Published On: Fri, Aug 26th, 2016

Kuldeep six-for seals India Red's thumping win

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India Red 161 (Abhinav 77, Sandeep 4-62) and 486 (Abhinav 169, Chatterjee 114, Gurkeerat 82, Gopal 5-123) beat India Green 151 (Tiwary 50, Nathu 6-53) and 277 (Raina 90,Uthappa 72, Kuldeep 6-88) by 219 runs
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File photo – Suresh Raina resisted India Red with 90 off 101 balls © Associated Press

India Green din’t even venture a batathon on the final day as they lost their three remaining wickets in less than an hour to hand India Red a 219-run victory. Left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav added one wicket to his five-for on day three to finish with nine wickets in the match, which lasted only 10.2 overs on the final day.

With the match all but out of grasp, Suresh Raina, resuming on 42, dashed towards a hundred but eventually fell ten runs short; it was Kuldeep, after being caned around by Raina, who got him out. Ashok Dinda and Pragyan Ojha offered no illusions of sticking it out, as they were removed either side of Raina’s dismissal. India Red secured six points by virtue of the outright win in the country’s maiden first-class game with the pink ball.

Raina’s patience against Kuldeep in the first over of the day was a red herring; in the next over he took two fours off Nathu Singh, the second of which saw him back away and glide a short ball uppishly over third man. Raina had hit top gear and Kuldeep would bear the brunt of it in his next over as he conceded three fours. Raina hared out of the crease on all the three occasions, and alternated between hitting straight and inside out.

While Dinda had been shielded from the strike all this while, he could last no more than two balls against Nathu in the next over as his meek pull only went as far as mid-on. Nathu then welcomed Ojha by pinging him on the helmet, but he stuck around to watch his captain play a few more shots. Raina continued to take a liking to his Uttar Pradesh team-mate Kuldeep, and smashed his way to three more boundaries.

However, it was Kuldeep who would eventually come out on top of this tussle. In the last ball of the 56th over, Raina tried to follow a six with a controlled lob, but it was snaffled at mid-off. Akshay Wakhare helped himself to Ojha’s wicket in the next over to bring the match to a close after India Green managed 60 runs in the session.

Full report to follow

Arun Venugopal is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. @scarletrun

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