Hanuma Vihari's unbeaten 180, well aided by contrasting half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer, helped Rest of India set a 280-run target for Vidarbha on Day 4 of the Irani Trophy clash. The Ranji winners suffered an early blow, losing their captain Faiz Fazal in the first over of the chase, but a steady second-wicket stand guided them to 37 for 1 at Stumps.
ROI began the fourth day at 102/2 with the two unbeaten batsmen, Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane both quickly getting to their fifties. The pair put on 229 runs for the third wicket that revived RoI after the early wobble the previous day. The skipper was unlucky to miss out on his hundred - stumped off the bowling of Aditya Sarwate after a grinding 87 - but Vihari carried on.
He brought up his century and then converted it into a 150 in another steady stand with Shreyas Iyer. The Mumbai batsman was the aggressor in the 99-run unbroken fourth-wicket stand, hitting 61 off 52 deliveries, an innings that included four sixes and five boundaries. Vihari was stranded on 180 as RoI decided to declare their second innings to get 16 overs at the Ranji Champions by Stumps.
Brief scores: Vidarbha 425 and 37/1 (Sanjay Raghunath 17, Atharwa Taide 16; Ankit Rajpoot 1-10) trail Rest of India 330 and 374/3 decl (Hanuma Vihari 180, Ajinkya Rahane 87, Shreyas Iyer 61; Aditya Sarwate 2-141) by 243 runs.
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