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India Blue enter final after dull draw

The match between India Blue and India Green laboured to a predictable draw in Greater Noida, as India Blue, who began the final day with a lead of 555, batted on until they were bowled out an hour from the dinner break

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Scorecard Summary

INDIA BLUE 707(176.3 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

INDIA GREEN 237(61 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

INDIA BLUE 298(66.2 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

INDIA GREEN 179/4(34 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan

END OF OVER:
34 | 5 Runs | IND-G: 179/4

  • Shreyas Gopal3 (10b)
  • Saurabh Tiwary20 (24b)
  • Dinesh Karthik1-0-5-0
  • Mayank Agarwal1-0-2-0

That's it from us for this match then. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. The final should be a star-studded affair with six members of India's Test squad set to play in the match. Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja join Cheteshwar Pujara in the India Blue side, while India Red will have Shikhar Dhawan, Stuart Binny and Amit Mishra joining them. Do join us for the final that gets underway on Saturday. Until then, it's goodbye!

Agarwal - I think that felt nice, after the first game. Facing the pink ball I think it was easy. I do believe it was mind over matter and even Gauti bhai said if it's going to swing, it's going to swing. We just need to go out there and play the ball. I'm just looking to spend more time at the crease and that has been working out well for me. All the focus will be on winning the match (final against India Red). My focus will be on helping the team win the match.

Mayank Agarwal is the Man of the Match.

Gautam Gambhir - I thought the toss was crucial, but that, of course, is not in our hands. Putting 700 runs on the board was crucial. Very professional performance. I have always believed that a good team makes a good captain. It's the other 10 people who make a good captain. It's those people in the park who stand next to me who make me successful, so credit must go to them. Whether it's Delhi or KKR, it depends on the kind of squad i have. Mayank is a talented cricketer who keeps a cool head. If he can keep learning and continue improving, he's got a bright future. We need to start well (in the final) to win a five day game, hopefully, we should be up for it. It's another game of first-class cricket. It's not about individual performances, it's about how we play as a team.

Parthiv Patel - When you get hit for 700 runs, it's never easy to make a comeback. I have never kept wickets for four days in a row. I think it's difficult to point out one thing (batting or bowling). We did not play well in the entire game. Conceding 700 runs in the first innings, overall we played a bad game.

8.25pm Gautam Gambhir, the India Blue captain, shakes hands with the batsmen and that will be the end of the day's play. While the match ended in a draw as expected, it was an entertaining final session in terms of strokeplay. Green's batsmen had some fun and were especially severe on Karn Sharma, the legspinner. But credit to Karn for not hesitating to toss it up despite repeatedly being tonked around by M Vijay and Robin Uthappa. He eventually got both of them out with his flight. So Blue make it to the final and will meet Red.

33.6
0
Karthik to Gopal, no run, fires it down leg, left alone
33.5
1
Karthik to Tiwary, 1 run, driven to long-off
33.4
0
Karthik to Tiwary, no run, flighted on leg stump, defended
33.3
0
Karthik to Tiwary, no run, nudges it to the off side and wants a quick single. Sent back. Direct hit would have been close. Makes it back in time
33.2
0
Karthik to Tiwary, no run, worked off the backfoot to covers
33.1
4
Karthik to Tiwary, FOUR runs, width on offer, cut away for a boundary

Dinesh Karthik comes into the attack now.

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India Green 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st17M VijayJalaj S Saxena
2nd116RV UthappaM Vijay
3rd26SS TiwaryM Vijay
4th9PA PatelSS Tiwary
5th11SS TiwaryS Gopal