Rest of India 330 (Mayank Agarwal 95, Hanuma Vihari 114; Aditya Sarwate 3-99, Akshay Wakhare 3-62) vs Vidarbha
Two contrasting innings - an aggressive 95 from Mayank Agarwal and a dogged 114 from Hanuma Vihari - took Rest of India to 330 before they were bowled out at stumps against Vidarbha on the first day of the Irani Cup match in Nagpur, leaving the Ranji Trophy champions the happier side at close of play.
From 171/1, RoI lost their next 9 wickets for only 159 runs. The collapse was brought about by some top-quality spin bowling Vidarbha.
The turnaround began with Agarwal's dismissal in the 39th over. Shortly after surviving a close lbw shout, he checked his drive and holed out at cover, handing Yash Thakur (playing in place of the injured Umesh Yadav) his only wicket of the day.
After conceding 142 for one in the first session, Vidarbha's bowlers had some reason to smile at tea; they took four wickets in the second session for only 92 runs.
It got better for them at the start of the evening session. K Gowtham, the No. 8, perished trying to clear midwicket, and Aditya Sarwate's left-arm spin got the better of Dharmendrasinh Jadeja. At 258 for seven, Vidarbha would have backed themselves to wrap up the RoI innings for under 300, but in Rahul Chahar, Vihari found a stable partner, and they rotated the strike well. The two added 49 for the eighth wicket, taking RoI past 300 before the partnership was broken by Sarwate.
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