Duleep Trophy: Saurabh Kumar's five-for helps India Green secure 83-run lead over India Blue on rain-truncated Day 3

Uttar Pradesh left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar's five-wicket haul helped India Blue secure a vital 83-run lead against India Green on a truncated third day of the final Duleep Trophy league match at Dindigul on Friday, virtually sealing a spot in the final.

Press Trust of India, Aug 31, 2018 21:48:11 IST

Dindigul, Tamil Nadu: Uttar Pradesh left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar's five-wicket haul helped India Blue secure a vital 83-run lead against India Green on a truncated third day of the final Duleep Trophy league match at Dindigul on Friday, virtually sealing a spot in the final.

Resuming at 151 for 4, India Green lost the wicket of Gurkeerat Mann (20, 4x4) with the score at 175 and Harpreet Singh Bhatia (3) four runs later, both to Saurabh.

Duleep Trophy: Saurabh Kumars five-for helps India Green secure 83-run lead over India Blue on rain-truncated Day 3

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The doughty Parthiv Patel (80, 109 balls, 8x4) meanwhile reached his half-century and added 40 runs for the seventh wicket with Aditya Sarwate (11).

When the skipper Patel fell leg-before to Saurabh at 231, it signalled the end of India Blue's hopes.

Patel played some trademark cuts and pulls and kept his team in the hunt even as Saurabh kept pegging away to pick up wickets.

Jaydev Unadkat cleaned up the tail to finish with impressive figures of 4 for 16 from 10.5 overs.

Armed with a lead, India Green reached 21 for no loss when rain interrupted play at 4.28 PM.

Persistent rain forced the umpires to call off play at 7. 30 PM, an hour ahead of the scheduled close.

India Blue made 340 in the first innings, riding on half-centuries from four of its batsmen, including an impressive 93 by Dhruv Shorey.

India Red has already booked a spot in the final, beginning on 4 September.

Updated Date: Aug 31, 2018 21:48:11 IST


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4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
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2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
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2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254