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Duleep Trophy: Rain washes out play between India Green and India Blue

The second day’s play between India Green and India Blue in the Duleep Trophy tournament was washed out and the weather for the remaining days is not looking promising.

cricket Updated: Sep 20, 2017 19:12 IST
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Hindustan Times, Kanpur
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Rain washed out the second day’s play between India Green and India Blue in the Duleep Trophy encounter in Kanpur.(HT Photo)

For the second time in the last 10 days, rain played spoilsport in the Duleep Trophy match between India Green and India Blue, at the Green Park stadium here on Wednesday.

A heavy drizzle, which begun just before the start of the second day’s play on Wednesday, continued till late in the evening, and as soon as the lights were switched on, the umpires decided to call off the day’s play.

Last week, rain had interrupted the India Blue vs India Red tie, which finally ended in a tame draw. Blue earned three points from the game, while Red got one.

With off-spinner Parvez Rasool bagging five wickets for India Green on Tuesday, India Blue got out for a paltry 177 on the opening day of four-day game. In reply, the Parthiv Patel-led India Green were 100 for 3 at stumps. They still need 78 runs to take the first-innings lead.

Given the situation, India Red have already made it to the final, scheduled to be played at Lucknow from September 25 to 29, and only a win can help India Green enter the final. On the other hand, India Blue having three points from the drawn tie and need just a draw in this game to set up a clash with India Red.

Meanwhile, the weather forecast suggests heavy rain on Thursday and Friday. In such a situation, further play in the crucial game seems unlikely.

First Published: Sep 20, 2017 19:12 IST