Irani Cup HIGHLIGHTS MP vs Rest of India Day 1: RoI 381/3 at stumps; Jaiswal, Easwaran slam big centuries

Irani Cup: Catch the score and match updates from Day 1 of the Irani Cup between Madhya Pradesh and Rest of India at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior.

Updated : Mar 02, 2023 08:01 IST

Yashasvi Jaiswal in action. (FILE PHOTO)
Yashasvi Jaiswal in action. (FILE PHOTO) | Photo Credit: PERIASAMY M

Yashasvi Jaiswal in action. (FILE PHOTO) | Photo Credit: PERIASAMY M

Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s coverage of Day 1 of the Irani Cup. This was Lalith Kalidas bringing you the updates.

RoI 381/3 in 87 runs - STUMPS

27 overs, 139 runs and two quick wickets late in the Day. RoI has piled on the runs at an amazing rate and has seized the momentum on the opening day. A sensational 371-run stand between Abhimanyu Easwaran (154) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (213) is undoubtedly the highlight of the day.

RoI 378/3 in 85 overs

Avesh Khan takes the second new ball.

Avesh to Jaiswal, OUT! “Finally something for the home team MP,” says Dipak. “Avesh Khan their best bowler strikes with the new ball.”

Saurabh Kumar in as nightwatchman. Avesh to Saurabh, OUT!Easwaran is run out at the striker’s end! Dipak adds: Nightwatchman Saurabh Kumar plays on the off-side and starts off for a run. Abhimanyu is short of his crease and walks off. Abhimanyu is dismissed for a well-made 154. A superb direct hit from Saransh Jain. In comes Baba Indrajith in at 5.

Yashasvi Bhupendra Jaiswal 213(259) b Avesh Khan; Saurabh Kumar 0(1) Run Out Saransh Jain

RoI 372/1 in 82 overs

Another SIX! Jaiswal dances down and clobbers Saransh over long-on for a maximum.

RoI 365/1 in 81 overs

Easwaran sweeps Kartikeya for a FOUR through mid-wicket and falls to the ground with cramps. 150 up for the Bengal batter off 227 balls.

Abhimanyu started off the day as the aggressor of the two and has gone in the background pretty much since tea, adds Dipak before he resumes batting.

RoI 360/1 in 80 overs

Yashasvi Jaiswal and Abhimanyu Easwaran record the first 350-plus partnership in Irani Cup history.

RoI 350/1 in 76 overs

Double hundred for Yashasvi Jaiswal off just 230 balls! He late cuts a wide delivery from Shubham to get to his 200

Yashasvi Jaiwal celebrates his double hundred.
Yashasvi Jaiwal celebrates his double hundred. | Photo Credit: S Dipak Ragav

Yashasvi Jaiwal celebrates his double hundred. | Photo Credit: S Dipak Ragav

RoI 348/1 in 75 overs

Jaiswal is rampaging towards a double hundred. He has upper-cut the pacers and slashed them through point viciously to storm to 196 off 229 balls!

Dipak with the best view of it all: It is that kind of day for MP. Jaiswal just put away two good deliveries from Avesh Khan, who has been the best bowler on the day. A ball angling across that Jaiswal late cuts behind square and then uppercuts an attempted bouncer over the keeper. He didn’t even give width to flash. Just brilliant batting. To make things worse for MP, Jaiswal was dropped twice off three balls (on 176 and 181) by Yash Dubey. First, he dropped him at 2nd slip off Avesh Khan before he dropped him at first slip when off-spinner Shubham Sharma found the edge. both those chances went to the boundary

RoI 310/1 in 70 overs

300-run partnership for Easwaran and Jaiswal. Both batters have contributed almost equally until Jaiswal stepped up on the pedal in the last few overs.

RoI 301/1 in 68 overs

Three consecutive FOURs and 150 up for Jaiswal off 204 balls!

Dipak: Jaiswal just played two of the best shot of his innings hitting Ankit Kushwah down the ground. as classical as it will get as he moves to 151. He then slogs on through midwicket transferring the weight on to his backfoot.

RoI 280/1 in 66 overs

In the air and short of cover! Easwaran makes room to slap Saransh through the off-side and some sloppy fielding from Aman Solanki at cover means he cannot stop a FOUR.

RoI 265/1 in 63 overs

Jaiswal is on another level altogether. He nonchalantly flicks Anubhav off his pads over deep mid-wicket for a massive SIX - 250-run partnership between Jaiswal and Easwaran.

Third session begins

Centurions Easwaran and Jaiswal are back in the middle.

