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  • 7:13 PM IST

    Stumps: Duleep Trophy, India Blue vs India Red, India Blue 105/0, Gautam Gambhir 51, Mayank Agarwal 53: And that’s a sad end to Day One of the second match of Duleep Trophy 2016-17 between India Red and India Blue. Winning the toss, Red elected to bowl but did not get any breakthrough before the play was called off due to rain. Gautam Gambhir lived dangerously but grew in confidence as the time passed by. Mayank Agarwal looked composed at the other end and stitched an unbeaten century stand with his skipper as both got to their fifties. Red will have to stand up especially with their fielding which looked sloppy on Day Two of this match. Join us tomorrow for more updates from this match and hope we do not get another rain marred day at Greater Noida.

  • 4:51 PM IST

    Live: Duleep Trophy, India Blue vs India Red, India Blue 105/0, Gautam Gambhir 51, Mayank Agarwal 53: A hundred run stand for the openers as both of them look unaffected by the Tea break and have gone about their business in same fashion. Gautam Gambhir and Mayank Agarwal both have got to their fifties and will like to add more being well settled.

  • 4:05 PM IST

    Live: Duleep Trophy, India Blue vs India Red, India Blue 81/0, Gautam Gambhir 41, Mayank Agarwal 39: And that’s the end of the first session. Gautam Gambhir-led side have started off the proceedings well with the pink ball. India Red had their chances but looked a bit rusty in their fielding. They dropped a few chances, looked sloppy with some missed run-out chances and overthrows. Some longer spells maybe the need of hour for them? Nonetheless, Mayank Agarwal looked comfortable in the middle whereas Gambhir grew in confidence as he got some runs. India Red will hope for a better session after the break.

  • 3:37 PM IST

    Live: Duleep Trophy, India Blue vs India Red, India Blue 60/0, Gautam Gambhir 28, Mayank Agarwal 32: Mayank Agarwal has looked composed and patient in his approach. On the other hand, Gautam Gambhir easing out in the middle after some early hiccups as he has moved into late 20s. A solid opening run stand between the openers so far. Kuldeep yadav has just been brought into the attack and Yuvraj Singh will be hopeful he will be among wickets like he did in the last match.

  • 3:15 PM IST

    Live: Duleep Trophy, India Blue vs India Red, India Blue 45/0, Gautam Gambhir 22, Mayank Agarwal 23: Both the openers are growing in confidence as they are progressing with their respective innings. Fifty run stand looks bright here as India Blue have got off to a careful and good start at Greater Noida in the second match of the Duleep Trophy 2016-17.

  • 2:48 PM IST

    Live: Duleep Trophy, India Blue vs India Red, India Blue 24/0, Gautam Gambhir 11, Mayank Agarwal 13: India Blue have not lost a wicket yet in the first ten overs though their captain, Gautam Gambhir, has lived dangerously so far. He has been dropped at fine-leg by Pradeep Sangwan off Nathu Singh’s delivery. How costly will the drop be for the Reds? Mayank Agarwal is looking good and has played some beautiful drives. Watchful start this by India Blue.

  • 2:13 PM IST

    Live: Duleep Trophy, India Blue vs India Red, India Blue 3/0, Gautam Gambhir 0, Mayank Agarwal 3: Hello and Welcome everyone! We had good experience of pink ball cricket in the first match of Duleep Trophy 2016-17 between India Red and India Green. Yuvraj Singh’s India Red won the match by 219 runs and will be confident now playing under lights taking on India Blue, led by Gautam Gambhir. India Red have won the toss and are bowling first. Nathu Singh, the star from the first match is bowling along with Pradeep Sangwan. No damage yet for the batting side after two overs as they pile up 3 runs.

Greetings everyone! Welcome to CricketCountry’s live match coverage of the second fixture of the Duleep Trophy 2016-17 between India Red and India Blue. The Yuvraj Singh-led India Red managed to beat India Green by a margin of 219 runs in the first match. Kuldeep Yadav and Abhinav Mukund starred for them, with valuable contributions which were instrumental to lead them to a victory. But the limelight as expected, fell on the Pink ball and the Day-Night conditions. Plenty of positives emerged, but as the tournament progresses more details, more opinions might come out. As the second match gets underway at the Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Stadium in Greater Noida, we’ll bring you all the live updates, stay tuned! READ: Match Report: Abhinav Mukund leads India Red to 219-run win against India Green in Duleep Trophy

Yadav’s 6 for 88, scripted the collapse of the Suresh Raina-led India Green team in the first match of the tournament. He, not only took those wickets, he puzzled the India Green batsmen with his variations as well. Raina’s 90-run knock in the second innings went in vain as his team was bowled out for 277. READ: Pakistan to play day-night Test vs West Indies at Dubai in October 2016

Earlier, Mukund and Sudip Chatterjee had registered centuries to take India Red’s total to 486 in the second innings. Mukund and Chatterjee scored 169 and 114 respectively. Gurkeerat Singh Mann too scored a 82-run knock for the team.

