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  • 10:57 AM IST

    Wriddhiman Saha gets Rs 25,000 for his gigantic effort in the Irani Cup, a prize money far less than hitting a few sixes in an IPL match. He says Pujara encouraged him to keep hitting the big strokes throughout the innings. Saha praises Pujara’s effort by saying it did not look like he would get out.

    Encouraging signs for Indian Test side ahead of the Bangladesh Test and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17 versus Australia.

  • 10:49 AM IST

    Saha remained unbeaten on 203 off 272 balls, and his monumental innings was studded with 26 boundaries and 6 sixes. Clearly, he enjoyed batting at the CCI more than Pujara, who reached 116 off 238 balls with 16 boundaries.

  • 10:48 AM IST

    Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha added as many as 316 runs for the 5th wicket to hammer Gujarat out of the contest, handing Rest of India their second consecutive win over the Ranji Trophy champions. Last year, the Rest of India had defeated Mumbai in the Irani Cup 2015-16.

  • 10:45 AM IST

    Rest of India have won by 6 wickets! A superb double century by Wriddhiman Saha — his first in First-Class cricket and 8th overall in Irani Cup history — has demolished the Ranji champions Gujarat in style!

  • 10:31 AM IST
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    At Mumbai, ROI 357/4 (Cheteshwar Pujara 111, Wriddhiman Saha 186; Hardik Patel 2/88) need 22 to win: Saha has struck his highest FC score till now and Pujara is supporting his partner well. These Indian Test stalwarts have changed the fortune of ROI completely. This is the highest partnership till now for ROI so far. Saha is also getting closer to his maiden double ton in FC.

  • 10:06 AM IST
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    At Mumbai, ROI 322/4 (Cheteshwar Pujara 102, Wriddhiman Saha 160; Hardik Patel 2/73) need 57 to win: Saha and Pujara are also inching closer to their milestone. Saha also reached his 150 runs which is his highest partnership. Meanwhile, Saha and Pujara stitched the highest 5th wicket stand of 250 runs. The ROI victory is nearing. Pujara is still on 98 and inching closer to his century. Looks like Gujarat bowlers have given up all the hope. And Pujara gets his century as well in style with a boundary.

  • 9:45 AM IST
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    At Mumbai, ROI 295/4 (Cheteshwar Pujara 97, Wriddhiman Saha 138; Hardik Patel 2/59) need 84 to win: So Saha and Pujara continue their brilliance once again. Saha has already struck 2 boundaries nearing to their victory. Meanwhile, Gujarat are missing their captain on the field. Still unwell and Dhruv Raval has taken over the responsibilities. Gaja began the opening and ROI continuining their run fest.

Pujara Patel

Morning. शुभ प्रभात. Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog of Day Four, of the Irani Cup 2016-17, being played between the newly-crowned Ranji Trophy champions Gujarat and Rest of India (ROI). In its 55th year, the tournament is set to witness a new winner for the first time, as Gujarat, first-timers, are well ahead in the race. Wriddhiman Saha struck timely form with an attacking century and also put on a fighting, 203-run unbroken partnership with captain Cheteshwar Pujara to push Rest of India firmly towards the winning target on day four of the Irani Cup game against Gujarat.  

Coming to the crease at no. 6 when Rest were staggering at 63 for 4, chasing 379 for victory, 32-year-old Saha counter-attacked brilliantly to remain unconquered on 123 off 214 balls, with 3 sixes and 16 fours, in a close of play score of 266 for four in 84 overs at the Brabourne Stadium. Pujara, who had top-scored with 86 in Rest’s first innings total of 226 in reply to the Ranji champions’ 358, was at the other end on 83 in 181 balls, by batting in his customary calm and collected fashion. Rest, who conceded a lead of 132 runs in the first innings, were 113 runs short of the target with six wickets in hand going into the final day of the match tomorrow.

The fifth wicket duo’s unfinished stand of 203 runs in 59.4 overs rescued Rest after they had lost the wickets of openers Akhil Herwadkar (20) and Abhinav Mukund (19), both before lunch, and also those of Karun Nair (7) and Manoj Tiwary (7) before the first hour after lunch. Saha, who got injured and lost his Test place to Gujarat captain and stumper Parthiv Patel in the last three Tests against England, could not have chosen a better platform to impress the watching selectors of his worth with the bat.

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He later completed his 11th first class hundred, including one in the St Lucia Test last year against the West Indies, by lofting Gujarat medium pacer Chintan Gaja for a four to long off in 183 minutes and off 157 balls, laced with 14 fours and 2 sixes.

In the morning, Gujarat lost their remaining two second innings wickets while adding 19 runs to overnight 227 for 8 in 50 minutes to leave Rest with one hour and five sessions to go for a win.

Teams:

Gujarat: Priyank Panchal, Samit Gohel, Parthiv Patel (c & wk), Karan Patel, Chintan Gaja, Ishwar Choudhary, Hardik Patel, Dhruv Raval, Chirag Gandhi, Manpreet Juneja, Mohit Thadani

Rest of India: Abhinav Mukund, Akhil Herwadkar, Cheteshwar Pujara (c), Karun Nair, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddarth Kaul, Pankaj Singh, Mohammed Siraj