Mumbai v Rest of India, Irani Cup 2015-16, Mumbai, 1st day March 6, 2016

Bista's maiden ton studs Mumbai's dominance

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Mumbai 386 for 3 (Bista 104, Suryakumar 88*, Iyer 55, Binny 1-45, Rajpoot 1-73) v Rest of India
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File photo - Shreyas Iyer made an attractive 55, his 12th fifty-plus score of the season, before falling to Stuart Binny © John Michel

Jay Bista brought up his maiden first-class century as a strong batting show by Mumbai's top order flattened a depleted Rest of India attack on the opening day of the Irani Cup at the Brabourne Stadium.

Bista, the 20-year old opener who was drafted into the squad on the back of a match-wining double-century for Mumbai Under-23 in the final of the CK Nayudu Trophy, struck an aggressive 90-ball 104 as Mumbai ended the first day on 386 for 3. His opening stand of 193 with Akhil Herwadkar, who made 90, set the tone for Mumbai's sustained dominance.

Rest of India, missing the services of Brainder Sran and Nathu Singh because of injuries, started poorly, conceding as many as 27 boundaries in the first session as Herwadkar and Bista hammered 159. Bista, who hit 15 fours and a six, was the first to fall to Krishna Das, Assam's highest wicket-taker this season. Three overs later, seamer Ankit Rajpoot, drafted in as a late replacement, removed Herwadkar to leave Mumbai at 209 for 2.

Shreyas Iyer, who amassed 1321 runs in the Ranji Trophy, carried on from where he left off in the final, taking the bowlers on to make an enterprising 55, his 12th fifty-plus score of the season, before a lapse in concentration shortly before tea resulted in him slapping a Stuart Binny delivery straight to Srikar Bharat at point.

Suryakumar Yadav and Aditya Tare, the captain, took over, putting together 114 runs until stumps. Suryakumar, who curbed his natural instincts in the Ranji Trophy final last week, brought his A game to finish unbeaten on 88, while Tare walked back 38 not out.

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  • Prasad_NG on March 7, 2016, 11:33 GMT

    Shreyas Iyer should get a chance to play for Indian Test team soon. He is technically sound batsman. Has very good temperament for his young age as a batsman. He faced many world class bowlers with great deal of courage in the last edition of IPL. I feel, he can replace the unstable and inconsistent Pujara.

    I also believe Sanju Samson should replace Wriddhiman Saha, because Samson is very young, just 21 year old, where as Saha is 31 already..! No point in sticking to a wicket keeper who can play for only 4 more years. If Samson gets matured as a batsman and clicked in Tests, it will be a very big bonus for India..!

    Another man who is knocking the national team's door is Baroda boy Deepak Hooda. Look at the way he smashed all world class bowlers in last IPL..! He has great courage just like how Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson showed (Samson showed his abilities in his previous IPL stunts) their capability.

    We need young bloods Iyer, Samson and Hooda in the senior's team soon

  • Parousia on March 7, 2016, 10:25 GMT

    Krishna Das bowling at 115-120 kph? Seriously, is that the best we've got? Even international women's cricketer from Australia Elyse Perry bowls quicker than Krishna Das at 130 kph. lol

  • paramnp9 on March 7, 2016, 8:00 GMT

    It is sad to see ROI pacers bowling at 115 kph. The selectors should pick team not just based on runs and wickets but also on potential. Yes, Prem and Monish could have been picked in the team. Avesh Khan and Iswar Pandey could also have been tried.

  • 12kris on March 7, 2016, 6:32 GMT

    There is a guy by name Rohan Prem who scored loads of runs in this season. He is a left-handed batsman and a useful spinner. Unfortunately he plays for Sreesanth's State.

  • SamRoy on March 7, 2016, 4:41 GMT

    The players missing from ROI are KL Rahul, Amit Mishra, Vijay Shankar (in place of Binny), Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar (I heard Nathu Singh and Barinder Sran are injured), Navdeep Saini, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay. People like Krishna Das (bowling 125k) should never play for India unless he ramps up his pace by 10k. So what is the point of giving him games. Rajpoot is fine (tall, strong, can bowl 135k) but Saini is probably better. Mumbai should have played the best of ROI talent (to test people like Shreyas Iyer) instead they are playing a team which doesn't have any international level cricketer except Naman Ojha. I don't consider Binny international level even though he has played quite a few games for India. Both Hardik and Vijay Shankar are far better all-rounders than him.

  • ashhad.iqbal on March 7, 2016, 1:35 GMT

    Shahbaz Nadeem : Highest wicket taker is not in playing 11 , J yadav who is only spinner playing this game has only 19 wicket this season dint deserve in the ROI squad is actually playing and a spinner who is highest wicket taker is actually sitting. What a great selection. I know playing 11 is not selected by ROI captain but it is done by selectors but why this partiality. Shahbaz Nadeem deserves to play in playing 11, where is our East zone selectors..

  • baghels.a on March 6, 2016, 20:54 GMT

    @PARAGRAJ : Most of the credit should be given to Mumbai batsman , it was not exactly a flat wicket but wasn't a bowlers paradise either . Ankit Rajpoot and Unadkat bowled decent enough , it didn't help that Nathu Singh and Sran got injured and Nadeem wasn't selected ....no clue why the likes of Yadav,Dinda,Vinay,Aaron,Ishant,Amit Mishra,Jalaj Saxena,Kuldeep Yadav,Mayank Dagar and so many others were not even in picked in the squad , not only bowlers but there were many batsman who have represented India until very recently didn't get a look in.Anyways pace without swing,seam,bounce ,control,wicket taking nous is overrated and Ankit Rajpoot did clock 139 kph.

  • kartcric on March 6, 2016, 19:26 GMT

    paragraj,Ankit rajpoot can bowl 140 .Massive talent.But today was an off day for him.In the syed mushtaq Ali final he bowled quick and with control.Unadkat has started to work on his pace and thakur in the Mumbai team will play for India soon.its just the quality of Mumbai batsmen and the pitch favouring the batsman that made the bowlers look good.I am sure they are much better

  •   Hardeep Singh Pathania on March 6, 2016, 15:53 GMT

    very strange, top run getter Ian dev singh and top wicket taker Shadabh nadem left out.......

  • ParagRaj on March 6, 2016, 13:03 GMT

    Can't believe the quality of bowling of ROI. If that is India's bench strength then we are doomed. Even Shahid Afrid can bowl quicker that some of these (barely) medium pacers. What happened to Yadav, Aaron, Dinda, Vinay, etc. Don't we have ANYBODY else who can generate pace and movement? As for spinners, no guile of flight and no nagging length. Fielding matched bowling in incompetence.

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