Duleep Trophy: India Green advances to the final after match ends in draw

Catch all the LIVE updates, scores and commentary from Day 4 of the Duleep Trophy match between India Green and India Red being played in Alur, Bengaluru.

Dharmendrasinh Jadeja(left) was the pick of the bowlers for India Red as he ended the day with the four wickets in 42 overs.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

Good morning, welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of Day 4 of the Duleep Trophy match between India Green and India Red being played in Alur, Bengaluru.

 

INDIA GREEN 77-3| 41 Overs

Dhruv Shorey  34 (51 balls), S Lad  6 (34 balls)

 

Dhruv Shorey is joined by Siddesh Lad in the middle.

-->Fazal 11 (51 balls) LBW B. Wakhare

-->Reddy 4 (21 balls) ct KS Bharat B. J Unadkat

India Red strikes early as the openers are sent back to the pavilion. Faiz Fazal is caught LBW by Wakhare after Reddy was caught behind off Jaydev Unadkat.

 

INDIA GREEN 11-0| 8 Overs

Fazal 7 (28 balls), Reddy 4 (21 balls)

 

Faiz Fazal and centurion Akshath Reddy open the innings for India Red. Fazal hits the first boundary of the innings.

INDIA GREEN SECOND INNINGS

 

INDIA RED 441/10 | 145.3 Overs

Avesh Khan 64 (56 balls), DA Jadeja 45-9-135-4

 

ALL-OUT! And the first innings of India Red comes to an end. A mere one-run lead for India Red, thanks to Avesh Khan's late heroics

INDIA RED 436/9| 144 overs

Avesh Khan 59 (51 balls), Warrier 5 (38 balls)

 

With 6 sixes and a boundary, Avesh Khan has raced to his half-century with a strike-rate of well above 100.

FIFTY UP FOR AVESH KHAN! OH, THE ONSLAUGHT FROM THE FAST BOWLER CONTINUES. TOWARDS THE END OF YESTERDAY'S PLAY, HE CAME OUT WITH ALL GUNS BLAZING AND HE LOOKS IN NO MOOD TO CHANGE THAT.

INDIA RED 417/9| 138 overs

Avesh Khan 46 (28 balls), Warrier 3 (23 balls)

 

Recap of day 3

A defiant 126 (272b, 14x4, 3x6) from Mahipal Lomror and some spectacular late hitting by Avesh Khan frustrated India Green as it pushed for the first-innings lead over India Red on the third day of their Duleep Trophy clash here.

At stumps at the Alur grounds on Saturday, Red was 404 for nine, 36 runs behind Green’s total. Three points from this fixture, which is almost certain to end in a draw on the fourth day, would guarantee Green a spot in the final against Red.

Other plans

When the ninth Red wicket fell for 368 on the board, the end of the innings seemed near. But Avesh had other plans. The Madhya Pradesh fast bowler clubbed five mammoth sixes off Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, including four off one over. Two balls landed outside the compound and were lost.

Avesh was on 31 off eight balls at one point; a measure of calm returned to his batting thereafter and he walked back unbeaten on 34 (18b). The last-wicket pair of Avesh and Sandeep Warrier walked back, having added 36 runs (33b).

Drab batting

In the morning, the runs slowed to a crawl, India Red pottering along at two an over during the first hour of play. Karun Nair looked ill-at-ease against Rahul Chahar, who sent down 24 balls to him for only three runs. Karun was stuck on 89 for 12 balls until he finally added a run. But he fell for 90, dragging Ankit Rajpoot onto the stumps. The Karnataka man had been dismissed for 99 in the first innings of the previous game; he will be disappointed to have missed out on another century.

Lomror stood firm even as his partners departed. The 19-year-old from Rajasthan looked composed at the crease, having shelved his naturally attacking style for the day. “I’m prepared for every situation; I was just trying to play according to the demands of the team, the match and the pitch,” he said. Last season was the young left-hander’s best in the Ranji Trophy, as he amassed 708 runs. He has made a good beginning to the new season here.

Unadkat batted sensibly with Lomror, as the pair added 66 runs for the seventh wicket. Red looked on course to claim the first-innings lead at that stage until Jadeja broke through. Lomror played down the wrong line to a delivery from the left-armer and was caught at slip. Unadkat went minutes later, caught at gully off the same bowler. Red lost three wickets for five runs, and Green looked set for the lead. And then Avesh walked in.

The scores: India Green 440 vs. India Red 404 for nine in 135 overs (Mahipal Lomror 126, Priyank Panchal 31, Karun Nair 90, K.S. Bharat 38, J. Unadkat 30, Avesh Khan 34 batting, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja four for 125).
                                                                       

Squads:

India Green: Faiz Fazal (c), Akshdeep Nath, Rahul Chahar, Priyam Garg, Dharmendrasinh, Siddhesh Lad, Milind Kumar, Ishan Porel, Rajesh Mohanty, Ankit Rajpoot, Akshath Reddy, Dhruv Shorey, Tanveer Ul-Haq, Akshay Wadkar, Jayant Yada

India Red: Priyank Panchal (c), Varun Aaron, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Harpreet Singh, Ishan Kishan, Ankit Kalsi, Mahipal Lomror, Ronit More, Karun Nair, Axar Patel, Sandeep Warrier, Aditya Sarwate, Jaydev Unadkat, Akshay Wakhare



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Here is the points table as it stands now in the Duleep Trophy.

TeamsMatches playedWonLostTiedDrawnPoints
India Red100013
India Blue200022
India Green100011