Rest of India retain Irani Cup

Feb 11, 2013, 08:22 IST | A Correspondent

Mumbai opener Wasim Jaffer scored his 48th first-class century but could not stop Rest of India from retaining the Irani Cup by virtue of their first innings lead of 117 runs after the five-day match ended in a draw at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday

ROI were virtually assured of the trophy after scoring 296 for 4 in the second innings — an overall lead of 413 runs.

Yesterday, ROI increased the overall lead to a mammoth 506, declaring their second stint at 389 for 5, with Ambati Rayudu remaining unbeaten on 156.

The match was always heading for a draw unless Mumbai were bowled out. But the 40-tim Ranji champs instead cruised to 160 for 4 with Jaffer scoring an unbeaten 101 before the game was called off by mutual consent during the last hour of play.

Brief scores: Rest of India 526 & 389/5d
Mumbai 409 & 160/4 (54.0 overs) 

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