Player of the Match
Player of the Match
239dThe Report by Akshay Gopalakrishnan

Brilliant Washington fires India Red to title

Washington Sundar capped off a memorable match with career-best figures of 6 for 87 as India Red wrapped up a 163-run win over India Blue and lift the 2017-18 Duleep Trophy on the fourth day in Lucknow

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Scorecard Summary

INDIA RED 483(127.2 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

INDIA BLUE 299(67 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

INDIA RED 208(67.5 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

INDIA BLUE 229(48 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan

END OF OVER:
48 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | IND-B: 229/10

  • Ishant Sharma20 (40b)
  • Washington Sundar24-2-87-6
  • Vijay Gohil20-1-102-3

Dinesh Karthik is all smiles as he lifts the magnificent trophy. His team-mates rush towards him to get a feel of the giant trophy. They're a happy bunch. It's been a terrific start to the season. The pink-ball experiment has translated into success for the second successive year. Remember that the success of the Duleep Trophy has already shown its results in the BCCI extending the pink-ball trial to the second Test between India A and New Zealand A in Vijayawada. Lot more to look forward to. This is only the beginning. The Ranji Trophy kicks off on October 6. So we hope to see you around then. More immediately, India are enjoying a strong start through their openers, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, to their chase of 335 against Australia in Bengaluru. So if you're ready for a switch over to the shorter format, do switch tabs. Goodbye from me!

"On a personal note, this is a great tournament for me," says Dinesh Karthik, the winning India Red captain. "And as a team, this was a great way to start the season. Hats off to Indrajith and Washington, the way they batted in the second innings, it got is out of trouble. Prithvi batted brilliantly. There were some great performances. Prithvi was batting really well, he was almost dominating. I just told him that the key to winning this match is bat as long as we can and put up a good total. It's very easy to score a century and then get out. I think Washington is a phenomenal talent. He's had a great start to his first-class career. He didn't play too many matches last year, but then the way he's been carrying the confidence from the matches he has played is very exciting. He's a tremendous talent, a player for the future, and it's important to groom him. It's important to keep yourself fit and find that consistency."

"The toss did matter but credit goes to the India Red team," says India Blue captain Suresh Raina. "There was nothing on the wicket initially, but credit goes to Prithvi Shaw and then Washington bowled really well. We lost the toss and lost the game. We relaly showed out character. First innings, we scored 300 and in the second innings, when me and Manoj batted, we didn't know if we'd bat two more overs or 10 more overs because everything was happening so quickly. It was very difficult to bat on this track, almost everything was turning and bouncing. We can't just rely on the toss and expect things to go your way. We could have tried harder."

Washington Sundar is Man of the Match for his 130 runs and 11 wickets. "It's a very good feeling, especially in the final against a India Blue team, it's very heartening. As I grew up playing cricket, I wanted to concentrate on my bowling as well, because I felt I was bowling well in the nets. Even in T20, if you can bat and bowl, you get to contribute in more ways to the team. I didn't have lot of confidence in my defence, so I thought I'll spend some time and get a partnership. I think bowling around the wicket and getting turn from the fourth stump gives a lot of options. I think I'll grow as I keep playing matches on such tracks."

6.10pm A clinical performance from India Red. Washington Sundar, what a star! No matter what happens in this domestic season from here on, this performance will remain one of the highlights of the season. This is only the start of a long season of domestic cricket in India and he has one and all excited at the prospect of what he can yet do as we get closer to the Ranji Trophy. This performance, when reflected on years later, will end up being classified as among the finest. Given the loose soil and explosions that we saw early on, we always knew India Blue had their backs to the wall. They would have had to break them to survive the grind of batting on this track, but as was the expectation at the start of the final innings, it did not end up being a very happy pursuit.

Ganesh: "There are six pacers in this game and none of them has got a decent spell, talks volumes of the pitch certainly not worthy of a finals pitch this." That's a bit harsh, don't you think? You've had three centuries in the match, a first-innings total of early 500 and some all-round brilliance. Not like the pitch has turned square from day one. Today is the fourth day and on conditions in the subcontinent, spinners have called the shots at this stage of a match for as long as Test cricket has been played in this part of the world. Why is it always such a bad thing when a pitch aids spinners?

47.6
W
Washington Sundar to Pankaj Singh, OUT, six wickets for Washington Sundar. Pankaj gets down to slog a length ball, misread the length. Swings feebly, misses and the ball crashes into middle stump

Pankaj Singh b Washington Sundar 6 (14m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

47.5
1
Washington Sundar to Sharma, 1 run, gets down on one knee but sees the good length and gets back up to pull it away behind square on the leg side
47.4
4
Washington Sundar to Sharma, FOUR runs, advances down again and hammers this length ball down the ground. One-bounce over the straight boundary
47.3
0
Washington Sundar to Sharma, no run, length ball, spins in from off, defended
47.2
6
Washington Sundar to Sharma, SIX runs, comes down the track and whips this over long-on. Slid across around off and he gave himself room to free up as he came down
47.1
0
Washington Sundar to Sharma, no run, full, spinning in, nudged behind square

India Blue 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st27AR EaswaranIshan Kishan
2nd20MK TiwaryAR Easwaran
3rd80SK RainaMK Tiwary
4th5MK TiwaryDJ Hooda
5th0DJ HoodaKS Bharat
6th5JD UnadkatDJ Hooda
7th22JD UnadkatBA Bhatt
8th18AA WakhareBA Bhatt
9th33I SharmaBA Bhatt
10th19Pankaj SinghI Sharma