Central Zone batted solidly all of Day 3 to pile up a lead of 488 runs in their Duleep Trophy Semi-Final Match against hosts South Zone at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Central finished Day 3 at 378 for 5 with opener Naman Ojha scoring 104 (from 149 balls with 11 fours and 5 sixes) and Robin Bist scoring an unbeaten 104 from 178 balls with 12 fours. Bhuvneshwar Kumar chipped in with an unbeaten 59 from 162 balls with 7 fours.
It is highly likely that Central Zone will declare its innings overnight and leave the final day’s play to try and bowl out South Zone for a victory. Whether it happens or not, Central Zone on virtue of their first innings lead are already into the Duleep Trophy Final!