Kuldeep Sen finished the last two batsmen with scorching pace and quick bounce to finish with eight wickets as Rest of India clinched their 29th Irani Trophy with an eight-wicket win over Saurashtra on Tuesday. While Saurashtra gave a better account of themselves in the second innings, a total of 380 meant the rest of India needed only 105 runs, with almost two days of play left.
He knocked out runs in more than a session and a half, with Abhimanyu Easwaran unbeaten on 63, while keeper Kona Bharat (27 not out) scored 81 match-winning runs for the third wicket.
However, it was young Kuldeep (5/94 in 19 overs) who quickly wrapped up Saurashtra’s innings in the morning as he bowled a quick and full bowling to trap Parth Bhut from the front.
Jaydev Unadkat, who took the captain’s 89 to carry the fight till the fourth morning, was eventually dismissed, when Kuldeep hit a short and extra bounce and saw the batsman hit hard, but only to give the resultant lead to keeper Bharat. Got it.
With an 8-wicket haul, Kuldeep showed why he is rated so highly at the national level and will travel to Perth with the Indian team as a net bowler for the T20 World Cup.
Easwaran, who averaged 32 in his last 20 innings, played some brilliant strokes, including some excellent cover drives, but to be honest, these runs were not scored under pressure, as Sarfaraz Khan batted at 18/ did. 3 in the first innings of ROI.
Deservingly, Bengal pacer Mukesh Kumar received the ‘Player of the Match’ award for his first morning spell when he took four top-order wickets to bowl Saurashtra for 98 and literally took the game. put in pocket.
After the game, Mukesh said, “There was some help in the beginning and we tried to get him out as soon as possible. I focus on my line and length.”
Their captain Hanuma Vihari heaped praise on Sarfaraz Khan, who dismissed the team with a scintillating century on the first day.
“We were in a tough position on a wicket which was helping for the bowlers, Sarfaraz batted beautifully. The 220-run partnership (him and Sarfaraz) helped us gain momentum and we took the game away from him. took.” Vihari scored a cautious 82 off 184 balls but did not disappoint as he missed a century.
“I wanted to score a century because I had worked hard. I batted long, but at the end of the day, the contribution helped the team and I am happy.” For Saurashtra skipper Unadkat, the first day’s track was unlike Rajkot and it made a difference.
“We broke under the conditions. It was not a normal Rajkot wicket. We had to be in the game that season and we couldn’t do that. It was about exceptional performance from someone who could have come out of that situation. But we fought till the end.
Brief Scores: Saurashtra 98 and 380 (Jayadev Unadkat 89, Prerak Mankad 72, Sheldon Jackson 71, Kuldeep Sen 5/98).
Rest of India: 374 and 105/2 (Abhimanyu Easwaran 63 not out). Rest of India won by 8 wickets.
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