IANS
IANS

Rest of India (ROI) ended Day Two of Irani Trophy 2016-17 at 206 for 9, trailing Gujarat by 152, at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium. The live cricket streaming of the match is available on hotstar.com, while the live telecast will be available on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD 4. And in case you have downloaded the Hotstar app already, you can enjoy the match on the go. However, Gujarat, the title holders of Ranji Trophy 2016-17, continued their good run, exhibiting a disciplined bowling display. They did not let Cheteshwar Pujara-led side off the hook, maintaining pressure throughout the day. Now that they have a healthy lead, they will look to take the last wicket, bat long, post a mammoth total, and lift yet another title.

Gujarat were bowled out for 358, courtesy Chirag Gandhi’s 169 off 202 balls, inclusive of 22 fours and 2 sixes. Barring his innings, no other batsman could reach the 50-run mark. Among bowlers, stalwart Pankaj Singh took 4 for 104, while Siddhart Kaul took a stunning five-wicket haul. In reply, Chintan Gaja made early inroads, dismissing Abhinay Mukund for 8. Nonetheless, Akhil Herwadkar and Pujara added 68 runs for the second wicket to steady the ship. Herwadkar was dismissed for 48, while Pujara fell short of 14 runs to reach the three-figure mark. Gujarat bowlers then ran through ROI’s middle order and reduced them to 206 for 9 from 136 for 2.

No doubt that Gujarat are well ahead in the race, but they will have to play with caution, for ROI are not the one to be taken for granted.