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Rest of India lifts Irani Trophy

Munaf Patel's devastating five-wicket haul propels Rest of India to a nine-wicket win over the Ranji champions Mumbai.

cricket Updated: Oct 10, 2007 03:17 IST
Rest of India lifts Irani Trophy,thrash Mumbai by 9 wickets

Paceman Munaf Patel's devastating five-wicket haul propelled Rest of India to a nine-wicket win over Ranji champions Mumbai on the penultimate day of their Irani Trophy encounter at Rajkot on Tuesday.

Chasing a small target of 88 runs to win, Rest of India took just 18.5 overs to achieve the target even before the lunch break with a day and more than two sessions to spare.

Earlier, resuming at 98 for six, Mumbai's remaining batsmen caved in against the fiery spells of Munaf and Ishant Sharma and the team was bundled out for just 106.

Munaf, who was struggling to get his rhythm in first innings, came back with a vengeance in the second essay to finish with five for 25.

Opener Wasim Jaffer, who was unbeaten overnight, misread Munaf's swing to be bowled while the last three batsmen -Iqbal Abdullah, Omkar Guruv and Rajesh Verma could not open their accounts. Ajit Agarkar remained unbeaten on 11.

In fact, Munaf and Ishant took just 2.3 overs this morning to take the last four wickets, sharing two each. Ishant took three wickets giving away 31 runs.

Mumbai had conceded a first inning lead of 19 runs.

First Published: Oct 09, 2007 14:04 IST