Sports Cricket 25 Aug 2016 Duleep Trophy: Abhin ...

Duleep Trophy: Abhinav, Sudeep slam tons as pink ball gets pounded

PTI
Published Aug 25, 2016, 2:13 am IST
Updated Aug 25, 2016, 2:14 am IST
The Reds reached 344/3 at stumps after bowling out the Green team for 151 in their first innings.
India Red batsman Abhinav Mukund plays a shot en route his century against India Green during their Duleep Trophy match at Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida on Tuesday. (Photo: AP)
 India Red batsman Abhinav Mukund plays a shot en route his century against India Green during their Duleep Trophy match at Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida on Tuesday. (Photo: AP)

Greater Noida: It was purely a batsman’s evening with Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund and talented Bengal boy Sudeep Chatterjee’s twin tons took India Red to a commanding 354-run lead against India Green on the second day of the Duleep Trophy here on Wednesday.

After the bowlers ruled the roost with 17 wickets on the first day, it was the turn of southpaws Abhinav (162 batting, 212 balls) and Sudeep (114, 182 balls) to conjure up a 240-run partnership for the second wicket.

 

The Reds reached 344/3 at stumps after bowling out the Green team for 151 in their first innings with young Rajasthan pacer Nathu Singh picking up 6/53 in 12.4 overs of brisk fast medium bowling.

However, the second day’s play was all about the domination of Abhinav and Sudeep on a pitch that got slower considerably, and the much-talked-about pink ball hardly made any difference even under the lights. The movement off the pitch was minimal which made it easy for batsmen to negotiate.

Mukund, who scored 77 in the first innings, looked more comfortable of the two at the outset as he played the trio of Ashoke Dinda, Ankit Rajpoot and Sandeep Sharma late from the crease relying on shots square of the wicket and the occasional upper cuts.

 

Brief Scores
India Red 161 & 344/3 in 78 overs (Abhinav Mukund 162 batting, Sudeep Chatterjee 114) vs India Green 151 in 45.4 overs (Saurabh Tiwary 50, Nathu Singh 6/53).

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