TEA - Session 2 recap
At tea on day 1, Rest of India have cantered to 242 for one with tons for both Abhimanyu Easwaran and Yashasvi Jaiswal. MP bowlers are just going through the motions and have looked a bit listless. There is not a lot of help from the pitch either but the spinners have struggled to keep things tight and get in a few maiden overs consistently.
Even if they miss the length slightly, both batters have been able to use the crease and get on the backfoot to punch through the off-side. They have been able to score at will and without needing to take any risks. MP coach Chandrakant Pandit speaks about discipline a lot and the bowlers need to find that soon when they walk out for the last session of the day.
- S Dipak Ragav
RoI 242/1 in 60 overs - TEA

28 overs, 119 runs, no wickets. Easwaran and Jaiswal own another session as Madhya Pradesh seemingly run out of options. The batters have applied themselves superbly against spin and have taken Saransh Jain and Kumar Kartikeya to the cleaners.

RoI 241/1 in 59 overs

Kartikeya continues to offer freebies. Wafts one into length and Jaiswal steps out and smashes the ball past him for FOUR.

RoI 232/1 in 57 overs

Kartikeya tosses one into the slot and Easwaran dances down and pumps the ball over long-off for SIX.

RoI 224/1 in 54 overs

Thwack. Jaiswal charges to length against Avesh and smothers him over long-on for a SIX. CHANCE! Another rising delivery and Jaiswal miscues his pull towards mid-on but it falls short.

RoI 215/1 in 53 overs

Dipak: Yashasvi Jaiswal too gets to his hundred in style with a cracking backfoot punch through off-side

Jaiswal now has centuries on his Irani Cup and India A debuts besides a double hundred on his Duleep Trophy debut. He has also crossed 1000 First-Class runs in the 2022-23 season in just 17 innings.

RoI 200/1 in 50 overs

200 up for Rest of India as runs come at 4 RPO! MP has looked hapless on the field all day.

RoI 197/1 in 49 overs

Dipak from Gwalior: Abhimanyu Easwaran gets to his 100 in style as he moved from 91 to his landmark with a backfoot punch through covers before stepping down and hitting Saransh Jain over midwicket for a six.

This is Easwaran’s maiden Irani Cup century in just his second appearance. This is also his seventh hundred in 23 First-Class innings this season, averaging over 80 at the moment.

Abhimanyu Easwaran celebrating his century.
Abhimanyu Easwaran celebrating his century. | Photo Credit: S Dipak Ragav

Abhimanyu Easwaran celebrating his century. | Photo Credit: S Dipak Ragav

RoI 186/1 in 48 overs

Relentless from Jaiswal. Anubhav maintains a back-of-a-length line and Jaiswal unleashes two exquisite backfoot drives through the off-side for FOURs and moves into the 90s.

RoI 178/1 in 47 overs

Jaiswal and Easwaran are in complete command. Both batters look well on their way to big tons here unless a change in bowling works for MP. Anubhav Agarwal is returning to the attack.

Drinks, Session 2
After lunch, Abhimanyu and Yashasvi continued from where they left off before the break as they were gifted easy deliveries to put away to the boundary. Both batters got three boundaries each in the first ten overs after lunch. MP bowlers have kept things tight after that but at the same time are not really threatening the batter.
MP slip fielding might need some work too as two chances fell short of the slip fielder standing too deep to the spinner. On both occasions, it was off-spinner Saransh Jain who found the edge but the slip was too deep and reacted late to it. Rest of India sitting strong on 178 for 1.
- S Dipak Ragav
RoI 165/1 in 42 overs

Jaiswal continues to feast on boundaries. Shubham Sharma is into the attack and offers a loopy delivery outside the off-stump and Jaiswal punches it through cover for FOUR.

RoI 150/1 in 39 overs

150 up for RoI in the 39th over. LOUD SHOUT as Kartikeya slides one to the pads as Easwaran attempts a flick. The umpire denies a wicket as the ball is sliding down leg.

RoI 148/1 in 37 overs

Easwaran continues to punish Kartikeya. Nothing wrong with that delivery, pitching just outside the off-stump on length. Easwaran nimbly shifts to his right and cuts it through short third for FOUR. A paddle to follow and he finds two runs.

RoI 136/1 in 35 overs

Misery for Saransh. He slides one to hit Easwaran high on the pads but the umpire is unmoved. Fends a delivery just outside the off-stump and Easwaran rocks back to make room and slash the ball through point for FOUR.

Session 2 begins

Easwaran and Jaiswal are back in the middle. MP would need an early wicket to claw back quickly.

