Rest of India win Irani Cup; Jaffer hits ton

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Updated: Sunday, February 10, 2013, 15:59 [IST]
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Rest of India win Irani Cup

Mumbai, Feb 10: Wasim Jaffer scored his 48th hundred in first-class cricket but Rest of India won the Irani Cup on first-innings lead after the five-day game ended in a draw here at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

Set an impossible target of 507 in 63 overs, Mumbai ended the fifth and final day at 160/4 in 54 overs. Jaffer remained unbeaten on 101 off 141 balls with 10 fours. Rest of India had taken a first innings lead of 117.

The match was called off just one over after Jaffer reached century in the final hour of play. This was Rest of India's Irani Cup victory for the 25th time. This was also eighth successive Irani Cup title for Rest of India.

Brief Scores: Rest of India 526 and 389/5 declared in 120 overs (Ambati Rayudu 156 not out, Suresh Raina 71) drew with Mumbai 160/4 in 54 overs (Wasim Jaffer 101 not out, Ajinkya Rahane 25, Harbhajan Singh 2/38) and 409

At lunch: Mumbai 31/0

Rest of India have all but clinched the Irani Cup for the 25th time. With just over two hours of play left for the match to be called off on the final day against Mumbai, they will be handed the trophy after playing out some inconsequential overs on Sunday.

At lunch, Mumbai were 31/0 in 10 overs, chasing an improbable 507 in 63 overs. Rest of India had declared their second innings earlier in the day at 389/5 in 120 overs. Ambati Rayudu remained not out on 156.

Rest of India will clinch the trophy on the basis of 117-run first innings lead as the match is set to be a draw at the Wankhede Stadium.


Story first published:  Sunday, February 10, 2013, 12:04 [IST]
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