Wriddhiman Saha remained unbeaten on 68 at tea    AFP
Wriddhiman Saha remained unbeaten on 68 at tea AFP

Rest of India (ROI) are 169 for 4 at tea on Day Four of Irani Cup 2016-17, needing 210 runs to win. Stalwarts Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha lifted ROI added 106 for the fifth wicket inclusive of 11 fours, steadying ROI’s sinking ship. After lunch, Gujarat held their command over ROI, with Hardik scalping his second wicket of the day, dismissing Karun Nair for 7. Manoj Tiwary soon followed Nair in the pavilion. As soon as Saha joined Pujara at the crease, the duo used all their experience and batted out of their skin to keep ROI in the hunt.

ROI swiftly approached the 100-run mark, with a boundary by Saha towards cover. Hardik Patel then trapped Pujara in front, but the decision was turned down by the umpire. In hindsight, Parthiv s unpleasant outing with the umpire continued as the game was halted due to extension of the sight screen, causing disturbance in the game. Being unfazed by the drama, Saha continued his form and with consecutive boundaries neared his fifty.

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Gujarat brought Manpreet Juneja to bowl for the first time in this match for a breakthrough, but that did not bear any result. In the first session, in the pursuit of 379, ROI had tough time against spinners Karan and Hardik who caught the openers Akhil Herwadkar and Abhinav Mukund in progression.

ROI folded Gujarat to 246, getting the last two wickets within 12.3 overs. Chirag Gandhi and Priyank Panchal were the top scorers with their respective fifties.

Brief scores:

Gujarat 358 (Manpreet Juneja 47, Chirag Gandhi 169; Pankaj Singh 4 for 104, Siddarth Kaul 5 for 86) & 246 (Priyank Panchal 73, Chirag Gandhi 70; Siddarth Kaul 3 for 70, Shahbaz Nadeem 4 for 64) lead Rest of India 226 (Akhil Herwadkar 48, Cheteshwar Pujara 86; Chintan Gaja 4 for 60, Hardik Patel 3 for 79) & 52 for 2 (Cheteshwar Pujara 46*, Wriddhiman Saha 68*; Hardik Patel 2 for 39) by 210 runs.