Yuvraj’s double ton puts RoI in drivers’ seat

Jaipur: Out of the Indian Test team, dashing batsman Yuvraj Singh today hit an unbeaten double ton, showing signs of regaining form, as Rest of India set an improbable target of 782 runs for Mumbai to win on the penultimate day of the Irani Trophy match here.

Mumbai were at 79 for no loss, with opener Sushant Marathe retired hurt after injuring his finger, when stumps were drawn on the fourth day at Sawai Man Singh Stadium.

RoI captain Yuvraj, who looked in sublime touch during his unbeaten innings of 204, hit 10 exquisite boundaries and clobbered five sixes.

Resuming the day at individual score of 10 and team total of 45 for one, the stylish left-hander did not commit any mistake and reached the 200 mark with a boundary at midwicket.

Yuvraj was ably supported by Mukund (63) and S Badrinath (61).

He was in such an authority that he plundered over 190 runs in just two sessions, with Rest of India declaring at 387 for three at the tea.

This left Mumbai, which already suffered a 394 runs deficit in the first innings, to chase a victory target of 782 runs. The team`s cause was not helped by listless performance of its bowlers, with Ramesh Powar being the most successful with two scalps.

Mumbai, Ranji champions for 39 times, suffered a blow when Marathe injuring his finger and had to retire hurt. He was taken to hospital for medical consultation.

Wasim Jaffer (46) and Ajinkya Rahane (21), who were at the crease at the draw of stumps, will have to bat sensibly on Tuesday to save the match.

Brief scorecard:

Rest of India: 668 and 387/3 dec. (Yuvraj Singh 204 not out, A Mukund 63, S Badrinath 61; R Powar 75/2, D Kulkarni 79/1)

Mumbai: 274 and 79/0 (W Jaffer 46 not out, A Rahane 21 not out).