Iranian Cup: Rest of India in driver’s seat against MP, extends overall lead to 275 runs Sport-rated
Yash Dubey was the best player from rest of India in Irani Cup© Twitter
Yash Dubey’s gallant century was not enough for Madhya Pradesh to prevent the rest of India from extending their overall lead to 275 on the third day of the Irani Cup on Friday. Starting the day with an overnight score of 53, the young Dubey made 109 from 258 balls and was involved in two useful partnerships of 114 for the fourth wicket with Harsh Gawli (54) and 96 for the sixth wicket with Saransh Jain (66). . However, MP managed just 294 in his first innings, 190 runs short of Rest’s first innings score of 484. At stumps, Rest accelerated to 85 for 1 in 18 overs with Yashasvi Jaiswal snapping an unbeaten 58 from 53 balls. Mayank Agarwal (0) missed again after Kumar Kartikeya caught his leg earlier. In the first two sessions, ROI attacked Pulkit Narang (4/65) and the pace duo of Navdeep Saini (3/56) and Mukesh Kumar (2/44) to give them a 190-run cushion in the first innings.
Narang, a student of Virat Kohli’s boyhood coach Rajkumar Sharma, has been a regular net bowler for Team India and has improved a lot since he was dropped by Delhi a few seasons ago. He was instrumental in the dismissal of Centurion Dubey, after which MP was unable to put up any resistance.
With two more days, the ROI would be looking to hit big and set a massive target.
In the morning, Saini gave the breakthrough in the ninth over of the day when he castled Gawli with a ball that fell back far enough to knock over the stump.
MP lost to another wicket, Aman Solanki (7), with the addition of just 16 runs, but Dubey held solid at one end and found a good ally in Jain. The duo mustered 96 runs to avoid tracking.
Luck also helped Dubey when he went down twice, but he held his ground to mark his century. Narang finally reckoned with Dubey, who missed a drive for clean. MP then lost his last four wickets in 53 runs.
Brief scores Rest of India 484 and 85/1; 18 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal batting 58, Abhimanyu Easwaran batting 26). Madhya Pradesh 294; 112.5 overs (Yash Dubey 109, Harsh Gawli 54, Ankit Kushwah 22 not out; Pulkit Narang 4/65, Navdeep Saini 3/56, Mukesh Kumar 2/44). Rest of India leads by 275 runs. PTI TAP KHS TAP KHS
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