Suresh Raina scored half-century    Getty Images
Suresh Raina scored half-century Getty Images

Hanuma Vihari (86*) and Suresh Raina (52) guided India Blue to 216 for 3 against India Red at stumps of Day Two of Match No. 2 of Duleep Trophy 2017. At the Green Park Stadium, Kanpur on Thursday, India Red put up 383 thanks to a spectacular 178-run last-wicket stand between Baba Indrajith and Vijay Gohil. Then they bagged three India Blue wickets. However, the Blues are not under much pressure. They have ample runs on the board and have 7 wickets in hand. Vihari will continue batting with Deepak Hooda (23*) on Day Three.

Indrajith’s extraordinary batting revived India Red from 205 for 9 to 383. He was unbeaten at 120 at stumps on Day One. He continued the destruction on Thursday morning. Adding 80 more runs in the first session of the day, Indrajith got out for 200, ending India Red’s innings. Gohil’s unbeaten 34 was a commendable effort at the other end. Their partnership is the highest in the history of Duleep Trophy and second-highest in First-Class cricket on Indian soil. For India Blue, Ankit Rajpoot’s 3 for 56 were the best figures.

Dinesh Karthik introduced Karn Sharma from one end and Siddarth Kaul from the other. Karn got the team their first breakthrough on 47, removing Samit Goel (36). Next in, experienced Manoj Tiwary failed to impress with the bat, departing soon for 20 to Vijay Gohil. It was not until skipper Raina came out that the team had a strong, run-fetching partnership. Both Raina and Vihari scored individual half-centuries while taking their side past 150. Raina departed soon afterwards but Vihari held the innings together. He was joined by Hooda as both remained unbeaten to see the team score cross 200. India Blue now trail India Red by 167 runs.

Of the India Red bowlers, Karn, Basil Thampi and Vijay Gohil were successful with a wicket apiece.

Brief scores:

India Red 383 lead India Blue 216 for 3 (Samit Gohel 32, Hanuma Vihari 86*, Suresh Raina 52; Karn Sharma 1 for 51, Basil Thampi 1 for 61, Vijay Gohil 1 for 50) by 167 runs.