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When they were sent in to bat, Ajinkya Rahane (207 batting) and Jaiswal (228) toyed with the North East bowling attack, adding 333 runs for the second wicket.

Ajinkya Rahane and Yashasvi Jaiswal hammered double centuries as West Zone put up a pedestrian attack on North East Zone at spade, scoring 590 from two overs in their Duleep Trophy quarterfinal in Chennai on Friday.

When sent to bat, Rahane (batting 207) and Jaiswal (228) combined to add 333 runs for the second wicket against the Northeast bowling lineup. Rahane, who has played many memorable shots in test cricket, seemed to enjoy hitting the middle while bowling the northeast. Rahane, who is not known for being a six-hitter, sent six over the rope in addition to his 22 fours to establish his dominance on day two.

Prithvi Shaw was the first man sacked by the opposing team earlier in the day when spinner Ankur Malik was caught from behind by Ashish Thapa for a spirited 113. He and Jaiswal had put up 206 for the first wicket.

The duo, who resumed at 116 with no losses overnight, quickly added another 90 runs, picking up where they left off on a rain-soaked opening day.

Following a reprieve in the 80th minute, Shaw turned the tables with a shot into the wing box, before falling to Ankur Malik against the game’s development.

Rahane ensured the misery of the Northeast bowlers continued because he needed runs to return to the Test side. The stylish right-handed batsman seemed to enjoy his time in the middle, and he got into the opposition bowling with the help of the talented Jaiswal.

When Malik dropped a catch on his bowling alley, Jaiswal was also given a reprieve. However, the pair continued to score runs against Will, and Jaiswal completed his double century in 281 balls.

Jonathan Rongsen’s off-spin bowling ended Jaiswal’s batting career when Bishworjit Singh caught him for 228.

Rahul Tripathi joined Rahane in the middle and together they battled for a 51-run victory in record time.

Shaw said at the end of the day’s game that scoring a century was special and that it was important to stay focused despite the weak bowling attack.

“I think it was special for me because after training so much and giving myself time, good to score a century,”

he said, attempting to downplay the inexperienced bowling attack.

“To be honest, if they’re at this level, they must have done something. They have promise, which is why they are here.

“They bowled well in the first 20-25 overs. Yash (Jaiswal) and Ajju bhai are obviously getting those doubles (centuries)… I believe you only need one ball to escape. We must concentrate and prepare for it.”

Shaw was asked how significant this domestic season was for him after being on the sidelines of the national team a few seasons back.

“Every contest is significant to me. I’m a guy who works well with others. Whatever chance arises, I intend to seize it.”

West Zone 590 for 2 in 123 overs versus North East Zone (Yashasvi Jaiswal 228, Ajinkya Rahane 207 batting, Prithvi Shaw 113)

Virat Singh's ton contributes to East Zone's 397-point victory against North Zone.

In Puducherry, Yash Dhull and Manan Vohra led a strong North Zone response, reaching 65 with no losses after East Zone had recorded 397 in their first innings.

After captain Manoj Tiwary (27) was bowled by Nishant Sindhu after 77 runs with Virat Singh, the contributions of Singh and Shahbaz Ahmed enabled East Post to reach a competitive total.

North’s hard-working pacemaker Navdeep Saini and left-arm spinner Nishant Sindhu each took three wickets, which helped ensure East didn’t reach 400.

Dhull, who led India to the ICC Under-19 World Cup title earlier this year, led the Northern Zone response with a flurry of bounds on his 35th stroke.

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