Match Over - India Red won by 163 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: India Red, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Ekana International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
  • Referee: M Nayyar
  • When: 25 Sep 2017, 10:00 SAST
  • Winner: India Red
  • Man of the Match: Washington Sundar


  • Umpire1: Nitin Menon
  • Umpire2: AK Chaudhary
  • Third Umpire: A Deshmukh



Overs: 127.2 / 0.0

India Red



Overs: 67.0 / 0.0

India Blue

Dinesh Karthik is all smiles as he lifts the magnificent trophy. His team-mates rush towards him to get a feel of the giant trophy. They're a happy bunch. It's been a terrific start to the season. The pink-ball experiment has translated into success for the second successive year. Remember that the success of the Duleep Trophy has already shown its results in the BCCI extending the pink-ball trial to the second Test between India A and New Zealand A in Vijayawada. Lot more to look forward to. This is only the beginning. The Ranji Trophy kicks off on October 6. So we hope to see you around then. More immediately, India are enjoying a strong start through their openers, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, to their chase of 335 against Australia in Bengaluru. So if you're ready for a switch over to the shorter format, do switch tabs. Goodbye from me!

"On a personal note, this is a great tournament for me," says Dinesh Karthik, the winning India Red captain. "And as a team, this was a great way to start the season. Hats off to Indrajith and Washington, the way they batted in the second innings, it got is out of trouble. Prithvi batted brilliantly. There were some great performances. Prithvi was batting really well, he was almost dominating. I just told him that the key to winning this match is bat as long as we can and put up a good total. It's very easy to score a century and then get out. I think Washington is a phenomenal talent. He's had a great start to his first-class career. He didn't play too many matches last year, but then the way he's been carrying the confidence from the matches he has played is very exciting. He's a tremendous talent, a player for the future, and it's important to groom him. It's important to keep yourself fit and find that consistency."

"The toss did matter but credit goes to the India Red team," says India Blue captain Suresh Raina. "There was nothing on the wicket initially, but credit goes to Prithvi Shaw and then Washington bowled really well. We lost the toss and lost the game. We relaly showed out character. First innings, we scored 300 and in the second innings, when me and Manoj batted, we didn't know if we'd bat two more overs or 10 more overs because everything was happening so quickly. It was very difficult to bat on this track, almost everything was turning and bouncing. We can't just rely on the toss and expect things to go your way. We could have tried harder."

Washington Sundar is Man of the Match for his 130 runs and 11 wickets. "It's a very good feeling, especially in the final against a India Blue team, it's very heartening. As I grew up playing cricket, I wanted to concentrate on my bowling as well, because I felt I was bowling well in the nets. Even in T20, if you can bat and bowl, you get to contribute in more ways to the team. I didn't have lot of confidence in my defence, so I thought I'll spend some time and get a partnership. I think bowling around the wicket and getting turn from the fourth stump gives a lot of options. I think I'll grow as I keep playing matches on such tracks."

6.10pm A clinical performance from India Red. Washington Sundar, what a star! No matter what happens in this domestic season from here on, this performance will remain one of the highlights of the season. This is only the start of a long season of domestic cricket in India and he has one and all excited at the prospect of what he can yet do as we get closer to the Ranji Trophy. This performance, when reflected on years later, will end up being classified as among the finest. Given the loose soil and explosions that we saw early on, we always knew India Blue had their backs to the wall. They would have had to break them to survive the grind of batting on this track, but as was the expectation at the start of the final innings, it did not end up being a very happy pursuit.

Ganesh: "There are six pacers in this game and none of them has got a decent spell, talks volumes of the pitch certainly not worthy of a finals pitch this." That's a bit harsh, don't you think? You've had three centuries in the match, a first-innings total of early 500 and some all-round brilliance. Not like the pitch has turned square from day one. Today is the fourth day and on conditions in the subcontinent, spinners have called the shots at this stage of a match for as long as Test cricket has been played in this part of the world. Why is it always such a bad thing when a pitch aids spinners?

