Player of the Match
Player of the Match
252dThe Report by Arun Venugopal

Kuldeep six-for seals India Red's thumping win

Kuldeep Yadav's best first-class figures of 6 for 88 dismissed India Green for 277 and gave India Red a 219-run win in the country's maiden first-class game with the pink ball

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INDIA RED 486(116.5 OVERS)


Commentator: Shashank Kishore

Thanks for joining us today. Gautam Gambhir's India Blue take on Yuvraj's India Red on August 29. Hope to see you then. Cheers!

Time for the presentation

Abhinav Mukund is the Player of the Match for his knocks of 77 and 169. "I was getting into good positions. I've been training well back home, especially batting under lights. That experience helped me here. I think a lot of people had issues sighting the ball, but I didn't have any issues with visibility. The wicket was damp, that's perhaps why so many wickets fell on the first day. I worked hard during the off season. I got leaner and stronger. I worked on my batting as well. I want to carry it through. Hopefully this season marks a turnaround for me.

Yuvraj Singh: Nathu bowled a superb spell to bring us back. Abhinav and Chatterjee's partnership gave us control. I thought the way the ball was moving, 161 in the first innings was a decent score. We wanted to restrict them to below 200. I thought the pink ball moved a bit more than the SG ball. It was pretty exciting, the pink ball doesn't go old. It was coming onto the bat nicely.

Suresh Raina: Credit to Kuldeep Yadav for bowling superbly.The pink ball experience was good. I was discussing with Yuvi pa as well, the more we play, the better we'll get at it. Thank the crowd for coming out and supporting us.

2.30pm So it's taken just a little over 45 minutes for India Red to pick up the three remaining wickets. It was always going to be Raina between them and victory. While he entertained for a while with some scintillating strokes, particularly off Kuldeep, there was a lingering feeling that he was one rash shot away from being dismissed. It turned out to be exactly that way as he holed out to long-off. So the margin of victory then? 219 runs.

It started with Abhinav's tough runs in the first innings on a day in which 17 wickets fell. Nathu Singh then came into his own to pick up six wickets in the first innings. At the end of two innings, this game was on an even keel. Abhinav drove the game forward with a magnificent century. His partnership with Sudip Chatterjee gave India Red a platform from where they could pitch for 450-plus lead, which they eventually got before Kuldeep ran through India Green. The only semblance of resistance came at the top when Robin Uthappa and Parthiv Patel played a few sparkling strokes. Twin failures for Yuvraj in victory, but he'll have another crack in a week's time. Join us shortly for the post-match honours

Wakhare to Ojha, OUT, has he hit that well? No. It's all over. The ball was swirling high and handsome, but Ojha didn't quite find the middle and Abhinav Mukund, running in from long-on, kept his eyes on the ball against the fluffy white clouds as backdrop and managed to take it quite comfortably in the end.

PP Ojha c Mukund b Wakhare 7 (30m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 53.84

Wakhare to Ojha, 2 runs, tossed up on middle, Ojha goes north, ball moves west. Attempted slog over long-on goes towards midwicket

56 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | IND-G: 275/9

  • Pragyan Ojha5 (11b)
  • Kuldeep Yadav18-1-88-6
  • Akshay Wakhare7-0-28-0
Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, OUT, soft, soft dismissal. Failed encore. Kuldeep floats it in on the leg stump as he backs away outside leg. Instead of going for another full-blooded lofted strike, Raina simply chips it to mid-off. Nathu hangs onto the catch. No ton for Raina. India Red one away from triumph

SK Raina c Singh b Kuldeep Yadav 90 (167m 101b 11x4 3x6) SR: 89.10

Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, SIX runs, Raina sees some flight, races down the track, meets the pitch and launches it over long-off for six
Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, no run, Kuldeep pulls his length back, defended
Kuldeep Yadav to Raina, no run, flatter and faster, played back to Kuldeep

India Green 4th innings Partnerships

1st66RV UthappaJalaj S Saxena
2nd56RV UthappaPA Patel
3rd0PA PatelRS Paliwal
4th9PA PatelSK Raina
5th54SS TiwarySK Raina
6th13SK RainaS Gopal
7th1SK RainaSandeep Sharma
8th40SK RainaAB Dinda
9th36SK RainaPP Ojha
10th2PP OjhaAS Rajpoot