Chennai: North Zone on Tuesday advanced to the semifinals of the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament by virtue of their 320-run first innings lead as the inconsequential fourth and final day's play ended with West Zone losing two wickets in their second essay.
North's qualification to the last-four stage was virtually sealed on the penultimate day itself, after pacer Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra grabbed seven wickets between them to shot out West for a mere 164 in their first innings yesterday.
North had amassed 484 all out in their first essay, with skipper and Man of the Match Shikhar Dhawan leading the way with a century, which vindicated his decision to bat first.
Dhawan declared their second innings at 208 for seven in 67 overs this afternoon and West were on 69 for two in 29 overs when the match was called off at the start of the mandatory overs.
While Dhawan made an impact in the second innings as well, scoring a half century, his opposite number Cheteshwar Pujara, after getting out cheaply in the first innings, remained not out in the second.