The rainy game of Duleep trophy between India Red and India Blue has ended in a draw here in greater Noida. From past four days, it has rained heavily in the northern part of the country including greater Noida which destroyed the outfield and the pitch. As a result in four days, we could only see the play of 345 minutes and 78.2 overs which are not even equivalent to one day play.
The final day started with the same old story as it rained heavily a day before. The intensity of the rain can be justified by the fact that there was a big queue of vehicles in Noida and Delhi. Even the ministers and VIP guests were not untouched by its effects. The America’s secretary of state department John Kerry was stuck in traffic for long and had to cancel three of his scheduled programmes.
A frustrated Gautam Gambhir too jumped in the debate trolling the Delhi CM indirectly for the water logging in Delhi.
Despite a strenuous work from groundsmen, the ground could not be prepared for the game on the final day as rain arrived in pieces to ensure that there is no play on the final day. The first inspection on the final day was delayed till 5:00 P.M. After having a look at the ground the umpires decided to call off the final day and the match ended in a draw. Both the teams were awarded a point each. With this point, the India Red qualified for the historic final of Duleep trophy.
India Blue and India Green will lock horns in the next game and the winner will play the final of historic pink ball Duleep trophy.
There are speculations that Virat Kohli may be a part of this contest, so surely we will see the fan running towards the ground to get a glimpse of the Test captain. The next and the final group stage game will kick off from 4 September at the same venue here in Greater Noida.