Ashutosh helps India Red to 230 for 6

Dindigul (Tamil Nadu): Chhattisgarh batsman Ashutosh Singh made a patient, unbeaten 57 as India Red reached 230 for six on the opening day of the Duleep Trophy match against India Green here.

India Red captain Abhinav Mukund won the toss and elected to bat and provided the team a solid start as he put on 69 runs with Vidarbha opener Sanjay R Ramaswamy. He fell to a catch by Prashanth Chopra for 34 to give Ankit Rajpoot his first wicket. All the batsmen got starts but failed to capitalise as India Green bowlers kept chipping away.

Ashutosh displayed a lot of patience as his 194-ball knock, which included just two boundaries. He was involved in a 61-run partnership with wicket-keeper Akshay Wadkar (29) at the NPR College ground. Rajneesh Gurbani (batting 6) and Ashutosh ensured that India Red did not suffer any further damage before close of play. Jalaj Saxena, Prashant Chopra and K Vignesh took one wicket each.

(With inputs from PTI)