Gambhir dominated against a decent bowling line-up of pacers Pankaj Singh, Ishwar Pandey and spinners like Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav and Karn Sharma, and played his shots all around the park to collect 18 boundaries in his innings. He played 242 deliveries before he offered a catch to Arindam Ghosh of Ishwar's bowling. Nitin Saini played an aggressive knock of 56 off 76 deliveries with the help of one six and eight fours. Saini was castled by Kuldeep.
Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parvez Rasool kept the North scoreboard ticking with a score of 44 that included one six and six shots to the fence. Rasool, Samiullah Beigh and Yuzvender Chahal lost their wickets within five overs as North conceded 81 runs. Kuldeep was the best bowler for the Central team with figures of 3/94 while Pankaj, Ishwar and Karn picked up two apiece and Chawla bagged the lone wicket of Beigh.
Central Zone: 538 lead North Zone: 457 in 118.1 overs (Gautam Gambhir 167, Mandeep Singh 74, Nitin Saini 56, Yuvraj Singh 47; Kuldeep Yadav 3/94, Karn Sharma 2/67, Pankaj Singh 2/77, Ishwar Pandey 2/86) by 81 runs at stumps Day 3.