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Centurion Indrajith anchors India Red to 291/9

Ankit Rajpoot claims three; Unadkat takes two wickets

With an unbeaten 120-run knock, Baba Indrajith anchored India Red to 291 for nine against India Blue on Day 1 in the Duleep Trophy game in Kanpur. At Stumps, the middle-order batsman was batting with Vijay Gohil (22* off 35) in an unbroken 86-run stand in the second day-night four-day match being played with the pink ball.

Electing to bat first, India Red lost their standout performer of the first match, Priyank Panchal just before Tea. Along with Sudip Chatterjee, the batsman had helped the team almost see the first session through in a 70-run opening stand until he was trapped lbw by Ankit Rajpoot.

With Rahul Gahlaut, Chatterjee took the team to Tea at 73 for one at the end of the over. However, in the first over of the second session, the opener was bowled by India Blue captain, Suresh Raina leaving the team on 74 for two. 17 runs later, the No 3 bat was dismissed by Rajpoot. With India Red on 91 for three, Indrajith joined his skipper Dinesh Karthik in the middle. But eight runs later, Bhargav Bhatt dealt another blow to the line-up by accounting for the wicketkeeper-batsman leaving the side 99 for four.

Although India Red continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, Indrajith determinedly held fort. The fifth wicket partnership ended with Akshay Wakhare claiming Rishabh Pant while Rajpoot accounted for Karn Sharma 15 runs later. The middle-order bat was involved in a 21-run stand with CV Milind until the latter was castled by Manoj Tiwary leaving the team on 159 for seven.

With Siddharth Kaul, Indrajith then took the team to Dinner at 161 for seven. In the final session, Jaydev Unadkat claimed the lower-order bat and followed up with the wicket of Basil Thampi a while later leaving India Red on 205 for nine. But, Indrajith found an able ally in Gohil to keep the opposition at bay. The duo stitched together a partnership to deny the Raina-led team the last wicket until play was ended for the day.

Scores: End of Day 1 – India Red 1st inn 291/9 in 84 overs (B Indrajith 120*, V Gohil 22*, A Rajpoot 3/44)

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Karn Sharma and Siddarth Kaul bowl India Red to big victory

Karun Nair’s century in vain as India Green lose opening match by 170 runs

Karn Sharma bowled India Red to a 170-run win with a six-wicket haul to wrap-up India Green for 303 runs in the second innings in the Duleep Trophy, 2017. With a 6/94 in the second innings, the leg spinner who had taken 4/39 in the first innings registered his maiden ten-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

Earlier, resuming the 474-run chase at 98 for two, Karun Nair made a fighting century to keep the opposition at bay for better part of the final day of the match. With his overnight partner R Samarth, he took India Green to 126 until the opener was sent back by Karn. With the end of the third wicket partnership for 89, Ankit Bawane joined the middle-order bat in the middle. However, 38 runs later, Bawane was bowled by Siddharth Kaul which brought Parthiv Patel to the crease.

The India Green captain and Nair then took the team to Tea at 173 for four. The pair plodded on as they strove to keep the innings afloat. However, it was Karn again who ended Parthiv’s resistance to leave the team on 213 for five. Continuing to hold the fort, Nair then took the team to Dinner at 267 for five Mayank Dagar.

However, in the first over the final session, Nair was sent back by Kaul. With the end of the middle-order bat’s 120-run 203-ball stay at the crease, India Red came within sniffing distance of victory. Kaul accounted for Shahbaz Nadeem and Mohammed Siraj to finish with a four-for while Karn dismissed Navdeep Saini and Dagar to seal victory.

Result – India Red won by 170 runs and gained 6 points from the outright win. 

End of Day 1: India Red 1st inn 232/5 in 86 overs (P Panchal 105, D Karthik 15*, Gowtham K 10*, M Vijay 2/15, K Nair 2/17)
End of Day 2: India Red 1st inn 323/10 in 110.5 overs (D Karthik 50, M Vijay 3/46, Md Siraj 2/43); India Green 1st inn 157/10 in 49.5 overs (P Chopra 65, Gowtham K 5/46, K Sharma 4/39); India Red 2nd inn 19/1 in 13 overs (P Panchal 11*, R Gahlaut 1*) Lead by 185 runs
End of Day 3: India Red 2nd inn 307/2 in 75 overs (P Panchal 133*, D Karthik 100*, M Vijay 2/41); India Green 2nd inn 98/2 in 30 overs (Samarth R 46*, K Nair 36*, K Sharma 2/34) Need 376 runs to win
End of Day 4: India Green 2nd inn 303/10 in 89.2 overs (K Nair 120, K Sharma 6/94, S Kaul 4/46) 

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