Rest of India claim Irani Cup with huge win

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Updated: Monday, September 24, 2012, 16:05 [IST]
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Bangalore, Sep 24: Rest of India (ROI) completed a crushing innings and 79-run victory over Rajasthan to win the Irani Cup for the 24th time in history, here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium during the fourth day, Monday. Left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh took 4/45 as Rajasthan were bowled out for 275 in second innings. 

Rest of India claim Irani Cup

Once ROI had piled up 607/7 declared in the first innings, it was a foregone conclusion that the trophy was in the bag. They had a big lead of 354 runs. Though Rajasthan put a fight briefly today through their captain Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Robin Bist, the end came in the final session of play.

ROI wrapped Rajasthan's second innings for 275 in 90.2 overs. They have won with a day to spare. At tea, ROI had moved closer to an innings victory as Rajasthan were 227/8 in 76 overs.

Former India captain and president of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) Anil Kumble handed over the trophy to ROI captain Cheteshwar Pujara.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan 253 all out in 86.3 overs (Robin Bist 117 not out, Umesh Yadav 5/55, Ishant 2/17, Stuart Binny 2/38) and 275 all out in 90.2 overs (Hrishikesh Kanitkar 73, Robin Bist 67, Harmeet Singh 4/45, Pragyan 2/83) lost to Rest of India 607/7 declared in 165 overs (Murali Vijay 266, Ajinkya Rahane 81, Cheteshwar Pujara 78, S Badrinath 55, Dinesh Karthik 56, Madhur Khatri 3/125, Deepak Chahar 2/99) 

Lunch Report

Captain Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Robin Bist led Rajasthan's fightback in the second innings against Rest of India (ROI) on the fourth day's first session of Irani Cup here on Monday.

At lunch on the fourth day at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Rajasthan were in 149/2 in 49 overs. The Ranji Trophy champions are still behind by 205 runs. In the session they scored 106 runs off 37 overs.

Left-handed Kanitkar is not out on 73 off 148 balls while Bist is bating on 44 off 73 balls. In the last over before lunch, Bist survived a chance when S Badrinath spilled a catch at first slip off Pragyan Ojha.

It was Kanitkar who led Rajasthan's revival in the second essay after falling to 253 all out in the first innings on day one. He kept the ROI bowlers at bay, so far hitting 10 boundaries. He and Bist have so far added 79 runs for the third wicket.

Bist, who hit an unbeaten 117 in the first innings, continued his good touch with the bat. He has scored six fours in his 73-ball stay at the crease so far.

The only wicket to fall in the morning session was that of Vineet Saxena, who was run out for 18. He was dismissed with Rajasthan's score on 70 in 25.2 overs.

Rajasthan started the day at 43/1, still 311 in arrears.


Story first published:  Monday, September 24, 2012, 12:06 [IST]
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