Dindigul: An excellent ton by Himachal Pradesh’s Nikhil Gangta (136) and Dhawal Kulkarni’s dismissal of India Purple captain Abhinav Mukund put India Blue within the driver’s seat on the second day of the Duleep Trophy ultimate at NPR Faculty floor right here Wednesday.India Blue piled up an enormous rating of 541 within the first innings and diminished India Purple to 27 for 1 at stumps as Kulkarni eliminated the left-handed Mukund (7) with an inswinging supply because the Tamil Nadu batsman’s troubles continued.
Resuming at 260 for five, India Blue misplaced the proficient Ricky Bhui at 284 when he was bowled by Ishan Porel for 60. Gangta and Swapnil Singh got here collectively for a fruitful 153-run partnership for the seventh wicket because the Purple bowlers discovered the going robust.
The correct-handed Gangta was in good type and he was not afraid to loft the ball. He reached his fifty (in 101 balls) with a six off B Sandeep and elevated the tempo of scoring subsequently.
Watchful defence was blended with attacking photographs as Gangta saved the scoreboard ticking. Swapnil too was unafraid to play the arial photographs and his knock of 60 included 9 fours and two sixes.
The partnership was damaged when leg-spinner Mihir Hirwani had Swapnil caught of a vanguard by Sandeep. India Purple’s miseries did not finish there as Gangta and Saurabh Kumar (36, 4X4, 1X6) added 70 runs for the eighth wicket, earlier than the latter turned Hirwani’s third sufferer.
Gangta was the ninth wicket to fall when the persevering Parvez Rasool (four for 150 in 53.three overs) had him caught by Abhinav Mukund.
Rasool completed issues off by dismissing Jaydev Undakat (24, 19 balls, 3X4, 1X6). After a sluggish first session, India Blue acquired issues going because the opposition bowlers struggled to get any buy with the pink ball.
In response, India Purple suffered an early setback as Mukund fell after hitting a boundary. Sanjay Ramaswamy (9 batting) and B Sandeep (11 batting) noticed via the workforce to stumps with none additional harm.
Temporary scores: India Blue 541 all out in 167.three overs (N R Gangta 136, Anmolpreet Singh 96, Swapnil Singh 69, Parvez Rasool four for 150, Mihir Hirwani three for 190) vs India Purple 27 for 1 in 10 overs.
First Printed: September 5, 2018, 9:48 PM IST