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  • 10:37 PM IST

    Live – Blue 200/5 | BATTING: Dinesh Karthik 0 (12), Sheldon Jackson 0 (9): From 151 for 0 to 200 for 5, India Blue cascades down after Gambhir was dismissed. And it is Kuldeep Yadav yet again who comes to India Red’s rescue, as he takes a stunning four-four to keep his team ahead in the race.

    Well, that’s it from us! We had only 2 hours of pink-ball cricket. Let’s hope the rain stays away tomorrow as well, so we get some Test cricket under lights.

    In other news, England break a decade-old record to register highest total in ODIs. In addition, Alex Hales scores highest individual score and Jos Buttler bludgeons fastest half-century for England. Oh, God! There’s so much cricket going around.

    I have got to go now and see whether Pakistan pull off the unlikely and chase 445 off 50 overs. See you tomorrow!

  • 9:50 PM IST

    Live – Blue 188/2 | BATTING: Baba Aparajith 17 (25): Gambhir looked set for a big one, but Nathu Singh traps him in front with a peach of delivery. When he made his debut, he was often see getting dismissed in similar fashion, for he had a problem flicking the ball on the leg side. Nonetheless, playing against the pink ball and that too under lights is not an easy task. Gambhir, in fact, applied himself sensibly and his well-made 77 has put his team in a commanding position. Meanwhile, Mayank Agarwal is dismissed on 92. Both well-set batsmen have failed to reach the three-figure mark.

    Just in case you want some dose of T20 cricket, enjoy some TNPL action: Live Updates, Dindigul Dragons vs Ruby Kanchi Warriors

  • 8:32 PM IST

    Live – Blue 116/0 | BATTING: Gautam Gambhir 62, Mayank Agarwal 53: Good news, folks! Indra Dev has finally felt piteous for cricket-lovers, as it stops raining in Greater Noida. Meanwhile, I’m excited to see the class-apart Gambhir playing with pink ball. He was reduced to nothingness by Stuart Broad and James Anderson with seam and swing movement. However, he then went all the way to Australia to train under Justin Langer and learn the tricks of the trade.

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Hello and welcome to the live cricket coverage of the second day’s play in the ongoing Duleep Trophy 2016-17 match between India Red and India Blue. This Duleep Trophy 2016-17 match is the second game of this tournament, which marks the beginning of the Indian domestic season 2016-17. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has, for the first time, given a name to the Indian domestic cricket season, which is ‘India Cricket’. A total of more than 900 matches will be held during the Indian domestic cricket season, including India’s Test matches and other age group games across the country in the months to come.

India Red made a winning start to the Duleep Trophy 2016-17, as they smacked the India Green team by a massive margin of 219 runs in the opening game of the Indian domestic cricket season. India Red captain Yuvraj Singh did not contribute much with the bat in the game, but his team did enough to beat their opponents in the first game of the crucial tournament. BLOG: India Red vs India Blue, Duleep Trophy 2016-17 Day 1

It was a rain-truncated day that belonged to India Blue, who are captained by the seasoned Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir. At Greater Noida, evening showers ensured no play was possible for the most part of the day’s play and whatever action was possible; Gambhir and his team got the upper hand.

Gambhir opened the innings for India Blue after their opponents India Red won the toss and elected to field. Gambhir and his opening partner, Mayank Agarwal, made most of a docile track which had a lot of grass on which the India Red fast bowlers failed to make any sort of an impact. Yuvraj and his team will certainly be surprised with the way their bowlers did on the first day of the play against India Blue, as domination of the opposition batsmen looked like a forte for the team which won the first clash of the Duleep Trophy 2016-17 by 200 and more runs. Match Report: Abhinav Mukund leads India Red to 219-run win against India Green in Duleep Trophy

After 34.2 overs on the first day of the second match in the Duleep Trophy 2016-17, India Blue were 105 for no loss. Both the opening batsmen from India Blue made positive start to the Indian domestic cricket season, notching up crucial half-centuries to hand their team the advantage.

Gambhir was batting on 51 not out off 105 balls. During his innings, the left-handed opening batsman who last played Test cricket for India in 2014 struck five boundaries. On the other hand, Agarwal was on 53 not out, who faced 102 balls and clobbered six boundaries, while putting up an unbeaten century stand for the first wicket.

The India Red cricket team tried as many as six bowlers within the first 34 odd overs of the game, but they had no success. Nathu Singh, Akshay Wakhare, Pradeep Sangwan, Ishwar Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav, and even Yuvraj Singh tried their luck in order to make a breakthrough, but they had little success.

The ongoing Duleep Trophy 2016-17 has a very critical relevance for the Indian cricket fans. For those who are not following the tournament closely or are not aware with the issues making rounds in the Indian cricket circles, there is more than one reason for them to start following this tournament as it has its own unique attractions.

For the starters, it is the first time ever that the pink cricket ball is being used in a high profile tournament like the Duleep Trophy. The pink cricket ball is the future of Test cricket as it will be used for the day-night Test matches, and the ball which is being made by several companies around the world such as Kookaburra, Dukes, SG and even Spartan, is one of the main attractions of the ongoing Duleep Trophy 2016-17. The entire Duleep Trophy 2016-17 will be played at the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida. The ground may not be having all the facilities of an international cricket venue, but it has as many as six light towers for the game to go on unaffected in the dark.

The first-ever pink cricket ball Test was played between Australia and New Zealand late last year, and to organise it, the Cricket Australia (CA) had to put prize money of AUD 1 million to make the players agree to take part in it as they had their own reservations. But India have a long way to go in this regards, and it will be unlikely that the BCCI will be forced to put a prize money in place to make their opponents play the day-night Test with the pink cricket ball.

The pink cricket ball is currently being experimented in India. It was expected that one of the three Test matches between India and New Zealand will be played under lights, but the Indian cricket board suddenly changed their mood and decided to do all their experimentations and study Australian sports equipment makers Kookaburra’s pink cricket ball first. This is why the Duleep Trophy 2016-17 is being played with the pink cricket ball.

For those who are unaware, there is a big possibility of some star attraction getting added to the Duleep Trophy 2016-17. India’s Test captain Virat Kohli, his deputy Ajinkya Rahane, middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma and ace spinner, may we say, ace all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin are all expected to take part in the ongoing Duleep Trophy 2016-17 for the three teams, that is, India Red, Blue and Green at some time in the tournament. Cheteshwar Pujara will also be taking part in the Duleep Trophy 2016-17.

The Indian cricket team will have some of its players joining the three Duleep Trophy 2016-17 participating teams, which will certainly boost their preparations for a long home series. Indian cricket team is playing as many as 13 Tests at home starting late September, as big teams such as New Zealand, England, Australia and even Bangladesh will be touring. India will want their cricketers to be ready and those on the fringes too, such as Yuvraj, Gambhir and Suresh Raina.