Fazal credits team's fighting spirit for Irani Cup win

The Vidarbha skipper also picked out Atharva Taide and Ganesh Staosh for their batting on the final day.

Ganesh Satish top-scored for Vidarbha with 87 in the second innings.   -  PTI

Vidarbha captain Faiz Fazal said his team showed a lot of character and fighting spirit to retain the Irani Cup.

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"It was tough to score 280 runs on the fifth day pitch. We learnt a lot from how Rahane and Vihari played yesterday. They played risk free cricket. We wanted to take cue from their performances. Our boys batted really well and showed lot of character. We were under pressure as I got out cheaply but Atharva Taide played a matured innings and Ganesh Satish also batted beautifully on the last day," he said.

The captain singled out all-rounder Akshay Karnewar for praise saying that his first innings century was crucial in the context of the game. "All along this season we had some outstanding performances and Karnewar's century in the first innings was crucial and no wonder he won the man of the match award," he said.

Ajinkaya Rahane, the Rest of India captain, said the batting collapse in the first innings was the reason for his team's defeat. "I think we should have scored more than the 330 we got in the first innings. We were cruising at 171 for one and to lose the next nine wickets in the first day was pretty bad," he said.