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Panchal’s second ton puts India Red in commanding position

Captain Dinesh Karthik also hits a century as India Green stare at a defeat

Chasing 474 runs to win, India Green were 98 for two at Stumps on Day 3 of their Duleep Trophy match against India Red in Lucknow. After Priyank Panchal (133*) and Dinesh Karthik (100*) set India Green a massive target, Karn Sharma claimed M Vijay and P Chopra early in the innings and put India Red in a commanding position.

After India Green were left reeling at 37 for two by the leg-spinner, Karun Nair (36* off 55) joined forces with opener Samarth R (46* off 109) to stabilize the innings. The duo saw the team through to the end of day’s play in an unbroken 61-run partnership.

Earlier on the third morning, Panchal resumed India Red’s second innings with Rahul Gahlaut on 19 for one. The opener from Gujarat once again anchored the innings with a well compiled century. He was ably supported by the No 3 bat in boosting the team’s lead.

Gahlaut too posted a determined half-century as he partnered with Panchal to lay the foundation for a solid total. The pair had stitched a 114-run stand when Vijay had the No 3 batsman stumped to end the partnership. The experienced campaigner, who claimed his fifth wicket of the game and was the only bowler to get wickets for India Green in the innings.

Panchal then found an able partner in Dinesh Karthik and duo continued to glean runs off the opposition. Having come together in the first session, they continued to add to the tally in the second and took the team to Dinner at 285 for two. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who was 19 runs short of the three-figure mark when play resumed for the final session soon brought up his century and declared the innings at 307 for two. 

The unbroken 181-run partnership for the third wicket between Panchal and Karthik has given India Red a chance to get an outright win. The balance was further tipped in the team’s favour as Karn once again caused early damage to the India Green line-up by picking vital wickets.

While India Red need to pick eight wickets on the final day of the match, India Green need 376 runs to win.

End of Day 1: India Red 1st inn 232/5 in 86 overs (P Panchal 105, D Karthik 15*, Gowtham K 10*, M Vijay 2/15, K Nair 2/17)
End of Day 2: India Red 1st inn 323/10 in 110.5 overs (D Karthik 50, M Vijay 3/46, Md Siraj 2/43); India Green 1st inn 157/10 in 49.5 overs (P Chopra 65, Gowtham K 5/46, K Sharma 4/39); India Red 2nd inn 19/1 in 13 overs (P Panchal 11*, R Gahlaut 1*) Lead by 185 runs
End of Day 3: India Red 2nd inn 307/2 in 75 overs (P Panchal 133*, D Karthik 100*, M Vijay 2/41); India Green 2nd inn 98/2 in 30 overs (Samarth R 46*, K Nair 36*, K Sharma 2/34) Need 376 runs to win

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Karn Sharma, Gowtham bowl India Red to big lead

Parthiv Patel reaches landmark 10,000 runs in first-class cricket

India Red were leading by 185 runs as Priyank Panchal and Rahul Gahlaut took the team to Stumps at 19 for one in the second innings. As many as 16 wickets fell on Day 2 of Duleep Trophy match between India Red and India Green as spinners dominated in the day/night game. K Gowtham (5/46) and Karn Shrama (4/39) skittled out India Green for 157 after India Red were bowled out for 323, having added 91 runs to their overnight score.

While bowlers made hay, India Green captain, Parthiv Patel reached a landmark of 10,000 runs in first-class cricket.

Earlier, after resuming their innings on 232 for five, Dinesh Karthik continued to strive to keep India Red’s first innings alive with the lower-order in an effort to add useful runs to the tally. Gowtham was the first to depart; sent back for 22 by Navdeep Saini. After 32 rubs, Karn was dismissed by Mohammed Siraj leaving the team on 286 for seven. Couple of overs later, the wicketkeeper-batsman’s resistance was ended 50; trapped lbw by Siraj. CV Milind then took the team past the three-figure mark with Siddharth Kaul and Ashoke Dinda. M Vijay claimed the pacer from Bengal to wrap up the India Red’s first innings at the stroke of Tea.

The pair of Gowtham and Karn then wrecked the India Green line-up in 49.5 overs. Karn trapped Vijay leg before wicket with just six runs on the board while R Samarth was run out with the side on 10. However, P Chopra and Karun Nair joined forces in an effort to script a reply to the India Red innings. The pair added 113 runs until Gowtham struck to claim Nair and end the flourishing partnership.14 runs later the off-spinner claimed Chopra while the leg-spinner followed up with the wicket of Ankit Bawane to leave the team on 140 for five. In the next over, Parthiv was sent back for 17 after joining the 10,000 first-class runs club by Gowtham. The spin duo then claimed the reaming four wickets in quick succession to bowl India Red to a 166-run first innings lead.

Having bowled the opposition out in the last session of the day, Panchal and Sudip Chatterjee came to the crease to build on the lead. After Chatterjee was sent back by Vijay for seven; India Red’s first innings centurion took the team to stumps with Gahlaut.

End of Day 1: India Red 1st inn 232/5 in 86 overs (P Panchal 105, D Karthik 15*, Gowtham K 10*, M Vijay 2/15, K Nair 2/17)
End of Day 2: India Red 1st inn 323/10 in 110.5 overs (D Karthik 50, M Vijay 3/46, Md Siraj 2/43); India Green 1st inn 157/10 in 49.5 overs (P Chopra 65, Gowtham K 5/46, K Sharma 4/39); India Red 2nd inn 19/1 in 13 overs (P Panchal 11*, R Gahlaut 1*) Lead by 185 runs 

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