(D/N)Duleep Trophy at Lucknow, Sep 25-28 2017
483 & 208
(48 ov, target 393)
299 & 229
India Red won by 163 runs
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Akshay Gopalakrishnan

Brilliant Washington fires India Red to title

Washington Sundar capped off a memorable match with career-best figures of 6 for 87 as India Red wrapped up a 163-run win over India Blue and lift the 2017-18 Duleep Trophy on the fourth day in Lucknow

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Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan
Scorecard summary
India Red483(127.2 overs)1st Innings
Prithvi Shaw154 (249)
Dinesh Karthik111 (155)
Bhargav Bhatt4/154(42)
Akshay Wakhare3/95(28.2)
India Blue299(67 overs)1st Innings
India Red208(67.5 overs)2nd Innings
India Blue229(48 overs)2nd Innings
end of over 4811 runs • 1 wicket
IND-B: 229/10CRR: 4.77 
Ishant Sharma20 (40)
Washington Sundar24-2-87-6
Vijay Gohil20-1-102-3

Dinesh Karthik is all smiles as he lifts the magnificent trophy. His team-mates rush towards him to get a feel of the giant trophy. They're a happy bunch. It's been a terrific start to the season. The pink-ball experiment has translated into success for the second successive year. Remember that the success of the Duleep Trophy has already shown its results in the BCCI extending the pink-ball trial to the second Test between India A and New Zealand A in Vijayawada. Lot more to look forward to. This is only the beginning. The Ranji Trophy kicks off on October 6. So we hope to see you around then. More immediately, India are enjoying a strong start through their openers, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, to their chase of 335 against Australia in Bengaluru. So if you're ready for a switch over to the shorter format, do switch tabs. Goodbye from me!

"On a personal note, this is a great tournament for me," says Dinesh Karthik, the winning India Red captain. "And as a team, this was a great way to start the season. Hats off to Indrajith and Washington, the way they batted in the second innings, it got is out of trouble. Prithvi batted brilliantly. There were some great performances. Prithvi was batting really well, he was almost dominating. I just told him that the key to winning this match is bat as long as we can and put up a good total. It's very easy to score a century and then get out. I think Washington is a phenomenal talent. He's had a great start to his first-class career. He didn't play too many matches last year, but then the way he's been carrying the confidence from the matches he has played is very exciting. He's a tremendous talent, a player for the future, and it's important to groom him. It's important to keep yourself fit and find that consistency."

"The toss did matter but credit goes to the India Red team," says India Blue captain Suresh Raina. "There was nothing on the wicket initially, but credit goes to Prithvi Shaw and then Washington bowled really well. We lost the toss and lost the game. We relaly showed out character. First innings, we scored 300 and in the second innings, when me and Manoj batted, we didn't know if we'd bat two more overs or 10 more overs because everything was happening so quickly. It was very difficult to bat on this track, almost everything was turning and bouncing. We can't just rely on the toss and expect things to go your way. We could have tried harder."

Washington Sundar is Man of the Match for his 130 runs and 11 wickets. "It's a very good feeling, especially in the final against a India Blue team, it's very heartening. As I grew up playing cricket, I wanted to concentrate on my bowling as well, because I felt I was bowling well in the nets. Even in T20, if you can bat and bowl, you get to contribute in more ways to the team. I didn't have lot of confidence in my defence, so I thought I'll spend some time and get a partnership. I think bowling around the wicket and getting turn from the fourth stump gives a lot of options. I think I'll grow as I keep playing matches on such tracks."

6.10pm A clinical performance from India Red. Washington Sundar, what a star! No matter what happens in this domestic season from here on, this performance will remain one of the highlights of the season. This is only the start of a long season of domestic cricket in India and he has one and all excited at the prospect of what he can yet do as we get closer to the Ranji Trophy. This performance, when reflected on years later, will end up being classified as among the finest. Given the loose soil and explosions that we saw early on, we always knew India Blue had their backs to the wall. They would have had to break them to survive the grind of batting on this track, but as was the expectation at the start of the final innings, it did not end up being a very happy pursuit.

Ganesh: "There are six pacers in this game and none of them has got a decent spell, talks volumes of the pitch certainly not worthy of a finals pitch this." That's a bit harsh, don't you think? You've had three centuries in the match, a first-innings total of early 500 and some all-round brilliance. Not like the pitch has turned square from day one. Today is the fourth day and on conditions in the subcontinent, spinners have called the shots at this stage of a match for as long as Test cricket has been played in this part of the world. Why is it always such a bad thing when a pitch aids spinners?

Washington Sundar to Pankaj Singh, OUT
six wickets for Washington Sundar. Pankaj gets down to slog a length ball, misread the length. Swings feebly, misses and the ball crashes into middle stump
Pankaj Singh b Washington Sundar 6 (14m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 54.54
Washington Sundar to Sharma, 1 run
gets down on one knee but sees the good length and gets back up to pull it away behind square on the leg side
Washington Sundar to Sharma, FOUR runs
advances down again and hammers this length ball down the ground. One-bounce over the straight boundary
Washington Sundar to Sharma, no run
length ball, spins in from off, defended
Washington Sundar to Sharma, SIX runs
comes down the track and whips this over long-on. Slid across around off and he gave himself room to free up as he came down
Washington Sundar to Sharma, no run
full, spinning in, nudged behind square
end of over 474 runs
IND-B: 218/9CRR: 4.63 
Ishant Sharma9 (35)
Pankaj Singh6 (10)
Vijay Gohil20-1-102-3
Washington Sundar23-2-76-5
Gohil to Sharma, 1 run
stays back to this back of a length ball and pushes it out despite keeping low
Gohil to Sharma, no run
advances down the ground and goes hard as he looks to loft. Inside-edged to the pad
Gohil to Sharma, no run
full, outside off, carved away to covers
Gohil to Pankaj Singh, 1 run
full and sliding on leg, clipped away
Gohil to Pankaj Singh, no run
comes forward to meet the pitch and then makes a very late call to let it go
Gohil to Pankaj Singh, 2 runs
full and sliding on leg, clipped through square leg
end of over 463 runs
IND-B: 214/9CRR: 4.65 
Pankaj Singh3 (7)
Ishant Sharma8 (32)
Washington Sundar23-2-76-5
Suryakumar Yadav1-1-0-1
Washington Sundar to Pankaj Singh, 1 run
fuller, outside off, pushed across, defended quietly
Washington Sundar to Pankaj Singh, no run
slog attempted, misses altogether and gets hit on the back shoulder
Washington Sundar to Pankaj Singh, no run
full on middle and off, pushed into the off side
Washington Sundar to Pankaj Singh, 2 runs
slog sweep, skewed in the air off the top-edge, drops in no man's land in the deep square leg region
Washington Sundar to Pankaj Singh, no run
comes forward to defend, gets an inside-edge into the pad before the ball goes into the leg side
Washington Sundar to Pankaj Singh, no run
full on the stumps, blocked

Balan: "Yes; I agree the spinners are getting the job done, but don't they look tired now?" Agreed, they do. But nine wickets have been taken. Not entirely unfair to expect them to push that extra mile, on a fourth-day track no less.

Match details
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
TossIndia Red , elected to bat first
SeriesDuleep Trophy 2017
Player Of The Match
Washington Sundar
Series resultIndia Red won the 2017/18 Duleep Trophy
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 16.30
Match days26,27,28,29 September 2017 - day/night match (5-day match)
Anil Chaudhary
Nitin Menon
TV Umpire
Abhijit Deshmukh
Match Referee
Manu Nayyar