Munaf and Parthiv star in Rest of India's win
Rest of India 472 and 91 for 1 (Parthiv 59*) beat Mumbai 453 and 106 (Munaf 5-25, Sharma 3-31) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Rest of India completed their dramatic turnaround in this match by picking up the four required wickets and knocking off a meagre target before lunch on the fourth day to deservedly win the Irani Trophy by nine wickets. Tuesday morning's work was down to their heroes of the past two days: Munaf Patel completed his five-wicket haul and Parthiv Patel scored an unbeaten half-century to add to his first-innings 179.
At the start of the fourth day, Mumbai were at 98 for 6 and ROI needed only 15 balls to take the last four wickets. In the first over, overnight batsman Wasim Jaffer shouldered arms to a Munaf Patel delivery, which came in and knocked over the off stump. The Mumbai tail crumbled without scoring. Ishant Sharma induced edges off Iqbal Abdulla and Omkar Gurav while Rajesh Verma was caught behind off a nasty short one from Munaf.
Munaf looked a different bowler from the first innings as he put in more effort and got the ball to consistently move in towards the batsmen and he ended with a deserved five-for. Sharma also bowled better from the other end to get three wickets.
Set 88 to win, Parthiv Patel came out batting the way he had left after scoring a century in first innings. He crossed fifty for the second time in the match with a flicked two to midwicket. The team score at that point was 73. His 60 came off 48 deliveries with 10 cleanly-struck boundaries. The other opener, Aakash Chopra was dismissed in the eighth over and it was captain Mohammad Kaif who finished the game with a pulled boundary off Ajit Agarkar.
Mumbai let the game drift on the third evening after they had piled on 453 runs in the first innings. Having pinned ROI at 418 for 8, Mumbai needed only the wickets of tailenders Munaf and Ranadeb Bose to gain a first-innings lead. But they did not attack the two and ended up conceding a lead of 19. After that, a demoralised Mumbai and an inspired Munaf combined to hasten the endgame.
Sidharth Monga is a staff writer with Cricinfo Magazine