Hooda was India Blue's highest scorer © IANS
Hooda was India Blue’s highest scorer © IANS

A couple of centuries and half-centuries by the India Blue batsmen helped them take the first-innings lead against India Red in the second Duleep Trophy match. On Saturday at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur, India Red bundled out India Blue for 444 but not before the latter took the lead. Both Hanuma Vihari and Deepak Hooda scored centuries, while Suresh Raina and Jaydev Unadkat scored fifties to propel the team’s score. However, both teams have just one innings left in the four-dayer to bag the crucial point from this match. READ: India Blue 305-5 at tea, Day 4; trail India Red by 78 runs

After Vihari departed for 105 in the first session of the day, Hooda continued the hammering with Unadkat. They formed a strong partnership which lasted most of the second session. Unadkat scored a fifty, while Hooda reached three-figure mark. Karn Sharma broke the partnership, sending Unadkat back before the team score could reach 400. Soon after, Hooda was removed by Vijay Gohil, which was a big breakthrough for his side. Bhargav Bhatt added 33 crucial runs that took India Blue’s lead further before Karn ran through the tail to end India Blue’s innings. Karn emerged as India Blue’s most successful bowler with a 5-wicket haul, while Basil Thampi and Gohil bagged a couple of wickets each.

Brief scores:

India Red 383 trail India Blue 444 (Hanuma Vihari 105, Suresh Raina 52, Deepak Hooda 133, Jaydev Unadkat 57; Karn Sharma 5 for 94, Basil Thampi 2 for 97, Vijay Gohil 2 for 131) by 61 runs.