India Blue inch closer towards Duleep Trophy title- The viewers being awaited for the match between India Blue and India Red, finally the wait has come to an end since the results are out. The Duleep Trophy match’s Day 3 happened on September 12, 2016 at Greater Noida Sports Complex, Greater Noida. India Blue extremely near to the title of Duleep Trophy against India Red.
India Blue won by 693/6 against India Red scoring 356/10.
India Red commenced the match with the scoreboard of 16/2. The players Gurkeerat Singh Mann (57) and Stuart Binny (98) fought their level best, whereas Amit Mishra ended his one at 65. They fought for the Red’s position. Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund unfortunately did not prove to be better players to achieve the positions scoring 17, 29, 2 respectively. The contribution they made to the Red’s squad is next to negligible. Yuvraj in an attempt to cut a ball experienced a fall resulting a catch to Cheteshwar Pujara. Shikhar Dhawan on the other hand experienced an unsuccessful attempt in his reverse sweep.
At 64 for 4 India Red needed a better partnership to reach their target which was comparatively better contributed by Mann and Binny where they managed for 63 runs. Jadeja broke the steady growth of Binny who was very near to his deserving century. The squad was helped by Jadeja on much larger scale.
The 2nd essay of India Blue with 1 for 0 ended the day. By the time India Red was striving hard for the title resulting into frequent failures India Blue had already reached quite close to the cup. They almost had it with themselves. Cheteshwar Pujara and Sheldon Jackson proved to have major shares in the victory with appreciable score of 256 and 134 respectively.
Brief scores: India Blue 693/6 declared (Cheteshwar Pujara 256*, Sheldon Jackson 134; Amit Mishra 2-171) and 1/0 lead India Red 356/10 (Stuart Binny 98, Mishra 65; Ravindra Jadeja 5-95) by 338 runs.