The match between the teams of Central Zone and North Zone was the first match of Duleep Trophy, 1982-83 and the match was held at Bombay from 02-04 October, 1982. The toss of the match was won by the Central Zone captain, S Rao and he took the decision of batting first in the match. Though, Rao took the decision, it did not yield huge benefits for the Central Zone, as the team got all out for a small score of 172 runs. The Central Zone batsmen failed to apply themselves on the crease and only G Sharma showed some resistance for Eat Zone, by scoring 51 runs. In reply to the small first innings total of Central Zone, the North Zone team put on a mammoth total of 425 runs in the first innings, thanks to a wonderful century by Y Sharma. Sharma played a superb knock of 134 runs and Kapil Dev also played a good knock of 89 runs for North Zone in the first innings. They also got good support from G Singh and S Khanna, who scored 72 and 64 runs, respectively. Trailing by a huge margin of 253 runs, the Central Zone batsmen never looked to be comfortable on the crease and they got all out for only 152 runs in their second innings. Maninder Singh took 5 wickets for 48 runs on behalf of North Zone in Central Zone's second innings and helped his team clinch a huge victory of an innings and 101 runs. The North Zone team entered into the Semi-Finals of Duleep Trophy, 1982-83, after winning this match.
The North Zone team played against East Zone in the first Semi-Final of Duleep Trophy, 1982-83 and the match took place at Bombay from 08-11 October, 1982. Winning the toss, the North Zone skipper, Kapil Dev decided to bat first in the match and he got wonderful support from his batsmen. The North Zone team scored one of the highest ever team totals in the history of Duleep Trophy in their first innings and scored 664 runs for 5 wickets. M Amarnath made a magnificent double century and scored 207 runs before getting out. Apart from his, the other two batsmen like K Azad and A Malhotra also scored two huge centuries of 156 runs and 139 runs, respectively for North Zone in the first innings. Being horrified by the huge first innings total of North Zone, the East Zone batsmen could not play well in their first innings and scored only 161 runs, before getting all out. Maninder Singh and R Shukla took 4 wickets, each for North Zone in East Zone's first innings. Being asked to follow on, the East Zone batsmen showed a better performance in the second innings. However, they could score only 201 runs in the second innings, before getting all out and thus lost the match by a huge margin of an innings and 302 runs. Maninder Singh took 5 wickets for 53 runs on behalf of North Zone in East Zone's second innings. The North Zone team reached the Final of Duleep Trophy, 1982-83 by thrashing East Zone in this match.
The second Semi-Final of Duleep Trophy, 1982-83 involved the teams like West Zone and South Zone and the two teams played the match at Bombay from 08-11 October, 1982. After the West Zone captain, S Gavaskar won the toss; he took the decision of batting first in the match. The West Zone batsmen batted well and scored a good total of 313 runs in their first innings. The batsmen like R Borde (89), B Sandhu (56), S Keshwala (56) and R Shastri (51) scored half centuries for helping their team in getting the good total on the scoreboard. T Sekhar took 5 wickets for 66 runs on behalf of South Zone in West Zone's first innings. The South Zone batsmen played well in their first innings to score a good total of 273 runs, but that was not enough to surpass the first innings total of West Zone. G Viswanath and A Jabbar made most of the contributions to South Zone's first innings total, by scoring 56 and 52 runs, respectively. B Sandhu bowled brilliantly and picked up 6 wickets for 86 runs on behalf of West Zone in South Zone's first innings. Having a lead of 40 runs in the first innings, the West Zone captain declared the second innings after reaching the score of 231-8 and thus set a target of 272 runs to win for South Zone. L Shivaramakrishnan took 5 wickets for 63 runs on behalf of South Zone in West Zone's second innings. Chasing a target of 272 runs to win, the South Zone team could score only 86 runs for 3 wickets, before the end of play and the West Zone team was declared as the winner of the drawn match. The West Zone team won the match for having a lead in the first innings and it also entered into the Final of Duleep Trophy, 1982-83 for playing against North Zone.
The teams of West Zone and North Zone played against each other in the Final of Duleep Trophy, 1982-83 and the match was organised at Bombay from 14-17 October, 1982. It was the seventh consecutive Duleep Trophy Final for West Zone that was really a highly appreciable achievement by the team. The captain of West Zone, S Gavaskar won the toss in the match and took the decision of batting first. The West Zone batsmen faced a lot of troubles while batting in their first innings and they got all out for a tiny score of only 168 runs. Madan Lal caused most of the damage to the West Zone batting line-up, as he picked up 6 wickets for only 59 runs. Surpassing the score of 168 runs made by West Zone was not a tough task for the powerful North Zone batting line-up and they did so with ease in their first innings. North Zone scored a wonderful total of 329 runs and took a huge lead of 161 runs over West Zone in the first innings. The batsmen like Y Sharma (83), M Amarnath (80) and A Malhotra (76) got the highest individual scores for North Zone in the first innings. R Shastri took 7 wickets for 105 runs on behalf of West Zone in North Zone's first innings. Playing with a huge deficit of 161 runs in the first innings, the West Zone batsmen batted quite well in their second innings and scored a huge total of 330 runs. A Gaekwad scored a wonderful century of 104 runs for West Zone in the second innings and S Gavaskar and D Vengsarkar accompanied him well with scores of 67 and 50, respectively. Madan Lal once again bowled brilliantly for North Zone and took 5 wickets for 63 runs in West Zone's second innings. The North Zone team required only 170 runs in the second innings to win the match and the North Zone batsmen achieved the target, quite comfortably. North Zone scored 170 runs after losing only 2 wickets and thus won the Final match with a huge margin of 8 wickets. The North Zone team also clinched the championship title in the Duleep Trophy, 1982-83 by beating West Zone in the Final.
(Last Updated on : 17-12-2010)
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