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Garg, fielding at silly point, was in the line of the ball even after trying to get away from a back foot punch by Avesh Khan.

In a horrific incident that pressed the panic button at the Alur Cricket Ground in Bengaluru, India Green batsman Priyam Garg was hit straight on the neck on day four of his side’s Duleep Trophy match against India Red on Sunday.

According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, Garg, who has been named captain of the India Under-23 squad to face Bangladesh Under-23s for five one-day matches in Raipur this month, was conscious but in pain as the physio immediately attended to the 18-year-old and applied an ice-pack to the injured area.

The incident occurred on the last ball of the 138th over of India Red’s innings which was bowled by Rahul Chahar. Garg, fielding at silly point, was in the line of the ball even after trying to get away from a back foot punch by Avesh Khan. Luckily, his helmet had a neck guard, which softened the impact.

As a precautionary measure, a state association official informed that he was taken to hospital to run some tests.

Meanwhile, Avesh’s maiden first-class half-century helped India Red take a one-run lead. Avesh, who hit two boundaries and seven sixes en route to his 56-ball 64, conjured 73 for the tenth wicket with Sandeep Warrier, who scored just 5.

In all certain, despite conceding the lead, their higher quotient means that India Green are through to the final unless they collapse in the second innings.

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On day three, Mahipal Lomror scored a fine hundred in the first innings as India Red ended the day at 404/9, trailing India Green by 36 runs. The 19-year-old left-handed batsman, who was his team’s top scorer with 126 runs, hit 14 fours and three sixes in his 272-ball stay in the middle.

India Red started the proceedings on Day three with the overnight score of 140/2. Karun Nair, who was unbeaten on 77 on Day two, missed out on a hundred as he perished for 90 off 154 balls.