Despite the day being bright and sunny, no play was possible on Monday in the Duleep Trophy cricket semifinal between North Zone and East Zone at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.

Just a little over two days’ action was possible in the four-day match — which was extended by a day. But, with only North having completed its first innings, the match had to be decided by the toss of a coin. North called right and entered the final against South which begins here on Thursday.

With four of its players — Unmukt Chand, Ian Dev Singh, Rajat Paliwal and Nitin Saini — scoring centuries, North, led by Harbhajan Singh, declared its first innings at a massive 591 for eight. In reply, East scored 32 for one in the one hour’s time offered to it towards the end of the third day.

A wet run-up had allowed just an hour’s play on the opening day, and on Monday, the umpires found one side of the outfield wet.

“It was basically dangerous to play in that area,” said umpire Suresh Lalchand Shastri of Mumbai after the match.


  • A little over two days’ action was possible, although the match was extended by a day


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