Bangalore, Sep 22: Murali Vijay hit a big hundred, his 10th in first-class cricket while Ajinkya Rahane and captain Cheteshwar Pujara contributed half centuries to lead Rest of India's (ROI) batting domination against Rajasthan on the second day of the Irani Cup here on Saturday.
At stumps, ROI were 328/2 (91 overs) with Vijay batting on 151 (257 balls) and S Badrinath not out on 1. Vijay hit 18 fours and five sixes in his magnificent knock. In 90 overs today, ROI scored 326 runs for two wickets. They now lead by 75. Vijay also completed 4,000 first class runs today.
Vijay and Rahane (81 off 143 balls, 12 fours) laid a perfect platform with an opening wicket partnership of 173 runs. Later Vijay and Pujara associated for 153 runs for the second wicket. Pujara scored 78 with 11 fours and a six off 140 balls. He was dismissed in the 88th over of the innings. Left-arm paceman Aniket Choudhary got the wicket of Pujara with the second new ball.
Rajasthan bowlers toiled hard for 90 overs. And it is likely to continue on the third day as well at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Rest of India batsmen hit 41 fours and and six sixes today. They resumed batting from 2/0 in 1 over from the first day. Rajasthan were all out for 253 in 86.3 overs.
Brief Scores: Rest of India in 91 overs (Murali Vijay , Ajinkya Rahane 81, Cheteshwar Pujara 78) Vs Rajasthan 253 all out
Murali Vijay hit an unbeaten century to take Rest of India (ROI) to a commanding position at tea on the second day.
At tea, Vijay was batting on 106 with captain Cheteshwar Puara on 30 not out as ROI reached 232/1 in 62 overs. Ajinkya Rahane was run out for 81 after completing 5,000 first-class runs.
Rest of India (ROI) made a strong start on the second day. At lunch, ROI were 127/0 in 34 overs.
ROI openers Ajinkya Rahane (60 not out) and Murali Vijay (58 not out) batted with ease in the morning session at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. It is sunny day in Bangalore and Rajasthan bowlers made no impact on the the batting duo. There were not many deliveries which beat the bat. Rahane and Vijay accumulated runs in convincing manner.
Rahane and Vijay raised a century partnership as Rajasthan bowlers toiled in the two and half hours session of play. Captain Hrishikesh Kanitkar used five bowlers but could not get a wicket.
The 24-year-old Rahane brought up his 19th first-class half century. The youngster from Mumbai was closing in on 5,000 first-class runs. Rahane needs 16 runs for 5,000. He is playing in 54th game.
Vijay also reached the half century milestone, his 18th in first-class.
Going by the signs in the day's first session, Rajasthan are likely to have a long day in the field.
On the first day, Rajasthan were bowled out for 253 with Umesh Yadav taking five wickets. Robin Bist had scored an unbeaten century for the Ranji Trophy champions.