Day 1, Session 1 recap
After the drinks break, Yashasvi Jaiswal cut loose and played aggressively like he is known to do. The Mumbai left-handed batter went after the spinners. He stepped out and slog-swept Saransh Jain before hitting left-arm spinner Kumar Kartikeya down the ground for a six, over long-on.
Against the pacers too, Jaiswal played some nice punches off the backfoot, one wide off mid-on and one through covers.
Abhimanyu at the other end got to his half-century with a nice backfoot punch off Kartikeya and has slowed down a bit as Jaiswal has picked up the pace. From getting off the mark of the 22nd ball, Jaiswal got to his 50 off just 83 balls with seven boundaries and a six.
MP bowlers stare at a long day if they cant break this partnership immediately after lunch.
The pitch has eased out and there is not much assistance for spinners so far with both Jain and Kartikeya going at nearly six runs per over.
Avesh Khan has been the most impressive for MP so far with spell of 9-3-15-1.
The hard new ball on a pitch with good covering of grass kept the bowlers interested in the first hour but since then it has eased out for the batters.
Mayank Agarwal will rue missing out on a chance to impress the selectors as he sees his fellow competitor for the opener’s slot Abhimanyu pile on the runs.
- S Dipak Ragav
RoI 123/1 in 32 overs - LUNCH

A fine paddle from Easwaran and he guides Kartikeya for another FOUR. Quite an expensive spell (0/29 in four overs) from the left-arm spinner before LUNCH.

RoI 114/1 in 30 overs

81-ball 50 for Yashasvi Jaiswal. Jaiswal has kept the spinners at bay with some attacking strokes on either side of the strip and has played an excellent hand behind Easwaran.

RoI 101/1 in 27 overs

100 up for RoI as Jaiswal smears a short ball through cover for FOUR off Avesh.

RoI 94/1 in 24 overs

FIFTY for Abhimanyu Easwaran as he slams Kumar Kartikeya for back-to-back boundaries. He has remained positive through the session and that has helped to counter the bowlers well. A single to follow and Jaiswal steps out to smoke the bowler for a massive SIX down the ground.

RoI 79/1 in 23 overs

Avesh returns to the attack and continues to send in a slew of bouncers before pitching fuller. Jaiswal looks measured in his approach so far.

RoI 69/1 in 21 overs

Fraction short from Saransh and Jaiswal delicately slices the ball behind square for FOUR. He moves to 28 off 58 deliveries.

RoI 65/1 in 20 overs

Ankit overpitches and Jaiswal pummels the ball down the ground past the bowler for FOUR.

RoI 58/1 in 17 overs

Jaiswal finds the boundary once against Saransh. Madhya Pradesh has failed to strike through enough despite assistance from the surface.

Drinks on day 1
Dipak Ragav updates from the venue:
After electing to bat, Rest of India has started off steadily making 52 for one in 15 overs.
The Captain Roop Singh Stadium is hosting a first-class match after six years and there was a lot of uncertainty about how the pitch will play.
The curator has left a lot of grass on the wicket and there has been some assistance for the pacers. But the pace of the wicket is on the slower side and with some variable bounce.
Rest of India skipper Mayank Agarwal, who topped the run charts in the Ranji Trophy, missed out today after edging Avesh Khan to the keeper. Avesh bowled a good tight spell and had Mayank poking at one outside the off-stump with the late movement finding the edge.
At the other end, Abhimanyu Easwaran has looked solid and hit six boundaries so far with three crisply timed flicks through the leg side to move to 37.
Yashasvi Jaiswal was circumspect to start off and took 22 balls to get off the mark. After off-spinner Saransh Jain came into the attack, he has looked to use his feet by stepping out and hit a couple of boundaries down the ground.
RoI 52/1 in 15 overs

Off-spinner Saransh Jain tosses one outside the off-stump and Jaiswal shuffles to make room through the off and loft the ball over cover for FOUR. Positive from Easwaran as well as he steps out and flicks the ball through the square for two runs.

RoI 29/1 in 12 overs

First change for MP. Ankit Kushwah comes in and starts off with a sharply incoming delivery that rises high onto Easwaran’s front pad. Superb response from Easwaran as he steps out and drives past mid-off for FOUR.

RoI 19/1 in 9 overs

Avesh comes around the wicket and attacks Jaiswal’s stumps. He is yet to get off the mark but has remained solid in defence. Avesh switches sides and sends in a quick bouncer. A rash pull across the line but the ball flies over Jaiswal’s bat.

RoI 13/1 in 6 overs

Avesh and Anubhav have put up a superb partnership with the new ball so far. Easwaran has struggled too, but has got himself to double digits. A forward short-leg and a silly point is in place for Anubhav.

RoI 7/1 in 3 overs

Avesh to Mayank, OUT! Avesh’s persistence pays off. Mayank is undone by a bit of seam movement. The ball tails in and gently shapes away to clip the outside-edge to the keeper.

Mayank Agarwal 2(11) ct Himanshu Mantri b Avesh Khan

RoI 7/0 in 2 overs

Anubhav Agarwal oversteps and concedes a no ball before Easwaran brings out a super-drive for FOUR.

RoI 2/0 in 1 over

Mayank Agarwal and Abhimanyu Easwaran open for Rest of India. Avesh Khan takes the new ball. A sharp line of attack has put Mayank in a tentative stretch with his footwork first up.

