Mumbai v Rest of India, Irani Cup, Mumbai, 5th day February 10, 2013

Eighth consecutive title for ROI


Rest of India 526 (Raina 134, Vijay 116) and 389 for 5 dec (Rayudu 156*, Raina 71) drew with Mumbai 409 (Tendulkar 140*, Rahane 83, Jaffer 80) and 160 for 4 (Jaffer 101*)
Rest of India take the Irani Cup on first-innings lead
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Rest of India won the Irani Cup for the eighth consecutive time, based on a first-innings lead after any hopes of an outright result were erased when their two overnight batsmen came out to bat on the final morning. Suresh Raina struck a half-century to follow up on his ton in the first innings, Ambati Rayudu was unbeaten on 156 before Rest of India declared, and Wasim Jaffer completed his prolific first-class season on a high. Neither featured in India's squad for the first two Tests against Australia, which was picked today.

However, Harbhajan Singh returned to the India squad and picked up two wickets, including Ajinkya Rahane, who has been retained. Mumbai were given 63 overs to chase 507, and Rest of India would have been crying for them to self-destruct if they seriously hoped of winning outright. Both Aditya Tare and Ajinkya Rahane were caught at short leg off Harbhajan, but Jaffer was calm and comfortable at the other end, smoothly moving to another century, his 48th in first-class cricket, and going past 1000 runs in the Irani Cup. Jaffer was a strong contender for an opening role in the Indian squad after averaging 76 in the Ranji Trophy but Murali Vijay and a surprise pick, Shikhar Dhawan, were preferred over him.

Sreesanth, Ishwar Pandey, and Abhimanyu Mithun, aspirants for a place in India's attack, bowled just 11 overs between them without any success, but they didn't have a game as disappointing as another Test hopeful, Rohit Sharma. He had thrown his wicket away in the first innings, top-edging a slog-sweep when on zero, and fell for 1 today, going after India's spin regular Pragyan Ojha but only getting as far as long-off to offer an easy catch. Neither of his dismissals in the game would have sat well with selectors.

The captains called off the game with nine mandatory overs remaining. It was only the second time in the last 14 years that the winner of the Irani Cup has been decided by a first-innings lead.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vikram on February 10, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Looks like Wasim Jaffer can make a good impact if he can replace his teammate Sachin Tendulkar in the Indian lineup.

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    It is time we revisit rules governing domestic tourneys like Ranji or Irani Trpohy. Winning on first innings lead alone makes a mockery of assessing relative merits. We need to have a limit on overs playable in the first innings by each side so that the second innings also counts.

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Shame on you selectors, yet again Jaffer scored century (101*) knowing the fact that he has not been selected against Australia. see the kind of consistency and focus, Really cant undertand why people are talking so much about his age, why not to talk about his performance. He is anytime better than Shikhar dhawan and Murali Vijay in test Matches. I really dont know what more he needs to do to get back in the team? Such kind of ignorant selectors? I hope that he get a fair chance in the last test match. We Still love you jaffer whether u get selected or not. U have proved ur self, Its Selectors Blindness.

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Another game where sachin scored his ton and his team lost .

  • Rangaballav on February 10, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Not picking Raina and Rayudu will be the biggest mistake of the selectors and may cost India the series.... as there is not much batting in the middle order except Sachin and Pujara ......and don't forget, Yuvi is also not there...

  • Raviteja on February 10, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    I think Ambati Rayudu deserves a place in the team for middle order batsman ahead of Rahane or Raina. Dear selectors, he has been banging the doors for a long long time now. T20Is, ODIs, Tests all are in his cup of tea.

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    why so much shouts behind wasim jaffer, he is already 35, how long he can play test... one year or so...... instead invest in rahanae, mukund or some one bit younger..... may be usefull for future.....

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Dont understand the logic behind the selection of so many opening specialists while ignoring the middle order, that to for a home series. Rayudu or Raina should have found place in the team. Hope the selectors will rectify their mistake for the next two tests.

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Thought Wasim Jaffer should be given a place in the Indian squad for the upcoming Aussie tests ahead of Murali Vijay or Sikhar Dawan!

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    @hari It doesn't matter what you think i mean , tendulkar has done alot give him a break and let him enjoy , he has done all those stuffs all long throughout his carrer , #Chill

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