Mumbai: Mumbai opener Wasim Jaffer scored another first class century on day five of the Irani Cup to force a draw, which saw Rest of India win the trophy for the 25th time based on their first innings lead.
Mumbai 160 for 4 in 54 overs: That's the end of the match. Harbhajan Singh, the ROI captain, and Wasim Jaffer, who made his 48th first-class century, shook hands as the Irani Cup match ended in a draw. There was not much left in the match anyway as Mumbai had no chance to chase the 507-run target set by ROI. Both the teams were just waiting for Jaffer to complete his hundred and the match ended as soon as he got it.
Mumbai 129 for 4 in 45 overs: Suresh Raina took the consolation wicket of an out-of-sorts Abhishek Nayar who tried to punch a short-of-length delivery but missed the line. Nayar looked pretty disappointed, indicating that he hadn't nicked it. The Mumbai batsman's struggle ended at 2 off 43 balls.
Mumbai 119 for 3 in 40 overs: Wasim Jaffer (74*) was nearing another hundred as the match headed towards a draw. The stylish batsman was in fluent touch, hitting eight fours during his unbeaten knock. Abhishek Nayar batted doggedly, scoring just 1 run off 36 balls.
Mumbai 104 for 3 in 31 overs: Oh Rohit Sharma, you have done it again! After playing a slog sweep when he was yet to open his account in the first innings, he tried to clear Pragyan Ojha over the mid-off when he had just 1 run to his name. The result was the same on both the occasions - simple catches to the fielders. Jaffer, on the other hand, once again found the silken touch.
R Sharma c Mithun b Ojha 1 (7)
Mumbai 89 for 2 in 28 overs: Harbhajan got another wicket. This time it's Rahane who got the inside edge to the short leg fielder, Murali Vijay. It's the reward that Harbhhajan got for bowling up to the batsmen. He is getting sharp turn and bounce from the pitch.
A Rahane c Vijay b Harbhajan Singh 25 (47)
overs: Wasim Jaffer looked good to add another century to his name as the classy batsman batted fluently in the session after lunch. Harbhajan, inspired by the wicket of Tare, bowled well, pitching the ball up to the batsmen, letting it to get turn and bounce. Rahane was batting on 14.
Mumbai 38 for 1 in 15 overs: Harbhajan gets the breakthrough when he had Aditya Tare caught at short leg by Shikhar Dhawan for 11. It was a full-pitched delivery that came in sharply, hitting the inside part of the bat before going into the flying hands of Dhawan.
A Tare c Dhawan b Harbhajan Singh 11 (41)
Mumbai 31 for 0 at lunch in 10 overs: Rayudu dropped Aditya Tare at mid-on in the last over before lunch. Harbhajan's Singh's ball dipped after pitching, Tare played a falls stroke but Rayudu couldn't hold on to a simple chance. Jaffer was batting on 20 while Tare was on 10.
Mumbai 14 for 0 in in 6 overs: Mumbai openers - Wasim Jaffer and Aditya Tare - were cautious facing the swing bowling from S Sreesanth and Ishwar Pandey. Tare drove Pandey through covers for his first boundary and followed it up with another thick outside edge for four between the slips and gully. Jaffer pulled Sreesanth to open his boundary account.
Rest of India 389 for 5 delare in 120 overs: Ambati Rayudu remained unbeaten on 156 as ROI finally declared their second innings, setting an impossible 507-run target for Mumbai. It could be the decisive one hour play before lunch for some selection hopefuls, who would try to impress the selectors for one final time.
Rest of India: 383 for 5 in 116 overs: Ambati Rayudu completed his 150 but Rest of India didn't seem to be declaring any time soon, taking the option of an outright victory completely out of the equation. What surprised even more the fact that Harbhajan Singh was sitting padded up in the dressing room.
Rest of India 356 for 5 in 109 overs: After lofting left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar for a big six over the midwicket fence, Suresh Raina got out while attempting an inside-out stroke on the following delivery, getting caught at short third man as the ball found the thick outside edge of his bat. His 71 came in 106 balls, including eight fours and three sixes.
S Raina c Rahane b Dabholkar 71 (106)
Rest of India 338 for 4 in 105 overs: Abhishek Nayar, the Mumbai captain, brought left-arm spinner Ankit Chavan into the attack and Suresh Raina came down the wicket straight away to send him to the midwicket boundary. Rayudu, after square cutting Shardul Thakur for four, upper cut Thakur over the slips as ROI lead crossed the 450 mark.
Rest of India 309 for 4 in 100 overs: Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina added an unbroken 102 runs for the fifth wicket as Rest of India continued to pile on the runs. Although only 13 runs have been added since morning, both the batsmen didn't look in any discomfort whatsoever, with Rayudu coming to the stadium as early as 7.30 a.m. to get more practice for the last day's play.
Riding on Rayudu's undefeated knock of 118, ROI finished the fourth day's play at 296 for 4 and have virtually put their hands on the trophy which they would be winning for 25th time. Suresh Raina continued his fine touch, remaining unbeaten on 40.