New Delhi: South Zone opener Lokesh Rahul, who scored his second century in the ongoing Duleep Trophy cricket final against Central, said that his patience and focus paid off for him on a slower wicket at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Saturday.
"Today's wicket was slower and harder to bat as compared to the second day. It was a two-paced wicket with the odd balls staying low. But once you are set, you can play your shots and get good value out of them as the outfield here is also quite good. So, I played my shots and each of them came off well," Lokesh told reporters.
Lokesh made an unbeaten 121 of 132 balls to help South stay only 117 runs away from winning the final against Central Zone, who rode on Robin Bist's unbeaten 112 to set a challenging 301-run target for the southern side. But Lokesh's knock, comprising of five sixes and 12 fours, flattened the Central bowlers.