Mumbai- Keeper batsman Wridhiman Saha and captain Cheteshwar Pujara forged an all important partnership to take Rest of India closer to the target of 379 runs at stumps on day 4 at the Wankhede Stadium.
Rest of India were tottering at 63/4 when the experienced duo took over. Hardik and Karan Patel rocked the top order with 3 wickets between them. Mohit Thadani picked up the wicket of Manoj Tiwary to make matters worse for Rest of India.
Earlier the Gujarat team folded at 246 in the second innings with Shahabaz Nadeem picking up 4/64. Though Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel was unhappy with the umpiring, he did mention this to the match referee.
Veteran keeper Saha carved a wonderful century complimenting Pujara's efforts. In doing so he became the first wicket keeper batsman to score a century in the fourth innings.
Both Saha and Pujara put up an unbeaten 203 to take Rest of India to a commanding position. Saha was unbeaten on 123 with sixteen boundaries and 3 sixes. Pujara played a graceful innings and was unbeaten on 83.
Rest of India needs another 113 runs with a whole day left for them.
Gujarat bowlers will have to bowl out of their skins to take the remaining 6 wickets as Rest of India will go all out to clain the Irani Trophy.