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Big victory for Rest of India

Bangalore: Rest of India notched up a comprehensive innings and 75 runs victory over Ranji Trophy champion Rajasthan on the fourth day of the Irani Cup match here on Monday.

With a deficit of 311 runs against RoI who had declared their first innings at 607 for seven, Rajasthan resumed on 43 for one.

After Vineet Saxena was unfortunately run out for 18, Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Robin Bist batted out of their skin to put up some resistance in the first session at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Kanitkar starred in a 66-run second-wicket partnership with Saxena and then added another 95 runs with Bist for the third wicket.

Three run outs in their second innings hurt Rajasthan badly even as RoI bowlers struggled to get wickets early on the final morning.

Saxena, Kanitkar and Dishant Yagnik were the batsmen to have got run out.

Interestingly, RoI wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik was involved in six dismissals — three runs outs, two catches and a stumping.

Barring Kanitkar’s 73 of 151 balls, innings that was laced with ten hits to the fence, none of the batsmen could capitalise on the starts to make substantial scores.

Both Saxena (18 off 17) and Yagnik (11 off 16) had got starts, but failed to carry on. The three run outs in their second innings meant Rajasthan had lost the plot. It would have been asking for too much for the later batsmen to resurrect the innings. (PTI)