Rajneesh Gurbani’s 7 for 81 ensured three points for India Red in a drawn opening match in opposition to India Green within the Duleep Trophy 2018-19. Green ended up 28 runs wanting Red’s first-innings whole, ending with one level because the match petered out right into a draw on Monday, the fourth and closing day.
Abhinav Mukund had gained the toss for Red and selected to bat on the NPR College Ground in Dindigul, and the group was bowled out for 337. Gurbani, who made 22 from No.eight, was a part of a lower-order resistance led by Mihir Hirwani’s career-best 61 that pushed Red previous 300.
All batsmen within the prime six had bought begins, however solely Ashutosh Singh made a considerable rating, holding a lot of the innings along with a affected person 80.
The further runs proved essential, as Green had been bowled out for 309 regardless of B Indrajith’s 109 and Sudip Chatterjee’s 82. Green appeared on target to take the first-innings lead when Indrajith and Chatterjee had been placing collectively a 123-run stand for the third wicket. But Chatterjee was run out by Hirwani with the rating at 158, and Green’s innings faltered after that.
They would have nonetheless entertained hopes of grabbing the lead at 301 for 6, however Gurbani took out Ok Vignesh, Jalaj Saxena and Ashok Dinda in seven balls as Green slid to 302 for 9. Shahbaz Nadeem had Ankit Rajput caught shortly after as Green fell wanting Red’s first-innings tally.
With solely educational curiosity left within the match, Sanjay Ramaswamy hit an unbeaten 123, whereas B Aparajith matched his twin brother’s feat with an unconquered 101 as Red piled up 262 for 1 earlier than declaring, at which level each groups shook fingers to finish the four-day contest.
All the matches within the Duleep Trophy will likely be held on the identical venue, and are day-night affairs performed with the pink ball. The subsequent recreation will pit Red in opposition to India Blue from August 23.