Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai suffered a batting collapse to be shot out for a paltry 182 in their second innings but still set the Rest of India an imposing target of 480 to win the Irani Cup title in Mumbai on Wednesday.
At stumps on the fourth and penultimate day, the Rest, who conceded a huge first innings lead of 297, were 100 for the loss of opener K S Bharat’s (42) wicket to whittle down the lead to 380.
Vidarbha’s Faiz Fazal (41) and Sudip Chatterjee (17) of Bengal were the unbeaten Rest batsmen who will carry on the run chase on Thursday at the Brabourne Stadium.
Earlier Mumbai, who did not enforce the follow on last evening and resumed on Wednesday at their overnight second innings
score of 2 for 1, were shot out for 182 in 51.2 overs mainly by the efforts of spin-pace combine of Jayant Yadav (4 for 93) and Jaydev Unadkat (3 for 16).
Jay Bista, who notched up his maiden first class hundred in the first innings, made 38, Suryakumar Yadav got 49 in 76 balls and Siddhesh Lad top-scored with 60, his second half century of the match, in 109 balls.
Chasing the daunting victory target, the Rest got off to a good start of 66 before Bharat was castled by left-arm slow bowler Iqbal Abdullah off the 73rd ball that he faced.
Fazal and Chatterjee, both of whom struck four fours, added 34 runs for the unbroken second wicket when the day’s play drew to a close.
Brief Scores: Mumbai 603 and 182 all out (J Bista 38, S Yadav 49, S Lad 60; J Yadav 4 for 93, J Unadkat 3 for 16, S Binny 2 for 41). Rest of India 306 and 100 for 1 (K S Bharat 42, F Fazal 41 not out, S Chatterjee 17 not out).