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Shorey helps India Blue book final date with Red

by   •  Last updated on 2020-04-13 16:24:23

India Blue booked a berth in the final of the Duleep Trophy and will now face India Red after picking up three points on the virtue of a first-innings lead from their drawn affair against Green. India Blue arrived on the final day with a 104-run lead but their grip on the game changed rather swiftly with Aditya Sarwate making inroads into their innings. From 81 for 3 to 117 all-out, Blue slipped dramatically. It was largely due to Dhruv Shorey again, who followed up his 93 from the first innings with a 50-ball 40 here. Apart from Shorey, none of the batsmen showed any application falling prey to Sarwate's incisive bowling. Vikas Mishra and Gurkeerat Singh combined to pick the other five wickets. However, a second-innings score of 117 meant that Blue posted a 201-run target.

With just over a session left on the final day, there were grim chances of a result. Saurabh Kumar raised his match figures to seven wickets as he was quick to remove both the openers early in their chase. However, only 6.4 overs of play were possible before rain made it impossible for play to resume again.

Eventually, Blue picked up three points to add to their existing one point, and with four overall, they marched ahead into the final.

Brief Scores: India Blue 340 (Dhruv Shorey 93; Krishnamoorthy Vignesh 5-50) & 117 (Dhruv Shorey 40; Aditya Sarwate 5-32) drew with India Green 257 (Prashant Chopra 80, Parthiv Patel 80; Saurabh Kumar 5-98, Jaydev Unadkat 4-16) & 20/2.