The match lasted exactly 10.2 overs in the final afternoon. First it was Ashok Dinda, who tried an ugly pull shot off a Nathu Singh bouncer to be caught at mid-on. With defeat looming large, Raina upped the ante as he hit a six over mid-wicket and a flurry of boundaries off Anureet Singh and Yadav as he inched towards his century. Raina reached the 90s by dancing down the track and lofting Yadav over long-off but was out off the very next delivery trying to clear mid-off.

The match saw a good crowd attendance too. Despite no seats for the general public, large numbers of localites were seen at the venue on all the four match days. READ: Duleep Trophy 2016-17: Greater Noida’s shot at history as pink ball cricket arrives

Yuvraj’s India Red will be looking to make it two wins out of two. Gambhir though, the captain of the India Blue side, talking to Hindustan Times, said, “It (pink ball cricket) is very exciting, especially when lights are on. I am looking forward to it. I know the pink ball does move a bit, but as an opener I have to deal with it. That challenge is always there, even against the red SG or Kookaburra balls. However, as professional cricketers, we must be ready. And the spinners have to get used to gripping the pink ball.”

He added, “It comes down to mindset. The basics of the game remain the same. You still have to negotiate the new ball, and first session of first day is going to be crucial. I am not reading too much into it. Maybe the players were a bit nervous considering that it was the first day of the domestic season. Once the nerves go away and you hit the game mode, things do get easy. I haven’t seen the wicket yet, but having the right mindset is important,”

Gambhir concluded by saying, “A lot of people have told me to focus on individual performance in Duleep Trophy. Well, that’s not going to happen under me. We will be playing as a team and to win the tournament. That’s the way cricket should be played.”

Meanwhile, the first match between India Red and India Green was over the moment Pragyan Ojha was taken by Mukund off Akshay Wakhare’s bowling. The Red team got six points for an outright win and look good to reach the final of the tournament. Mukund was awarded Man of the match for scores of 77 and 169.

Meanwhile, Yuvraj felt “it moved a bit more than SG Test” while Robin Uthappa‘s observations varied from “colour change” to “lack of reverse swing” as the first set of inputs on Board of Control for Cricket in India‘s (BCCI) much talked about ‘Pink ball’ day-night experiment came to the fore. While there is no denying that day-night cricket always brings in more people as one saw at least 800-1000 spectators during peak evening hours on all three days of the inaugural Duleep Trophy match, the BCCI will still need to figure out a few things before they seriously think of pursuing the idea of a Test match.

For starters, there has been varied opinions on whether an individual batsman has been able to sight the pink kookaburra ball well or not but everyone agreed that not much effort was required to “maintain the ball” unlike the conventional red kookaburra, SG Test or Dukes.

While Yuvraj did not have a great time with the willow but his input will be the most valuable one for the BCCI. He stated after his side’s emphatic win, “I thought the pink ball moved a bit more than the SG ball. It was pretty exciting, the pink ball doesn’t go old. It was coming onto the bat nicely.”

Veteran glovesman Parthiv Patel sees future in Pink ball Test but he conceded that this ball skids a bit more. He added, “I had no problem in sighting. During the day, I could see the ball better. Not used to getting the pink ball coming to you. It’s a matter of getting used to it but visibility was not a problem. As far as future is concerned, too early to say. Definitely there is a future. But dew could be a factor. The ball skid and moved more. Also I don’t think you can have Tests in sub-continent using this much of grass,” quoted Parthiv.

However both Uthappa and Parthiv feel that reverse swing will be difficult with pink ball as the shine and gloss of the ball doesn’t seem to wear out. “We tried hard but there was no reverse swing. There is conventional swing but the shine is maintained so well that there is no chance of reverse swing. I also found that colour varied at different times of the day. At one point, it looked light pink, followed by orange at one point of time before it looked bright pink under lights. I think we will get used to it as much as we play,” said Uthappa in conclusion.


India Blue: Gautam Gambhir(c), Mayank Agarwal, Sheldon Jackson, Siddhesh Lad, Dinesh Karthik(w), Parvez Rasool, Karaparambil Monish, Krishna Das, Suryakumar Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Pankaj Singh, Shardul Thakur, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Baba Aparajith

India Red: Abhinav Mukund, Srikar Bharat(w), Sudip Chatterjee, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Yuvraj Singh(c), Ankush Bains, Akshay Wakhare, Kuldeep Yadav, Nathu Singh, Anureet Singh, Ishwar Pandey, Nitish Rana, Murugan Ashwin, Abhimanyu Mithun, Arun Karthik

(With inputs from PTI)