Mumbai hold advantage despite RoI fightback

Rest of India 306 and 100 for 1 (Bharat 42) need 380 runs to beat Mumbai 603 and 182 (Lad 60, Jayant 4-93, Unadkat 3-16)
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File photo – Jaydev Unadkat took 3 for 16 as Mumbai were bowled out for 182 in the second innings © Getty Images

Rest of India regained some lost ground on day four of the Irani Cup by bowling out Mumbai for 182, before compiling a steady 100 for 1, in pursuit of the steep target of 480. With 380 more runs to win, though, they still have a mountain to climb on the last day.

Mumbai began the day on 2 for 1, with a lead of 299, and a solid batting performance would have put the Irani Cup out of their opponents’ reach. Instead, Rest of India had a better day, led by four wickets from Jayant Yadav and three from Jaydev Unadkat.

Unadkat got the ball rolling, dismissing Shreyas Iyer for a duck off his fourth ball, before having Jay Bista caught behind just as he was starting to look threatening once again. Soon after, Krishna Das removed captain Aditya Tare for 6 to reduce Mumbai to 62 for 4.

The fifth-wicket stand of 54 between Suryakumar Yadav (49) and Siddhesh Lad (60) was Mumbai’s only partnership of note as it took them past 100. It was broken by Jayant, who went on to claim two more wickets in the day.

Jayant was well supported by Unadkat’s 3 for 16 off 11 overs, and Stuart Binny chipped in to take the last two wickets in quick succession, to bowl Mumbai out in 51.2 overs.

Rest of India made a solid start to their chase, with Faiz Fazal and Srikar Bharat sharing a slow but steady 66-run partnership, before Iqbal Abdulla had Bharat bowled. Sudip Chatterjee then joined Fazal to see Rest of India through to stumps without any further loss.

While Mumbai still held a massive advantage, Rest of India’s efforts ensured that the match still had some life left in it as it enters its final day.

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