DULEEP TROPHY 2019
File photo: Avesh Khan smashed 64 off 56. © BCCI
Avesh Khan’s 64 helped India Red eke out a one-run lead over India Green and take three points from the encounter to top the points table entering the Duleep Trophy final.
Resuming the final day on 404 for 9, Avesh stroked a 56-ball 64 with two boundaries and seven sixes to overhaul India Green’s first innings total of 440. Sandeep Warrier gave him good company with an unbeaten 40-ball 5. Ankit Rajpoot, who bagged the last wicket, finished with figures of 3 for 71.
In what proved to be an inconsequential period of play, India Green reached 98 for 3 before the match ended in a draw, with Dhruv Shorey stroking an unbeaten 140-ball 44. India Green finished equal on points with India Blue but made their place in the final courtesy a superior Net Run Rate.
Brief Scores: India Green 440 (Akshath Reddy 146; Akshay Wakhare 5-103) & 98/3 (Dhruv Shorey 44*; Jaydev Unadkat 1-8) drew with India Red 441 (Mahipal Lomror 126; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 4-135)