Central Zone square off against West Zone in a Duleep Trophy 2022 semi-final on September 15, Thursday, at SNR College Ground in Coimbatore from 9:30 AM Indian Standard Time (IST). 

All-rounder Karan Sharma will be seen leading Central Zone in their upcoming fixture. Rinku Singh, Priyam Garg, and Shubham Sharma are likely to form the batting core for Central Zone. With the ball, Ankit Rajpoot will spearhead the attack with Aniket Choudhary while Kumar Kartikeya will be seen leading the spin attack.  

West Zone qualified for the semi-finals thanks to their first innings lead in their last game after they drew with North East Zone in the quarter-finals of the ongoing Duleep Trophy. After being asked to bat first, West Zone put on a massive score of 590 runs thanks to Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 228 runs and Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten 207. Chintan Gaja picked four wickets for West Zone while Jaydev Unadkat picked three as North East Zone could only manage 235 runs in their first innings. The game ended with West Zone finishing day four on 268/5.

Central Zone vs West Zone Duleep Trophy 2022 odds

Parimatch odds: Central Zone: 2.38, West Zone: 1.51

Betwinner odds: Central Zone: 2.38, West Zone: 1.56

10Cric odds: Central Zone: 2.23,  West Zone: 1.50

Betway odds: Central Zone: 2.37, West Zone: 150

Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.

Central Zone vs West Zone head-to-head 

Central Zone drew against West Zone in their previous encounter back in 2008

West Zone have won two and drawn three of their last five matches against Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy.

Central Zone vs West Zone Duleep Trophy 2022 squads

Central Zone: Karan Sharma (captain), Shubham Sharma, Himanshu Mantri (wicketkeeper), Akshay Wadkar (wicketkeeper), Priyam Garg, Yash Dubey, Rinku Singh, Ashok Menaria, Gaurav Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Dhopola, Aniket Chaudhary, Kumar Kartikey, Aditya Sarvatey, Ankit Rajput.

West Zone: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Tamore (wicketkeeper), Shams Mulani, Tanush Kotian, Shardul Thakur, Rahul Tripathi, Satyajeet Bachhav, Het Patel, Chintan Gaja, Jaydev Unadkat, Chirag Jani, Atit Sheth.

Central Zone vs West Zone Duleep Trophy 2022 probable playing XI

Central Zone: Priyam Garg, Venkatesh Iyer, Shubham Sharma, Rinku Singh, Karan Sharma (captain), Himanshu Mantri (wicketkeeper), Ashok Menaria, Aniket Chaudhary, Kumar Kartikey, Ankit Rajput, Aditya Sarwate.

West Zone: Prithvi Shaw, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Rahul Tripathi, Hardik Tamore, Het Patel (wicketkeeper), Shams Mulani, Chirag Jani, Jaydev Undakat, Chintan Gaja, Atit Seth.

Central Zone vs West Zone combined fantasy XI

Prithvi Shaw, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Himanshu Mantri (wicketkeeper), Shams Mulani, Ashok Menaria,Chiraj Jani, Jaydev Undakat,Chintan Gaja.

Central Zone top picks vs West Zone Duleep Trophy 2022

Venkatesh Iyer: The all-rounder is one of the most promising cricketers around in the Indian circuit. The 27-year-old cricketer was also a part of the Madhya Pradesh team that won the Ranji trophy this year. He played a critical role to help Kolkata Knight Riders reach the final of the Indian Premier League in 2021. With 545 runs in First Class cricket at an average of 36.33, Iyer will be one of the most important players for Central Zone.

Rinku Singh: The left-handed batter has scored 2,360 runs for Uttar Pradesh at an average of 60.50. The 24-year-old has a reputation of being a hard hitter of the cricket ball and is one of the most experienced batters in the Central Zone team, making him likely to have an impact in the outcome of the semi-final.

West Zone top picks vs Central Zone top picks Duleep Trophy 2022

Prithvi Shaw: The 22-year-old scored 113 runs off just 121 balls in the previous game to give the West Zone an aggressive start to their innings. Shaw has been an integral part of the Mumbai team in the domestic circuit and has scored 2,882 runs in his First Class career. He also scored 47 and 44 in the final of the 2022 Ranji Trophy against Madhya Pradesh.

Ajinkya Rahane: The right-handed batter has scored 600 runs in his last six matches in the Duleep Trophy at an average of 66.67. The 34-year-old scored an unbeaten 207 in the previous game against North East Zone to help his team put on a formidable score in the first innings. Rahane has scored 12,188 runs in First Class cricket at an average of 47.24.

Central Zone vs West Zone Duleep Trophy 2022 prediction 

West Zone are a much superior side and have a higher winning probability in the upcoming semi-final. The West Zone have one of the strongest batting lineups in the tournament and are also the favourites to win the tournament.

Central Zone have a talented squad but lack the firepower to upstage a strong side like the West Zone.

Central Zone vs West Zone Duleep Trophy 2022 playing conditions and weather report

Maximum Temperature: 32°C

Precipitation: 0%

Humidity: 69%

Wind: 17 km/h

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