Duleep Trophy: Kalsi, Nair shine, India Blue at the vanguard

Follow the LIVE scores and updates from the Day 2 of the Duleep Trophy match between India Blue and India Red from Bangalore.

Karun Nair leads India Red's pursuit of a substantial first-innings score against India Blue in Bangalore. (FILE IMAGE)   -  SUDHAKARA JAIN

Good morning, welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of Day 2 of the Duleep Trophy match between India Blue and India Red being played in Alur, Bangalore.


It's stumps, in Alur. Play had been extended till 6 pm. It's advantage India Red after Day Two; India Red is 211 runs behind with seven wickets in hand in the first innings. All to play for on Sunday. Till then, it's goodbye.

Ruturaj Gaikwad is the third India Blue batsman to be dismissed, in the 17th over. He was caught behind for 37 off Avesh Khan. Ankit Bawne and Anmolpreet Singh are at the crease. It's 74 for 3 after 24 overs.

India Red have made big breakthroughs early on with the wickets of Snell Patel (0) and Shubamn Gill (9). Ruturaj Gaikwad has once again provided some solidity at the top with a 32-ball 29. Jaydev Unadkat with the wickets. India Blue is 47/2 in 10 overs.

India Blue finally sees the back of Kalsi as Jalaj Saxena manages to get the wicket. India Red is all-out for 285. Kalsi top scores with 106.

UPDATE from reporter Ashwin Achal from Alur: A marathon effort from Kalsi, who brings up his 100 off 339 balls. With nine down, things were getting tense for Kalsi. A thick inside edge off pacer Pathania is enough to get the 3 runs required to reach a century

Ankit Kalsi's batting on 95, with Varun Aaron partnering him. India Red is eight for 272.

UPDATE: Heavy showers had forced umpires to take the players off the field, but the rain has stopped and the covers are coming off.

Ishan Kishan, Axar Patel fall in quick succession

Diwesh Pathania injects life to the game, updates our reporter at the ground Ashwin Achal. Firstly, he gets Kishan to edge an outswinger to Ricky Bhui at slip, and then takes out new man Axar Patel's middle stump off the very next ball. Jaydev Unadkat, however, denies Pathania the hat-trick with a forward defence. India Red 263 for six. Kishan's out right after making fifty, while Ankit Kalsi's batting on 88.

WICKET! Harpreet Singh Bhatia is out for 2, caught by wicketkeeper Snell Patel off the bowling of Aniket Choudhary. India Red slips to 189 for four.

OUT! Karun Nair stumped for 99 off the bowling of Saurabh Kumar. Our reporter Ashwin Achal updates: Karun Nair prods forward to left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar, and drags his feet out. Wicketkeeper Snell Patel gathers the ball and whips off the bails. The third umpire is called into action, and after a long delay, gives Nair out stumped. He's out for 99, most unfortunate.

India Red resumes its first innings at 163 for two, with Karun Nair and Ankit Kalsi building on their 100-run stand.

Day 1 report