East Zone faces the daunting task of taking on South Zone in the final. Despite Mayank Agarwal’s potential absence, South Zone remains a formidable opponent. The final is scheduled for August 3 in Puducherry.
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