The India Blue team, after wrapping up the first innings of India Green on a paltry of 237 runs decided to further punish the India Green bowlers by choosing to bat once again. The India Blue team had a chance to bowl again, thus winning the game by an innings but Gautam Gambhir decided to do some more match practice and let his bowlers rest to get prepared for the final game.
Earlier in the day, the India Blue kicked off the day on a positive note dismissing the India Green opener Murali Vijay on a score of 6 runs. Karn Sharma bowled a blinder to dismiss Vijay. Captain Gautam Gambhir deserves equal praises as he showed faith on a spinner right from the start of the game. The bowlers continued to give regular blows to India Green and did not allow any batsman to cement down at the crease. Bowlers kept the wicket column ticking.
Parthiv Patel and Shreyas Gopal though spent few hours on the crease but Gopal was dismissed after both shared 78 runs. Patel soon followed him in the pavilion after scoring a half century. Injured Suresh Raina also came out to bat, he played bravely scoring 52 runs off 43 balls.
He was receiving more claps and support from the group of school children present there at the ground as the students of Ryan International School came in the stadium to witness the historic game.
Soon after Raina’s dismissal, the India Green was all out on the score of 237, thus trailing by a massive margin of 470 runs. Karn Sharma and Abhimanyu Mithun scalped 3 wickets whereas Pankaj Singh picked 2 wickets.
At stumps, India Blue was comfortably lying at a score of 85/0 posing a hefty lead of 555 runs over India Green.
Now it is confirmed that India Blue will take on the India Red in the final from September 10 at the same venue.
Tomorrow, we will surely see both the captains shaking hands the moment the mandatory overs will be completed.