Bangalore: Opener Murali Vijay struck a magnificent double century as Rest of India stretched their lead to a mammoth 354 runs against a hapless Rajasthan on the third day of the Irani Cup match here on Sunday.
Rajasthan were 43 for one in their second innings with skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar and opener Vineet Saxena batting on 21 and 17 respectively at close of play. The Ranji champions lost opener Ankit Lamba for four after Murali Karthik caught him in the very first over of Ishant Sharma.
It would be a huge task for Rajasthan to make RoI bat again and avoid defeat with two days still to go. Rajasthan could not stop the RoI batsmen from plundering runs at will. They could grab one wicket each between lunch and tea sessions, but got three in the post-tea session, prompting ROI to declare their innings.