Duleep Trophy: Gambhir and Agarwal score half centuries on rain-marred Day 1
Monsoon is at its peak here in northern part of the country so how can we expect the cricket matches untouched by its effects. The heavy rain here in Greater Noida ate up as much as 55 overs of the day 1 of Duleep trophy. To make it worse there are strong chances of a thunderstorm on all three remaining days of the game. The picture will get a perfect shape as the following days passes.
Earlier here in Greater Noida, the India Red captain Yuvraj Singh won the toss and decided to bowl first as he was not sure that how the pitch will react. He dropped out Arun Karthik and Anureet Singh from the playing XI giving Delhi duo Pradeep Sangwan and Nitish Rana a chance. Nitish Rana was highest run-scorer for Delhi in Ranji trophy last season whereas Sangwan who made his comeback in domestic cricket after a period of 18 months in Ranji Trophy scalped 32 tickets in 8 matches in the same tournament.
The India Blue batsmen Gautam Gambhir and Mayank Agarwal were out to face fiery bowling attack of India Red. Pradeep Sangwan unleashed the attack on the batsmen right from the first over, his state captain Gautam Gambir was his main target. Nathu Singh would have provided dream start to the India Red if Sangwan would have been able to judge that catch of Gautam Gambhir at deep fine leg. He missed it and dropped a chance of dismissing Gambhir. Batman took a lesson from this and then played cautiously.
Mayank Agarwal to got his chance as Nathu Singh caught him off his own bowling but it was called a no-ball as Nathan overstepped. Surely that irritated Nathu as it was the second chance when he was denied a wicket.
It was observed that Gautam Gambir who is still hopeful of making a comeback in the Indian team was batting with an open chest stance which eventually was causing problems for him as every ball outside off which he mistimed had an equal chance of going to slips. It happened many times but he survived always.
Both the batsmen put up a total of 105/0 when the stumps were called due to heavy rain. Both the batsmen are batting on a score of 51 and 53 respectively.
There are chances of rain on all three remaining days. Weather is still unpredictable here but one thing is sure that the groundsmen will have a strenuous task ahead in the game.