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India Red did not take much time to fold India Green’s innings in the last session on Day Four to claim their first win in Duleep Trophy 2017-18 at Ekana International Stadium, Lucknow. Needing a massive target of 474, only Karun Nair delayed the inevitable for India Green scoring an excellent hundred. For Red, it was Karn Sharma, who ran past their opponents to pick his maiden 10-wicket haul in First-Class cricket. By virtue of this 170-run win, India Red are now on the top of the points table.

Third session saw Siddarth Kaul skittle out Nair, Shahbaz Nadeem and Mohammed Siraj in quick successions. First to fall was Nair for 120, followed by Nadeem and Siraj. The duo could not even open their account.

In between Kaul s devastation, Karn picked his fifth wicket in the form of Navdeep Saini. He picked up his eighth 5-wicket haul in FC. Karn put the final nail in the coffin by sending Mayank Dagar back to the dressing room. Aniket Choudhary remained unbeaten on 1. Dagar, who came in at No. 6 played a valiant 45-run knock as India Green wrapped up for 303 .

The match was set by Priyank Panchal, who scored centuries in both innings for Red with contributions coming in from Sudip Chatterjee, Dinesh Karthik and Rahul Singh. India Green, on the hand had only Prashant Chopra and Nair contributing with the bat. Apart from Karn, Krishnappa Gowtham too picked up five wickets in the first innings for Red.

India Red next take on India Blue on Wednesday at Green Park, Kanpur.

Brief Scores:

India Red 323 (Priyank Panchal 105, Sudip Chatterjee 52, Dinesh Karthik 50; Murali Vijay 3 for 46) & 307 for 2 (Priyank Panchal 133*, Rahul Singh 54, Dinesh Karthik 100*; Murali Vijay 2 for 26) beat India Green 157 (Prashant Chopra 65; Karn Sharma 4 for 39, Krishnappa Gowtham 5 for 46) & 303 all out (Ravikumar Samarth 59, Karun Nair 120; Karn Sharma 6 for 94) 170 runs.