India Blue and India Red Draw Second Duleep Trophy 2017 match

 . Last updated on September 18, 2017, 2:58 PM
India Blue and India Red Draw Second Duleep Trophy 2017 match
Suresh Rainas strategy of changing bowlers worked well in the final inning of the match.

The second fixture of the ongoing Duleep Trophy between India Red and India Blue ended as a draw. After India Red scored 383 in the first inning, the Blue team replied with a 444. A day, the third, was completely washed out, culminating as the result. India Red batted again for 133 runs, while the match ended with the draw. In the first inning, Baba Indrajith scored 200, a double century for India Red. However, India Blue came up with several strikers as a counter attack. Hanuma Vihari, Deepak Hooda and Jaydev Unadkat hauled the team's first inning score to 444, running ahead.

Vihari scored a century with 105 runs, followed by Deepak Hooda scoring another with the strike of 133. His strike rate was hefty, hammering 14 fours and three sixes for a 174-ball-133. Lower down the line, Rishabh Pant scored 46 off 23 balls. He had 7 fours and 2 sixes. The Blue reached 300 for 5 wickets, leaving the chase stranded. Even if it had some good scores, there were also several wicket losses. It was the late partnership between Unadkat and Hooda that steered the inning again. Unadkat knocked 57 off 53 balls. With the wicket for Hooda after 105 overs, the team reached 404 runs for 7. The tail was again straightened by Bhargav Bhatt knocking 33 off 26 balls.

India Red bowler Karn finished with 5 wickets for 94 runs in the second inning. In the final inning, the team played well, but could not outplay Blue's strategy of changing bowlers. Almost all players of India Blue bowled in the inning. In 29 overs, the team slogged to 121 for 5 wickets. When the match was called off, Indrajith was at unbeaten at 24. The next fixture of the tournament is on September 19. India Blue will be campaigning against India Green in the match. It is the first fixture of the four-match series.


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