Mumbai v Rest of India, Irani Cup 2015-16, Mumbai, 4th day March 9, 2016

Mumbai hold advantage despite RoI fightback

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Rest of India 306 and 100 for 1 (Bharat 42) need 380 runs to beat Mumbai 603 and 182 (Lad 60, Jayant 4-93, Unadkat 3-16)
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File photo - Jaydev Unadkat took 3 for 16 as Mumbai were bowled out for 182 in the second innings © Getty Images

Rest of India regained some lost ground on day four of the Irani Cup by bowling out Mumbai for 182, before compiling a steady 100 for 1, in pursuit of the steep target of 480. With 380 more runs to win, though, they still have a mountain to climb on the last day.

Mumbai began the day on 2 for 1, with a lead of 299, and a solid batting performance would have put the Irani Cup out of their opponents' reach. Instead, Rest of India had a better day, led by four wickets from Jayant Yadav and three from Jaydev Unadkat.

Unadkat got the ball rolling, dismissing Shreyas Iyer for a duck off his fourth ball, before having Jay Bista caught behind just as he was starting to look threatening once again. Soon after, Krishna Das removed captain Aditya Tare for 6 to reduce Mumbai to 62 for 4.

The fifth-wicket stand of 54 between Suryakumar Yadav (49) and Siddhesh Lad (60) was Mumbai's only partnership of note as it took them past 100. It was broken by Jayant, who went on to claim two more wickets in the day.

Jayant was well supported by Unadkat's 3 for 16 off 11 overs, and Stuart Binny chipped in to take the last two wickets in quick succession, to bowl Mumbai out in 51.2 overs.

Rest of India made a solid start to their chase, with Faiz Fazal and Srikar Bharat sharing a slow but steady 66-run partnership, before Iqbal Abdulla had Bharat bowled. Sudip Chatterjee then joined Fazal to see Rest of India through to stumps without any further loss.

While Mumbai still held a massive advantage, Rest of India's efforts ensured that the match still had some life left in it as it enters its final day.

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  • VVP on March 10, 2016, 11:50 GMT

    One of the best domestic contests over last few years in domestic cricket. Irrespective of the outcome hats up to both the teams for making so much lively context extended up to the last day. ROI has won the match simply due to limitations of Mumbai bowling.They needed to introspect them seleves before starting of next season. This context has exposed the limitations of Mumbai . Not having any capable and this can be reflected by the fact that Iqbal Abdulla is below par Ranji bowler. It is quite surprising that Mumbai is not finding capable spinner in its ranks.Probably Praveeen Tamb would have been a better option.For ROI it is the most unanticipated outcome. Now Fazal is the contender for openers slot of test team and all equations will favor will him up (BCCI President is from the same association , which Fazal plays for and Umesh Yadav's performance is not so good) . But still selection of the team is shabby. One or two players in the squad are not worthy to get selection.

  • andrew on March 10, 2016, 11:37 GMT

    @NANDANLEO you are absolutely right. These 115kph gentle medium trundlers will never win matches for India in test at the international scene. Even if they pick up 40 wkts in a ranji trophy season they should be ignored because batsman at international will have a free innings play against such friendly attack. Anyway congrats to ROI for the win ! In the 2nd innings Mumbai just gifted the match away more than ROI winning it, Mumbai lost it due to complacency.

  •   Suhas Thekkedath on March 10, 2016, 11:36 GMT

    An amazing performance by the Rest of India team.. After all the team selection was not that bad.. Kudos to Karun Nair, Jayadev Unadkat, Fazal and Jayant Yadav. Don't go by the names .. Performance is always the key. that is what the ROI win signifies .. Ever heard of the Assamese fast bowler Krishna Das whose bowling average is 21 ? Were you aware that Sheldon Jackson and Karun Nair have their batting avg 50+ ?? Amazing performance Team (Rest of) India .. hats off !! :)

  • tathagat on March 10, 2016, 11:26 GMT

    Binny is now standby player for world t20 if hardik pandya fails or injured.

  • tathagat on March 10, 2016, 11:23 GMT

    Roi thrashed Mumbai severely..what a game..binny surely get chance to wi tour for odi & t20 Series..

  • Praveen on March 10, 2016, 9:13 GMT

    Very good comeback by ROI...will bw good if they can win and prove their selection!!!

  • Nandan on March 10, 2016, 8:46 GMT

    Ban the 115-120 Kmph trudlers please if India wants to build a good seam bowling test attack. Encourage pace bowlers by selection and having pitches that encourage bending your back and extracting some thing from the pitch. If we can send a probe to Mars why can't we produce Perth like wickets?

  • parameswaran on March 10, 2016, 4:16 GMT

    I am really impressed with Bista and Lad. Mumbai need to identify a fast bowler and two spinners fast. Bista is a wonderful stroke maker and part time spinner. Lad is gutsy. Akhil, Bista, Jaffer, Iyer and Lad will be a terrific batting composition for next season. Shardul, kulkarni, Nayar and two spinners along with Tare will form a strong team.

  • parameswaran on March 10, 2016, 4:12 GMT

    Good fight back by Rest thanks to Unadkat and Yadav, who were the best bowlers on view from ROI. Can Mumbai bowl the opposition out today? All said and done, this was a good opportunity lost for identifying some good youngsters. Now, we have to wait for A tours and hope Patil and team do not pack the team with 35 year olds and 115 kph fast bowlers.

  • Miyoshi on March 9, 2016, 20:11 GMT

    @Nampally i absolutly agree Uwith you. This Roi team medium pacers are bơling at 120-125 kph. Afridi's leg spinners ảre quicker than thêse gentle medium pace trundlers.

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