47.6Washington Sundar to Pankaj Singh, OUT, No run, six wickets for Washington Sundar. Pankaj gets down to slog a length ball, misread the length. Swings feebly, misses and the ball crashes into middle stump.
47.5Washington Sundar to I Sharma, 1 run, gets down on one knee but sees the good length and gets back up to pull it away behind square on the leg side.
47.4Washington Sundar to I Sharma, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, advances down again and hammers this length ball down the ground. One-bounce over the straight boundary.
47.3Washington Sundar to I Sharma, No run, length ball, spins in from off, defended.
47.2Washington Sundar to I Sharma, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, comes down the track and whips this over long-on. Slid across around off and he gave himself room to free up as he came down.
47.1Washington Sundar to I Sharma, No run, full, spinning in, nudged behind square.
End of over 47. 4 runs this over. 218/9 after 282 balls.
I Sharma 9 (35b 1x4 0x6 ) VKD Gohil 20-1-102-3
Pankaj Singh 6 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 46. 3 runs this over. 214/9 after 276 balls.
Pankaj Singh 3 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) Washington Sundar 23-2-76-5
I Sharma 8 (32b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 45. 1 runs this over. 211/9 after 270 balls.
I Sharma 8 (32b 1x4 0x6 ) SA Yadav 1-1-0-1
Pankaj Singh 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 44. 1 runs this over. 210/8 after 264 balls.
I Sharma 8 (29b 1x4 0x6 ) Washington Sundar 22-2-73-5
BA Bhatt 51 (39b 1x4 5x6 ) more
End of over 43. 11 runs this over. 209/8 after 258 balls.
I Sharma 8 (25b 1x4 0x6 ) AA Herwadkar 3-0-29-0
BA Bhatt 50 (37b 1x4 5x6 ) more
End of over 42. 2 runs this over. 198/8 after 252 balls.
I Sharma 4 (23b 0x4 0x6 ) Washington Sundar 21-2-72-5
BA Bhatt 43 (33b 1x4 4x6 ) more

Balan: "How can they not give any bowling to Basil or Dinda for 37 overs?" Well, the spinners are getting the job done, aren't they?

End of over 41. 8 runs this over. 196/8 after 246 balls.
BA Bhatt 42 (31b 1x4 4x6 ) VKD Gohil 19-1-98-3
I Sharma 4 (19b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 40.  A maiden over! 188/8 after 240 balls.
I Sharma 3 (16b 0x4 0x6 ) Washington Sundar 20-2-71-5
BA Bhatt 35 (28b 1x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 39. 9 runs this over. 188/8 after 234 balls.
I Sharma 3 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) VKD Gohil 18-1-90-3
BA Bhatt 35 (28b 1x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 38. 2 runs this over. 179/8 after 228 balls.
BA Bhatt 28 (25b 1x4 2x6 ) Washington Sundar 19-1-71-5
I Sharma 1 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 37.  A maiden over! 177/8 after 222 balls.
I Sharma 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) VKD Gohil 17-1-81-3
BA Bhatt 27 (21b 1x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 36. 8 runs this over. 177/7 after 216 balls.
BA Bhatt 27 (21b 1x4 2x6 ) Washington Sundar 18-1-69-5
AA Wakhare 6 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 35. 3 runs this over. 169/7 after 210 balls.
AA Wakhare 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) VKD Gohil 16-0-81-2
BA Bhatt 24 (19b 1x4 2x6 ) more

Time for a drinks break.

End of over 34. 7 runs this over. 166/7 after 204 balls.
BA Bhatt 23 (16b 1x4 2x6 ) Washington Sundar 17-1-61-5
AA Wakhare 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 33. 9 runs this over. 159/7 after 198 balls.
AA Wakhare 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) VKD Gohil 15-0-80-2
BA Bhatt 17 (11b 0x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 32. 4 runs this over. 150/6 after 192 balls.
BA Bhatt 9 (8b 0x4 1x6 ) Washington Sundar 16-1-54-5
JD Unadkat 9 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 31. 3 runs this over. 146/6 after 186 balls.
JD Unadkat 7 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) VKD Gohil 14-0-71-1
BA Bhatt 7 (5b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 30. 6 runs this over. 143/6 after 180 balls.
BA Bhatt 6 (4b 0x4 1x6 ) Washington Sundar 15-1-50-5
JD Unadkat 5 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 29. 4 runs this over. 137/5 after 174 balls.
JD Unadkat 5 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) VKD Gohil 13-0-68-1
DJ Hooda 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 )