Hanuma Vihari centuries in vain as Vidarbha beat Rest of India to defend Irani Cup

first_imgHanuma Vihari centuries in vain as Vidarbha beat Rest of India to defend Irani CupVidarbha rode on half-centuries from Atharwa Taide and Ganesh Satish to overhaul the 280-run target set by Rest of India in the final session on Day 5 of the Irani Cup. Hanuma Vihari had earlier hit centuries in both innings for ROI.advertisement India Today Web Desk NagpurFebruary 16, 2019UPDATED: February 16, 2019 16:05 IST Vidarbha won the Irani Cup for second time (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVidarbha become the third team after Bombay and Karnataka to defend Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup titlesVidarbha emerged winners thanks to their first innings leadGanesh Satish and Atharwa Taide scored fifties for VidarbhaRanji Trophy champions Vidarbha won the Irani Cup against Rest of India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur on Saturday. Vidarbha emerged winners thanks to their first innings lead as they defended the Irani Cup. They became the third team after Bombay and Karnataka to defend Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup titles.Vidarbha rode on half-centuries from Atharwa Taide (72) and Ganesh Satish (87) as the match ended in a draw but Vidarbha won on first innings lead. Vidarbha had scored 425 in their first innings in reply to Rest of India’s 330.After a poor start to their chase of 280, Sanjay Raghunath and Atharwa Taide ensured Vidarbha finish Day 4 with 37 for 1. The duo slowly but steadily revived the Vidarbha innings before putting the Ranji Trophy champions in a strong position.The duo then dominated the Rest of India bowlers and took control of the chase. The two batsmen were going strong before Rahul Chahar struck just before lunch on Day 5 when he trapped Sanjay Raghunath leg before wicket. Raghunath had scored 42 of 131 deliveries.Raghunath was also involved in a 116-run stand with Taide, who in the process completed his second half-centuy, for the second wicket.However, that did not stop Taide from playing an attacking game. Taide was joined by seasoned campaigner Ganesh Satish and the duo continued to dominate the proceedings.Soon after lunch, Chahar struck once again to remove Taide for 72 off 185 balls.Satish and Mohit Kale then took charge of the chase as the pair added 83 runs for the fourth wicket as Satih completed his 33rd half-century. But the stand was broken when Kale (37) was caught by Tanveer Ul-Haq off Dharmendrasinh Jadeja at the stroke of tea.advertisementWith just 11 more required to win, Satish departed and it denied Vidarbha an outright win. The captain of Vidarbha Faiz Fazal and Rest of India skipper Ajinkya Rahane decided to call truce before Vidarbha completed the chase and the match ended in a draw.Earlier, Hanuma Vihari scripted history by becoming the first player to score a hat-trick of hundreds in the Irani Cup, helping Rest of India set Vidarbha a tricky 280-run target.Vihari had scored 183 for Rest of India during last year’s Irani Cup match against Vidarbha, who recently retained the Ranji Trophy with another exemplary showing.Besides Vihari’s 180, India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane made 87 and Shreyas Iyer raced to a 52-ball 61, helping Rest of India to declare their second innings at 374 for three, a day after conceding a big first-innings lead.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Irani CupFollow VidarbhaFollow Rest of Indialast_img

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