New Delhi: A well crafted unbeaten century by Wriddhiman Saha and his 194-run fourth wicket partnership with Ishank Jaggi (86) helped East Zone reach 258/4 against North Zone in the Duleep Trophy semifinal on Saturday.

Play was called off after 83 overs due to bad light at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.

Wriddhiman, who scored his sixth first-class century was batting on 100 (166 balls) alongside Biplab Samantray, who is yet to open his account.

North Zone would feel encouraged from the fact that they dismissed Jaggi immediately after the second new ball was taken. The Jharkhand lad who got a reprieve on 22 (dropped by Mandeep Singh at gully off Parvinder Awana) scored 86 with 15 boundaries and a big six off Rajat Bhatia's bowling.

Wriddhiman and Jaggi joined hands when East were in trouble at 60 for three. India's reserve wicketkeeper in Test matches, carried the confidence gained from his decent show in the Adelaide Test as he played each and every ball on its merit. The kookaburra ball which does precious little in Indian conditions after the first few hours also helped their cause.

He was ready to wait for the loose deliveries and ran the ones and twos well. When Amit Mishra came into attack, he came down the track to hit his delivery over long-on for a six.