Mumbai v Rest of India, Irani Cup 2015-16, Mumbai, 5th day March 10, 2016

Fazal, Nair stun Mumbai in historic chase

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Rest of India 306 (Nair 94, Nayar 3-35) and 482 for 6 (Fazal 127, Nair 94, Jackson 59*, Binny, 54, Abdulla 5-154) beat Mumbai 603 (Suryakumar 156, Bista 104, Jayant 4-132) and 182 (Lad 60, Suryakumar 49, Jayant 4-93, Unadkat 3-16) by four wickets
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File photo: Faiz Fazal set the base for Rest of India's daunting chase of 480 with a well-crafted 127 © PTI

A day of runs culminated in Rest of India achieving the third-highest chase in Indian first-class cricket at the Brabourne Stadium. Faiz Fazal, Karun Nair and Stuart Binny played stellar roles on the fifth and final day as Rest of India chased down Mumbai's imposing target of 480. That made it the eighth unsuccessful attempt at lifting the Irani Cup for Mumbai, who last won it in 1997-98.

Fazal's century set the base in their steep chase, but the belligerence of Nair gave them a chance. Binny and Sheldon Jackson then hit attractive half-centuries, more crucially adding 92 for the sixth wicket, before the lower order completed the formalities in the dying moments of play.

Rest of India began the day needing 380 with nine wickets in hand. Fazal and Sudip Chatterjee, overnight on 41 and 17 respectively, ate into the target courtesy the odd singles, without showing any intent as it briefly looked like Rest of India may be content with a draw. But their plan of starting slow, create a good footing and then launch became evident as the first session progressed as they went into lunch having added 111 for the loss of Chatterjee.

Fazal opened up after lunch to bring up a century, but it was Nair who triggered the launch. After a few early sighters, he threw the bowlers off guard by reverse sweeping the innocuous offspin of Jay Bista. As runs started to flow, Mumbai went into a defensive line shortly into the second session. Nair was particularly impressive against spin, using his feet nicely to smother the spin and hit through the line on a surface that lacked the deterioration of a typical fifth day track.

Although Nair played a chanceless inning, Mumbai would rue the lives offered to Fazal, who was spared when he was 104, 111 and 113. But both Fazal, who was eventually out for 127, and Nair remained otherwise unperturbed and smartly dealt with the negative leg side line adopted by Iqbal Abdulla, in particular. Unfortunately for Nair, he missed out on a deserved century for the second time in the match as he top edged a sweep to short fine leg on 94. By now, ROI were in charge but adrift by 140.

Mumbai celebrated loudly Nair's wicket with gusto and got the second wind in their sails when Akhil Herwadkar at point broke the stumps while charging in from point when Sheldon Jackson decided to take a cheeky single having tapped Dhawal Kulkarnin in front of square. But Herwadkar's fantastic pick and throw found Naman Ojha, the Resr of India captain, short of the crease. Ojha was unimpressed by Jackson's decision to take a tight single.

There was sudden excitement as the 100-odd spectators cheered Mumbai on to pull off a coup. But that was extinguished by Stuar Binny, who lay into a tired attack with a mix of brutal hits and smart singles. He brought up his half-century off just 43 deliveries with five boundaries and two towering sixes, to take Rest of India to within 25 runs of the target before he sliced one to point. Jackson, who played second fiddle for large parts of his 92-run stand for the sixth wicket, steered the chase through, hitting the winning runs with a clean loft over the infield to finish unbeaten on 59.

That Rest of India found themselves chasing on 480 after conceding a 297-run lead was courtesy Jaydev Unadkat and Jayant Yadav, who picked up seven wickets between them to bundle Mumbai out for 182 in the second innings.

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  • CricketMakdi on March 14, 2016, 2:00 GMT

    What do you call Binny's innings, wow man what a batting under pressure.

    We need to groom these players. We need allrounders.

  • sgd120 on March 13, 2016, 14:04 GMT

    I am a hardcore Mumbai fan - from the days of Sinul Gavaskar, Karsan Ghavri, and Ashok Mankad. First of all, congratulations to ROI - they did extremely well to chase the target down. Secondly, thank you, ROI - this loss was very important for Mumbai - they needed to be punished for becoming too complacent with both batting and bowling in the second innings. In the Ranji trophy, they got away with some ordinary performances, but here there was no room to hide, and for that ROI deserve credit. This will make Mumbai stronger, and they needed this loss to recognise that they are not that much better. However, the new generation of the 'Mumbai legend' has already started; they have also found the second opener in Jay Bista. This blip can be the making of Mumbai, and prevent them from going the way of Karnataka. They need a bit more aggression with the ball, and one decent spinner who is able to take wickets even on flat surfaces.

  • Naresh28 on March 11, 2016, 11:14 GMT

    Mumbai had the game for three whole days. Their bowling just fell apart and is something they need to work on in future. Their batting is solid as ever.

  • SAURAVJAIN on March 11, 2016, 10:56 GMT

    Will Shami replace Pandya in Playing 11? I think he would .

  • Parousia on March 11, 2016, 8:54 GMT

    These 115kph gentle medium trundlers like Krishna Das & Balwinder Sandhu will never win test matches for India at the international level. 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 pace 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.

  • Publickakaptan on March 11, 2016, 8:49 GMT

    Chasing 480 in second innings needs a Big heart....This shows that pitch remained same throughout the match....The way ROI bowlers made a come back in the second inning was really heartening....From Faiz to Jadhav....all batted well in the 2nd inning...Congrats ROI...Well Done

  • kargilboy on March 11, 2016, 7:12 GMT

    @honey0701 despite binny 10 k quicker to rd and definitely better batter he won't be liked before rd by some fans.he is definitely better than 115-120 bowler who is tailender in batting even msd bowls quicker to rd

  • ovzdatta151 on March 11, 2016, 6:03 GMT

    I thought RoI will loose the match, so I stopped following the score. Just now saw the heading and its a remarkable victory...!!!!

  • Cricinfouser on March 11, 2016, 5:46 GMT

    without taking away the merit of rest of indias win mumbai was stuoid not to enforce followon.followon would hav eleft ROI in a dilemna as to the timing of the declaration in the second innings.It is nit hindsight but common sense thinking. Any how serves mumbai right for its stupid approach

  • paramnp9 on March 11, 2016, 4:40 GMT

    We now have a core of second string players who need more exposure through A tours. They should be given proper off season exposure also. I believe players like Chand, Herwadkar, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Karun Nair, Jackson, Bista, Sanju Samson, Sarfaraaz Khan, Mukund, Shardul Thakur, Unadkat, Hardik Pandya, Avesh Khan. Ishwar Pandey, Bumrah, Sandeep Warrier, Stephen, Ashwin Christ, Kuldeep Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Jalaj Saxena and Sandeep Sharma(if fit) deserve chances in A tours. U19 stars and young talented players like Washington Sundar, Armaan Jaffer, Pant, Lamror and Dagar are also promising. Let us monitor these youngsters closely.

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