Wankhede Stadium has played host to many memorable matches including the 2011 World Cup final    Getty Images
Wankhede Stadium has played host to many memorable matches including the 2011 World Cup final Getty Images

Mumbai: Mumbai will play host to the Irani Cup match from January 18 to 22 at the Wankhede Stadium. “We will host the Irani Cup match at the Wankhede”, said Mumbai Cricket Association vice president, Vinod Deshpande on Thursday. This year’s Ranji Trophy winners will take on the Rest of India in the game. Mumbai are currently playing the final of the tournament against Gujarat at Indore and the newly crowned Champions will earn the right to take on the Rest in the Irani tie. Mumbai had lost their Irani Cup tie the previous season after Rest of India chased down a record total.

Mumbai have won the Ranji Trophy a record 41 times. They played Saurashtra in the final last year and won the match within three days. This final against Mumbai seems to be a closely contested one. Mumbai seem to be control of the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 final against Gujarat at the moment. They have a 108-run lead with 7 wickets in hand at the end of Day Three. Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav’s 127-run stand for the third wicket has given the defending champions the advantage. Earlier on Day Three, Gujarat were bowled out for 328, thereby taking a 100-run lead over Mumbai. Mumbai started things off well, with their openers looking aggressive.

Mumbai have won the Irani Cup the most number of times. the first ever Irani Cup was played in the 1959-60 season, between Bombay and ROI, which was won by ROI. The Irani Cup was not played for the next two seasons. But Bombay got their revenge and won the Irani Cup in the 1962-63 season.

(With inputs from PTI)