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    Rayudu century extends ROI lead

    Mumbai: Ambati Rayudu scored his 14th first-class century to take ROI to 296 for 4 at stumps on day four and a lead of 413 runs.

    ROI: 296 for 4 in 95 overs (stumps) Ambati Rayudu remained unbeaten on 118 with Suresh Raina batting on 40 when stumps was taken on day four. Rest of India at the end of day's play lead by 413 runs.

    ROI: 272 for 4 in 89 overs The national selectors in attendance have now a tough job in their hands when they pick the squad on Sunday for the series against Australia. Rayudu scored his 14th first-class century off 190 balls to prove he is not a spent force yet.

    ROI: 268 for 4 in 88 overs There is no stopping Raina as he took the two left-arm spinners to the cleaners by hitting two sixes. And at the other end Rayudu is batting on 99.

    ROI: 225 for 4 in 79 overs Suresh Raina, centurion in the first innings joined Rayudu at the crease and started with two scintillating boundaries. Both shots showed the form and confidence of the left-hander.

    ROI: 207 for 4 in 72.2 overs Vishal Dhabolkar finally gives the breakthrough Mumbai were looking for by getting rid of Tiwary for 69. Tiwary tried the sweep shot and appeared to have brushed his gloves to Wasim Jaffer. The umpire immediately raised his finger to leave Tiwary miffed as he indicated towards his elbow.

    ROI: 200 for 3 in 69 overs (tea) The second session was toil for Mumbai as their bowlers failed to pick up a wicket. Both Rayudu (67) and Tiwary (66) have stretched their partnership to 133 runs with individual fifties. Now Rest of India lead by 317 runs.

    ROI: 185 for 3 in 67 overs Manoj Tiwary played a late cut on the back foot off Dabholkar for a boundary to help Rest of India's lead past 300.

    ROI: 172 for 3 in 61 overs Now it's Manoj Tiwary who flicks the ball gently to midwicket to bring up his 14th first-class half-century. After lunch, both the batsmen look to have settled down and show no signs of discomfort against the slow bowlers.

    ROI: 151 for 3 in 55 overs Vishal Dabholkar bowled on the pads and Rayudu glided it to fineleg to reach his second fifty of the match. This was Rayudu's 29th first-class half-century.

    ROI: 137 for 3 in 52 overs Manoj Tiwary and Rayudu in the last few overs have lifted the tempo. Tiwary stepped out to Ankeet Chavan and launched him over extra-cover for a six to take ROI's lead past 250.

    ROI: 115 for 3 in 47 overs Rayudu and Tiwary bring up their unbeaten 50-run stand and seem to have settled down with Mumbai going on the defensive. Rest of India now lead by 232 runs.

    ROI: 103 for 3 in 40 overs Manoj Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu resume after lunch and look dogged at the crease. Mumbai started the second session with Ankeet Chavan and Rayudu on one occasion stepped out to hit him for a six.

    ROI: 92 for 3 in 35 overs (lunch) After losing Murali Vijay and S Sressanth in quick succession, Ambati Rayudu and Manoj Tiwary played with utmost caution to guide the visitors to 92 for 3 at lunch. Rest of India now lead by 209 runs, while in the first session Mumbai did well by conceding 65 runs and picking up two wickets.

    ROI: 83 for 3 in 30 overs With the ball fairly old now, Abhishek Nayar came on to bowl and got revese swing. Manoj Tiwary has played 42 balls for his six runs while at the other end Ambati Rayadu is 12 runs off 30 balls.

    ROI: 72 for 3 in 24 overs After being dropped at gully on 32 in the 19th over, Vijay (35) couldn't make the most out of the reprieve. Shardul Thakur pitched the ball up with some away swing and Vijay couldn't keep the shot down and played to the extra-cover fielder.

    ROI: 60 for 2 in 18 overs Vijay nudges the ball to cover for a quick single, but Sreesanth was late to react to the call and was short of the crease. Rohit Sharma in a flash collected the ball and hit the stumps directly to run out the night watchman for 18 off 56 balls.

    ROI: 52 for 1 in 15 overs Quite unusual to see Sreesanth showing composure at the crease and giving good support to Murali Vijay. The Mumbai bowlers, especially Dhawal Kulkarni is getting some movement off the pitch.

    ROI: 42 for 1 in 10 overs The overnight batsmen Murali Vijay and S Sreesanth start the day with lot of caution by leaving the deliveries outside the offstump.

    Recap of Day 3: Sachin Tendulkar defiantly held up one end of Mumbai's innings with an unbeaten 140 as the current Ranji Trophy champions were bowled out for 409, giving Rest of India (ROI) a decisive lead of 117. That was extended to 144 by stumps despite the early wicket of Shikhar Dhawan for 0, thus boosting ROI's hopes of claiming the Irani Cup.

    ROI's second innings started with Dhawan getting out in the first over, but first-innings centurion Murali Vijay (18*) and Sreesanth (7*) took the total to 27 for 1 at the end of play. However, the highlight of the day was Tendulkar's 81st first-class century with a single to leg off Sreesanth and moments later drove the same bowler down the ground for four to cross the landmark of 25,000 first-class runs.