The only way the Irani Cup between Madhya Pradesh and the Rest of India had a chance of going the full distance on the fifth and final day was if the hosts did not lose early wickets.
Chasing 437 for victory, MP resumed on 81 for two, with skipper Himanshu Mantri batting on a well-set 51.
Unfortunately for Mantri, he was adjudged caught behind off the second ball of the day from Navdeep Saini and stood shocked at the decision as he felt his bat was not anywhere close to the ball.
From there on, nothing went the home team’s away as it lost wickets quickly and was bowled out for 198 as RoI cantered to a 238-run win to retain the Irani Cup here at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium on Sunday.
After Mantri’s dismissal, pacer Mukesh Kumar bowled Yash Dubey - the centurion from the first innings - beating him with a delivery that did not come in as much as the batter expected and uprooting the off-stump.
Aman Solanki, who hails from Gwalior, kept the small but boisterous crowd happy with a breezy 31, hitting six boundaries.
Solanki and Harsh Gawli had added 49 runs for the fifth wicket putting up a semblance of a fight for MP when Atit Sheth got a delivery to cut in sharp and sent Solanki’s leg-stump cartwheeling.
With that wicket, the fort was breached as the lower order tried to sharpen their big-hitting skills, accelerating the inevitable as the hosts were folded out ten minutes before lunch.
Left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar (3/60) and off-spinner Pulkit Narang (2/27) shared the last four scalps equally in as many overs to bring the curtains down on the Indian domestic first-class season.