Yuvi’s India Red cruise to victory in Duleep opener

Duleep Trophy 1st Match, Report : India Green vs India Red

Brief scores: India Red 161 (Abhinav 77, Sandeep 4-62) and 486 (Abhinav 169, Chatterjee 114, Gurkeerat 82, Gopal 5-123) bt India Green 151 (Tiwary 50, Nathu 6-53) and 277 (Raina 90,Uthappa 72, Kuldeep 6-88) by 219 runs
Crush Green By 219 Runs In Pink Ball Debut Clash
As expected, it didn’t take long for India Red to get the better of India Green and seal a massive 219run victory in the opening match of the Duleep Trophy here at the Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex on Friday . Reeling at 2177 overnight and still needing another 280 to win, the writing was on the wall for India Green and they folded up for 277 in the second innings. Earlier, India Green captain Suresh Raina, who was unbeaten on Day Three, tried to delay the inevitable by making a fine 90, but in hindsight those runs should have come in the first innings. Abhinav Mukund was the player of the match for his knocks of 77 and 169 while Kuldeep Yadav bagged a six-wicket haul for Red.The biggest draw of the match was not a player, of course, but the pink ball, which appears to have got the temporary thumbs-up. There were a few occasional complains about the ball not reversing because of the shine on both sides. There were a few issues with the grip too, but overall the experience of the players was good.

“The pink ball was a good experience. We all came with preconceived notions that there would be a lot of movement but it didn’t move as much as we thought. It was good to be playing the first pink-ball game and be part of history. The conditions were really good. It was an ideal four-day pitch where it would both turn and swing. It was a good pitch to bat on,“ India Green wicketkeeper batsman Parthia Patel said after his team’s loss.

Patel didn’t have any visibility issues with the ball either. “I didn’t have any problems in sighting the ball. During the day I could see it better. Not used to the pink ball coming to you. It’s a matter of getting used to it but visibility was not a problem,“ he said.

So what lies ahead for the pink-ball?
Will the Indian cricket board (BCCI) be able to stage a pink ball Test in India anytime soon, or will the experiment be confined to the domestic scene? “It too early to predict anything. The pink ball definitely has a future. Dew could be a factor. The ball skidded and moved more. For the reverse swing to happen, we have to play this ball on a drier pitch,“ Parthiv said.


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