Duleep Trophy Final, Stumps Day 3: Play called off, India Red leads by 114 runs

Catch live scores and commentary from Day 3 of the Duleep Trophy final between India Green and India Red.

Abhimanyu Easwaran (102 batting, 173b, 11x4, 2x6) pushed India Red close to India Green’s first-innings total on the second day of their Duleep Trophy final at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.   -  sudhakara jain

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of Day 3 of the Duleep Trophy final between India Green and India Red.

 

India Red 345/6 | 116 overs

The play has been called off. STUMPS DAY 3!

Aditya Sarwate is batting on 30 off 65 balls with Jaydev Unadkat, who has scored 10 runs off 13. Abhimanyu Easwaran brought up a brilliant 153 to emerge as India Red's best batsman this innings, while India Green's Ankit Rajpoot has picked up three wickets.

Soppers at work now.

Our reporter Anjana Senthil with an update from the heart of the action: "It was a pouring a while back, but it's stopped now. The officials are waiting for the sopper to come out. However, there is a band of clouds potentially on their way to cause more harm."

India Red 330/6| 113 Overs

 

CAUGHT BEHIND! Ishan Kishan knicks a wide one from Rajpoot to the keeper and he has to walk back 39 off 56 balls.

 

INDIA RED LEADS BY 95 RUNS

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India Red 318/5| 110 Overs

 

50-RUN PARTERNSHIP BETWEEN ISHAN KISHAN AND ADITYA SARWATE. The pair has now put up 52 runs in 91 balls.

 

India Red 299/5| 108 Overs

 

BUTTER FINGERS! Ishan Kishan tried to cut a wide delivery by Mohanty, but ended up knicking the ball to second slip. However, Aksh Deep Nath couln't hold on to the catch and Ishan Kishan survives.

He is up and running again.

OUCH, THAT'S GOT TO HURT! Tanveer's sharp rising ball hits Sarwate on the right thumb. He  was bleeding and had to receive treatment.

India Red 265/5| 96 Overs

WICKET! And it's the big one of Easwaran, whose patience has finally run out. He is trapped in frony by Tanveer-ul-Haq for a well-crafted 153. India Red five down with a lead of 34.

WICKET! Lomror falls after lunch. Ishan Kishan joins Easwaran. Rajpoot traps Lomror in front for 15.

LUNCH: Easwaran and Lomror shepherd India Red to 251/3 at lunch. It leads India Green by 20 runs.

India Red 227/3 | 79.4 Overs

GONE! Jadeja strikes and Kalsi's patient knock comes to an end. He's caught behind and India Red have lost a wicket at last. Easwaran, on the other hand, is nearing 150. The in-form Lomror is next to the crease.

India Red 220/2 |75 Overs

It's gone dark over Chinnaswamy but at the moment, the rains are staying away. Meanwhile, Easwaran and Kalsi are nearing a century stand and piling on the misery.

India Red 203/2 | 67 Overs

Still no wickets in sight for India Green as Easwaran and Kalsi motor along. India Red has gone past 200, reducing the deficit to just 28. Runs have proved hard to come by for Kalsi, who is batting on 18 off 90 balls. But the Himachal Pradesh batsman hasn't thrown away his wicket. 

India Red 192/2 | 58 overs

Runs are coming nice and easy for India Red. Easwaran continues to flay the India Green bowlers while Kalsi is holding fort at the other end. The two are chipping away at the deficit; more importantly India Red hasn't lost an early wicket yet. It trails by 39 runs.

Here's how Abhimanyu Easwaran dominated the proceedings on Day Two.

 

Abhimanyu Easwaran scored a stroke-filled century as India Red consolidated its position after bowling out India Green for 231 on Day Two of the Duleep Trophy final at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday.

At stumps, India Red was 175 for 2, with Abhimanyu batting on 102 and Ankit Kalsi, alongside him, batting on 11.

After the insipid display by Green's batsmen on the first day, No. 8Mayank Markande pulled it back for the side by rallying with the tail in the morning sesson. Green went past the 200-run mark with valuable ninth and 10th wicket partnerships that yielded 119 runs. Markande remained unbeaten on 76 (off 121 deliveries), a career high.

Windy conditions prevailed and grey clouds hovered over, but rain largely stayed away as Red openers Easwaran and Priyank Panchal stitched together an 87-run partnership to take control of the contest. Captain Panchal didn’t look in the best of touch, but held guard before edging a delivery from fast bowler Ankit Rajpoot to wicketkeeper Akshay Wadkar. He contributed 33 runs off 78 balls in the 121-ball partnership.

Fluid knock

The newly appointed Bengal captain, Abhimanyu, batted fluidly right from the start. He went for his shots and brought up the match’s first six over long-on against left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja. He brought up his half-century in just 70 balls and was in complete control against both pacers and spinners. The 23-year-old played his only uncertain shot — a bottom edge to the boundary behind the wicket — to reach his 13th first-class century. He hit eleven fours and two sixes.

DAY ONE REPORT

Going for pace, Rajesh Mohanty overstepped seven times on Thursday, but couldn’t utilise the windy conditions to swing and trouble the batsmen. Rajpoot, too, didn’t threaten on a pitch that looked good for batting. Strangely, despite the largely ineffective bowling on display, Green didn’t bring in Markande to bowl until the 33rd over.

Read | Unadkat: It was a good toss to lose

Karun Nair, who looked set for a big innings yet again, fell to Markande for 20 after completely missing a pull shot and exposing his stumps. Shortly after the tea break, rain clouds anchored in and disrupted play for 64 minutes. Abhimanyu was on 82 then. The third-wicket pair safely saw off the rest of the passage of play to finish the second day on top.

Defiant tail

Starting the day on 147 for 8, Green’s lower order continued defiantly. Even after Sandeep Warrier castled Tanveer ul-Haq after a 60-run resistance from the pair, Rajpoot, the No. 11, played with confidence and contributed handsomely to the team’s total. While Tanveer ul-Haq played the supporting act, Ankit took things in his control and hit strokes around the park. Green could have folded up for 203 if Mahipal Lomror had latched on to a sitter at long-on. The dropped catch helped the last pair add another 28 runs before Avesh Khan ended the fightback with a short ball that rose sharply to hit the handle and offer a catch to Sarwate.

The 10th-wicket partnership yielded 59 runs, making it the second-highest behind the eighth-wicket partnership. Ankit Rajpoot also registered his highest score of 30 to help the team end the first innings at 231. The last two pairs held fort for 94 minutes.

Brief Scores

India Red 175 for 2 (Abhimanyu Easwaran 102 n.o.) trails India Green 231 (Mayank Markande 76, Jaydev Unadkat 4 for 83) by 56 runs.

Teams (from)

India Red: Priyank Panchal (captain), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Axar Patel, Mahipal Lomror, Karun Nair, Akshay Wakhare, Varun Aaron, Aditya Sarvate, Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Avesh Khan, Ankit R Kalsi, Sandeep Warrier, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishan Kishan (WK).

India Green: Faiz Fazal (captain), Akshath Reddy, Dhruv Shorey, Siddhesh Lad, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Tanveer ul-Haq, Milind Kumar, Priyam Garg, Akshdeep Nath, Ankit Rajpoot, Akshath Reddy, Akshay Wadkar (WK), Rajesh Mohanty, Mayank Markande, Jayant Yadav.