Duleep Trophy: Rain ends India Green’s campaign, India Blue vs India Red in final
For the third consecutive day, not a single ball could be bowled and India Green and India Blue were awarded a point each, thus paving the way for the Suresh Raina’s men to set up the Duleep Trophy final against Dinesh Karthik-led India Red, starting September 25.cricket Updated: Sep 22, 2017 18:53 IST
After three days of rain, the four-day Duleep Trophy tie between India Green and India Blue ended in a draw, at the Green Park Stadium here on Friday.
For the third consecutive day, not a single ball could be bowled and the two teams were awarded a point each, thus paving the way for the Suresh Raina-led India Blue setting up a title clash with Dinesh Karthik-led India Red, starting Monday in Lucknow.
On the very first day of the tie, after skittling out India Blue for 177, India Green were 100/3 at stumps. Thereafter, heavy rains continued to play spoilsport. Now, India Red lead the table with seven points, followed by India Blue with four points and India Green with one point.
The final match, which will also be played with pink balls and under lights, will also decide the fate of the stadium for hosting the proposed India-New Zealand one-dayer on October 29. “Much will depend on the success of the Duleep Trophy final here as the BCCI as well as ICC officials may come here to take stock of the situation before finalising the venue for the ODI,” a source in the UP Cricket Association said on Friday.