Irani Cup hat-trick for Hanuman Vihari
Indian Test team’s member Hanuma Vihari who impressed one and all in Australia with his outstanding technique, has done it again. The right-hander has slammed an unbeaten 180 in the 2nd innings of the Irani Trophy match against Vidarbha in Nagpur on Day 4. He had also scored a brilliant 114 in the first innings of the game.
The Rest of India led by Ajinkya Rahane walked into Day 4 at 102/2 with Vihari on 40* and Rahane on 25*. The duo started cautiously in the first session as they brought up a century stand. Meanwhile, Vihari brought up his century before lunch as RoI went past 212 in the first session.
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Vihari-Rahane Combination Worked Wonders
The Vihari- Rahane combination brought up a 200 run partnership but Captain Rahane missed on a well deserved century. Aditya Sarwate broke the 227 run partnership by removing the captain for 87. At tea, the RoI reached 298/3 with a lead of 203. The RoI batters then started carnage. Shreyas Iyer, another India hopeful, slammed his fifty. Iyer and Vihari brought up a 99 run stand in only 88 balls for the fourth wicket.
Vihari’s Unbeaten 180 Gives Rest of India Edge in Irani Trophy
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Having scored 114 in the first innings, Vihari, who hit 19 fours and four maximums during his stay in the middle, also became the first batsman since Shikhar Dhawan in 2011 to score hundreds in each innings of an Irani Cup match. Dhawan had achieved the feat against the then Ranji Trophy champions, Rajasthan.
Vihari started playing more aggressively once he went past the 150-run mark. The right-hander smashed Sarwate for a six to break the shackles before hitting Yash Thakur for a four and a six in the same over. ROI captain Rahane then decided it was enough and made the declaration after they managed 76 runs from seven overs in the final session
Rest of India declared at 374/3 with a tricky target of 280 for Vidarbha to lift the trophy. Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer remained unbeaten on 180* and 61* respectively.
Set 280 to win, Vidarbha had the worst possible start. Ankit Rajpoot struck in the first over. He removed Vidarbha captain Faiz Fazal off the third ball.
At stumps on Day 4, Vidarbha is on 37/1 with 243 runs to win while Rest of India needs the remaining 9 wickets.
Brief scores: Vidarbha 425 & 37/1 (Sanjay Ramaswamy 17; Ankit Rajpoot 1-10) need 243 runs to win against Rest of India 330 and 374/3 declared (Hanuma Vihari 180*, Ajinkya Rahane 87, Shreyas Iyer 61*).
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