Priyank Panchal stars as India Red in command vs India Green in Duleep Trophy

Priyank Panchal scored a second innings century in the Duleep Trophy, his second ton of the match, as India Red took charge against India Green

cricket Updated: Sep 09, 2017 23:22 IST
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Priyank Panchal plays a sweep shot for a boundary on Saturday in the India Red vs India Green match in the Duleep Trophy in Lucknow.(HT Photo)

New run-machine of domestic cricket Priyank Panchal on Saturday became the 11th batsman to score a century in both the innings of the Duleep Trophy, helping India Red tighten noose around India Green on the penultimate day of the four-day tie here.

It was for the 12 time when a batsman scored a ton in both the innings of the prestigious event. Lalchand Rajput was the first one to achieve this mark in 1986-87 during the West Zone and South Zone match at Mumbai and before Panchal, Dinesh Karthik did it twice.

First triple centurion from Gujarat in domestic cricket, Panchal on Friday struck unbeaten 133 to help India Red stretch their overall lead to 473 after stand-in skipper Dinesh Karthik chose to declare the second innings at 307/2 soon after striking his maiden unbeaten century of the season.

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In reply, India Green were 98 for two at the end of day’s play. They still need 376 runs to score an outright win with eight wickets in hand. Opener Ravi Samarth (46, 109b, 5x4) and Karun Nair (36, 55b, 5x5) were at the crease when the stumps were drawn. Leggie Karn Sharma accounted for both Murali Vijay (13) and Prashant Chopra (0) on successive deliveries in his fifth over.

Panchal, who had scored 105 in the first innings, looked calm and composed in his 213-ball essay, which contained 18 hits to the fence. He drove, cut and slashed the ball nicely around the ropes, and didn’t allow the India Green bowlers to pose any problem to him, at the Ekana International Cricket Stadium.

Karthik (100*, 124b, 9x4, 2x6) on the other hand too kept his cool while designing his innings with perfect stroke play. Though spinners, especially part-timer Murali Vijay tried to break his concentration, bowling some quicker ones before the second break, it didn’t make any difference to Karthik, who crossed 9000-run mark in domestic cricket while hitting his 26th first-class century.

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Both Karthik and Panchal stitched together 181-run for the third-wicket after India Red resumed at the overnight score of 19/1 while enjoying 166-run first innings lead after scoring 323. India Green could score 157 in their first essay.

Young Rahul Singh Gahlaut too underlined his potential as top order batsman, scoring 87-ball 54, which contained seven hits to the fence. Murali Vijay remained the most successful bowler, bagging two for 41.

Brief scores

India Red 323 & 307/2 (P Panchal 133*, Dinesh Karthik 100*, RS Gahlaut 54, M Vijay 2 for 41) vs India Green 157 & 98 for 2 (Samarth R 46*, K Nair 36*, K Sharma 2 for 34).

First Published: Sep 09, 2017 23:22 IST