Mumbai, Feb 9: Ambati Rayudu scored an unbeaten 118 as Rest of India virtually assured themselves of the title against Mumbai in the Irani Cup on the fourth day here at Wankhede Stadium.
On Saturday, ROI lost only three wickets as their batsmen called the shots. At stumps, they were 296/4 in 95 overs, with an overall lead of 413 with one day left.
With Mumbai highly unlikely to chase and win on the final day, ROI are all set to take the Irani Cup for the 25th time. Even if ROI decide to declare at today's score they have a great chance of taking all 10 wickets of Mumbai in the 90 overs. Without that too they will bag the title.
The right-handed Rayudu scored his 14th first-class ton on a day where Mumbai bowlers hardly pushed themselves to take wickets. With a first innings lead of 117 for ROI, that is enough to pocket the title if the game ends in a draw on Sunday.
Apart from Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary (69) and Suresh Raina excelled with the bat. Tiwary hit a half century while Rain was not out on 40 off 70 balls. Rayudu faced 217 balls and scored nine boundaries and four sixes.
Brief Scores: Rest of India 526 and 296/4 in 95 overs (Ambati Rayudu 118 batting, Manoj Tiwary 69, Suresh Raina 40 batting) Vs Mumbai 409
At tea, ROI 200/3
Ambati Rayudu (67 batting) and Manoj Tiwary (66 batting) scored half centuries as Rest of India continued their domination.
At tea, ROI were 200/3 in 69 overs. They lead by 317 runs. Between lunch and tea, ROI did not lose a wicket and scored 108 runs from 34 overs. It was a much improved batting show from the morning session where only 65 runs were added in 30 overs.
Both Rayudu and Tiwary played their shots. Tiwary hit five fours and three sixes while Rayudu scored two sixes and six boundaries.
At lunch, ROI 92/3
Rest of India (ROI) extended their lead past 200.
At lunch on day four, ROI were 92/3 in 35 overs. They scored 65 runs in 30 overs in the first session of play. At the break, Manoj Tiwary (11) and Ambati Rayudu (14) were at the crease. ROI's overall lead is 209.
ROI have almost assured themselves of victory here and they did not push the scoring in the morning session. They had resumed the day at 27/1. Murali Vijay (35) and S Sreesanth (18) were the batsmen out in this session. Vijay was dismissed by Shradul Thakur while Sreesanth was run out.
ROI had taken 117-run first innings lead on Friday. Mumbai were bowled out for 409. Sachin Tendulkar made 140 not out.