Prithvi Shaw emulates Sachin Tendulkar, India Red on top in Duleep Trophy final
Prithvi Shaw and Dinesh Karthik scored a century each to put India Red in a strong position in the Duleep Trophy final.cricket Updated: Sep 26, 2017 10:25 IST
Prithvi Shaw, 17, on Monday became the second-youngest batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score a hundred on debut in Duleep Trophy, as India Red got off to a fine start against India Blue in the final.
Shaw had hit a century on his Mumbai debut in Ranji Trophy during the semi-final in January against Tamil Nadu. It made him the first Mumbai batsman to score a hundred on Ranji debut in more than two decades.
On the opening day of the Duleep final at the Ekana International Cricket Stadium, Shaw struck a career-best knock as India Red finished at 317/5 in 83.3 overs. Skipper Dinesh Karthik too slammed a hundred, his 27th first-class century.
The pint-sized Shaw took the limelight away from India seamer Ishant Sharma, playing for India Blue. His 154 came off 249 balls with the help of 18 fours and a six. The chance-less knock left rival skipper Suresh Raina short of ideas as he used eight bowlers, including himself and part-timer Manoj Tiwary. But nothing worked.
Starting with a cover drive off Ishant, Shaw showed character on the red-clay pitch, cutting, driving and even slashing with power and perfection. After playing five dot balls off Ishant’s seventh over, Shaw slashed a delivery outside off-stump for four to complete his second first-class century in his third match.
It was a perfect toss to win for Karthik, who chose to bat on a slow surface. The slower bowlers, including Bhargav Bhatt and Raina, spun the ball, posing some problems for Karthik, but it didn’t make a difference to Shaw.
Before being trapped leg before off Akshay Wakhre, Karthik struck a 155-ball 111, containing 12 hits to the fence. This was Karthik’s second ton at this venue in Duleep Trophy this season. He had scored an unbeaten 100 in the second innings against India Green in the opening match.
Ishant went wicketless as Shaw and fellow opener Akhil Herwadkar (25, 64, 4x4) dominated, stitching a 74-run stand before Akhil was run out by Jaydev Unadkat’s throw.
Surya Kumar Yadav (8, 12b, 1x4) fell cheaply.
Two wickets in succession raised hopes for India Blue, but Shaw and Karthik replied with 211-run stand for the third wicket. Shaw’s innings came to an end just before stumps as he edged to wicket-keeper S Bharat off Bhatt, who also had Baba Indrajith (4) caught by Ishan Kishan on the last ball of the day.
BRIEF SCORES: India Red 317/5 in 83.3 overs (P Shaw 154, D Karthik 111, B Bhatt 3/83).