Playing XI

Rest of India: Mayank Agarwal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Yash Dhull, Baba Indrajith, Upendra Yadav, Atit Sheth, Saurabh Kumar, Pulkit Narang, Navdeep Saini, Mukesh Kumar.

Madhya Pradesh: Himanshu Mantri, Yash Dubey, Shubham Sharma, Arham Aquil, Aman Singh Solanki, Harsh Gawali, Saransh Jain, Kumar Kartikeya Singh, Avesh Khan, Anubhav Agarwal, Ankit Singh Kushwah.

TOSS: RoI opts to bat

TOSS: Rest of India wins toss, opts to bat


Toss, Playing XIs coming up shortly. Stay tuned.

The squads:

Madhya Pradesh: Himanshu Mantri (c&wk), Yash Dubey, Harsh Gawli, Shubham Sharma, Akshat Raghuvanshi, Aman Solanki, Kumar Kartikeya, Saransh Jain, Avesh Khan, Ankit Kushwah, Anubhav Agarwal, Mihir Hirwani, Aryan Deshmukh, Arham Aqueel, Aryan Pandey

Rest of India: Mayank Agarwal (c), Sudip Kumar Gharami, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Harvik Desai, Mukesh Kumar, Atit Sheth, Chetan Sakariya, Navdeep Saini, Upendra Yadav (wk), Shams Mulani, Saurabh Kumar, Akash Deep, B Indrajith, Pulkit Narang, Yash Dhull.

Irani Cup: Madhya Pradesh vs Rest of India preview

Even as India and Australia prepare for the third Test in Indore on Wednesday, 500 km away from the Holkar Stadium in Madhya Pradesh, 22 players will take guard in one of the most prestigious competitions in Indian domestic cricket.

Madhya Pradesh, last year’s Ranji Trophy Champions (2021-22), will take on the Rest of India in the 58th Irani Cup tie here at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium.

While India will not play a lot of Tests this year after the current series against Australia, the tie allows the selectors to assess players like Rest of India skipper Mayank Agarwal, who topped the run charts with 990 runs.

The Karnataka opener was dropped from the national side last year and has since found form in domestic cricket. A good performance here could bring him back in contention for the World Test Championship final if India qualifies and the two Tests in West Indies later in the year.  

Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Shams Mulani has replaced leg-spinner Mayank Markande, who injured his finger during training on Monday. 

The contest will be a stern test for Madhya Pradesh, especially with the absence of a few key players like top-order bat Rajat Patidar and pacer Gaurav Yadav. Speaking ahead of the match, MP coach Chandrakant Pandit said, “The Irani Cup doesn’t often come in a player’s career, and the boys realise how big a game this is. You have to win a Ranji Trophy to be here.”

It will also be a special game for Pandit as he tries to replicate with MP what he did with Vidarbha twice by doing the Ranji-Irani double.

“Every coach and player wants to win every trophy possible, but I don’t get too excited and want to leave my process. We had a good season this year but lost in the semifinals. After working hard for 40-45 days, we missed out, but we have now been given a chance to get another title. That is how I look at it,” Pandit remarked.

The prestigious match comes when domestic players are gearing up for the IPL, but Rest India of India, coach Shitanshu Kotak, feels players are professional enough to give their best. 

“They want to do well and know the selectors are watching. They have enough time to prepare for the IPL after this,” said Kotak.

While the Irani Cup used to be a vital tie and the stepping stone to the national team, in recent times, India A tours are seen as the gateway to a national call-up.

When asked if this match is still relevant, Kotak, who has been India A head and batting coach, said, “Irani has its charm. It is a five-day game. If you are part of a team picked from across the country, you have to do justice to that. It is another chance for players to perform well. Just because you have a few India A tours doesn’t mean it diminishes this match.”

- S Dipak Ragav

When and how to watch Irani Cup today?
When is Madhya Pradesh vs Rest of India, Irani Cup 2023 final match?
The Madhya Pradesh vs Rest of India, Irani Cup 2023 final will be start from on Wednesday, March 1.
Where is Madhya Pradesh vs Rest of India, Irani Cup 2023 final match happening?
The Madhya Pradesh vs Rest of India, Irani Cup 2023 will be played at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior.
How and where to watch the live streaming of the Madhya Pradesh vs Rest of India, Irani Cup 2023?
The Madhya Pradesh vs Rest of India, Irani Cup 2023 will be streamed live on the Disney+ Hotstar app.
Which channel will telecast Madhya Pradesh vs Rest of India, Irani Cup 2023?
The Madhya Pradesh vs Rest of India, Irani Cup 2023 final will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network in India.
What time will the Madhya Pradesh vs Rest of India, Irani Cup 2023 final will begin?
The Madhya Pradesh vs Rest of India, Irani Cup 2023 final will start at 9:20 am IST, from March 1 to March 5.
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