Pragyan Ojha’s six for 48 — he operated with greater fluidity in his action — on the fourth day of the Duleep Trophy semifinal proved destructive, as Central Zone was dismissed for 220 to go down by an innings and 38 runs to South Zone at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday.
The promising Baba Aparajith — like in the quarterfinal — was adjudged Man of the Match.
South batted just one over in the morning before declaring at the overnight score of 467 for nine.
South has made two changes for the final, to be played in Kochi from October 17.
Dinesh Karthik comes in for Rohan Prem and Stuart Binny replaces Sandeep Warrier.
Central Zone — 1st innings: 209
South Zone — 1st innings: 467 for nine decl.
Central Zone — 2nd innings: M. Dagar lbw Malolan 19, Vineet Saxena c Warrier b Ojha 67, Jalaj Saxena lbw b Ojha 0, R. Bist c Gautam b Ojha 20, S. Srivastava c Gautam b Ojha 2, Naman Ojha c A. Reddy b Ojha 0, Piyush Chawla c A. Srinivas (sub) b Aparajith 73, S. Wagh c S. Bandekar (sub) b Aparajith 0, I. Ahmed (not out) 28, U. Yadav c Aparajith b Ojha 0, M. Kaif (absent hurt), Extras (nb-5, lb-2, b-4) 11; Total (in 57.2 overs): 220.
Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-35, 3-102, 4-110, 5-119, 6-132, 7-133, 8-220, 9-220.
South Zone bowling: Mithun 4-3-2-0, Warrier 11-0-43-0, Pragyan Ojha 20.2-5-48-6, Malolan 12-1-58-1, Aparajith 7-0-35-2, Abhinav 3-0-28-0.