Friday, March 31, 2023

Jaiswal scores second ton of match as ROI inch closer to victory

Yashasvi Jaiswal mauled a hapless Madhya Pradesh attack into submission with another near flawless hundred as Rest of India remained favourites to retain the Irani Cup at the end of fourth day’s proceedings here on Saturday.
Jaiswal, who struck a sublime 213 in the first innings, scored a magnificent 144 out of his team’s second innings total of 246, setting a tough target of 437 for the hosts.
At stumps on the penultimate day, MP were 81 for 2, needing another 356 on the last day to win their maiden one-match championship.
However with the kind of bowling resources at Rest of India’s disposal, it will be a miracle if Madhya Pradesh team gets a chance to lay its hands on the prestigious trophy.
The day once again belonged to Jaiswal, who now has nine hundreds in 15 first-class games.
Such was his dominance that the next best score was 30 by all-rounder Atit Sheth.
The left-hander’s 157 ball knock had 16 fours and three sixes. The hundred came when he played a deft late cut to a delivery from off-spinner Saransh Jain, using the pace on the delivery.
But the best shot was a flat-batted six over deep mid-wicket off opposition’s fastest bowler Avesh Khan (2/58). Neither pacers nor spinners — Kumar Kartikeya (1/48), Saransh Jain (2/56) could really make an impact on the Mumbai opener, who would come down the track whenever the spinners flighted the ball.
Brief Scores: Rest of India 484 and 246 in 71.3 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 144, Abhimanyu Easwaran 28, Atit Seth 30, Avesh Khan 2/58).
MP 294 and (target 437) 81/2 (Himanshu Mantri 51 not out, Mukesh Kumar 1/16).


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