Vidarbha retain Irani Cup

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Players donate prize money for martyrs’ families

Irani Cup match ended in a draw but Vidarbha ended up on the winning side thanks to their 95-run first innings lead (Twitter Photo)

NAGPUR, February 16: A clinical Ranji champions Vidarbha reasserted their supremacy in domestic arena, beating a star-studded Rest of India to retain the Irani Cup, making it back-to-back seasons of double delight.
Vidarbha have now become the third team after Mumbai and Karnataka to clinch two Irani Cup titles in a row.
And in a touching gesture, Vidarbha captain Faiz Fazal announced that the entire prize money will be donated to the families of the CRPF personnel martyred in the dastardly terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on Thursday.
“We as a team have decided to donate the prize money to the family of the martyrs who lost their lives in Pulwama. This is a small gesture from our team and VCA,” Fazal said.
Set a tricky target of 280, Vidarbha were well and truly on course at 269 for five, needing only 11 runs for an outright victory. However the two teams decided to shake hands and settle for a draw. (PTI)