Ravindra Jadeja’s match haul of ten wickets and Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten 256 in the first innings helped India Blue beat India Green by a mammoth 355 runs, and win the 2016 edition of the Duleep Trophy.
Played under lights with the pink ball, Duleep Trophy was dominated by the Blue unit. Led from the front by Gautam Gambhir, the team outplayed Yuvraj Singh-led Green in the final to get their hands on the trophy.
Blue batted the Green team out of the contest after they posted a 693-run first innings total. Riding high on contributions from Pujara, Sheldon Jackson (134) and Gambhir (94). the team gained an early advantage in the contest.
Chasing the huge total, Green needed something special with the bat but that wasn’t the case as Ravindra Jadeja made most of the conditions on offer and his fifer kept the opposition to 356 in the first innings. The lead assured them the win but Gambhir wanted an outright win.
He declared at 179/5, and set a stiff target for the Yuvraj-led unit. Jadeja spun a web in the fourth innings too and another fifer bundled out Green for a paltry 161-run total, 355 shy of the target.
Pujara and Jadeja’s return to form is a good sign for India as both will feature in the upcoming home series against New Zealand.
Brief Scores: India Blue 693/6 decl and 179/5 decl (Mayank Agarwal 52, Rohit Sharma 32 no, Kuldeep Yadav 3/62) India Red 356 & 161 in 44.1 overs (Gurkeerat Singh 39, Ravindra Jadeja 5/76). India Blue won by 355 runs.