Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Iyer smashes 79 as Mumbai records easy win

Shreyas Iyer’s blazing form will be some sort of an assurance for his franchise Delhi Daredevils as his quickfire unbeaten 79 off 49 balls helped Mumbai beat Ranji Trophy champion Gujarat by 5 wickets in a West Zone leg game of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, here today.

Shreyas Iyer scored an unbeaten 79 off just 49 balls.   -  PTI

Shreyas Iyer’s blazing form will be some sort of an assurance for his franchise Delhi Daredevils as his quickfire unbeaten 79 off 49 balls helped Mumbai beat Ranji Trophy champion Gujarat by 5 wickets in a West Zone leg game of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, here today.

While it can’t be termed as a revenge for the Ranji champion, Iyer will be feeling happy having hit six fours and four huge sixes with Mumbai chasing down a modest target of 132 in only 18.2 overs.

Senior-pro Ajinkya Rahane (25) however looked rusty during the opening stand of 42. Rahane in fact played 30 balls and found it difficult to rotate the strike.

None of the Mumbai batsmen save Shivam Dubey (10) got to double figures but it was not needed as Shreyas was hitting the Gujarat bowlers out of the park.

Seamer Chintan Gaja (0/20 in 2 overs) and off-spinner Rujul Bhatt (2/32 in 4 overs) got some special treatment from the talented right-hander.

Earlier, 45-year-old IPL specialist Pravin Tambe (2/19 in 4 overs), easily the oldest active cricketer in Indian domestic circuit currently, warmed up nicely for the big event. Seamer Prathamesh Dake (2/13) was the other successful bowler as Mumbai restricted Gujarat to 131/9.

Summarised Scores

Gujarat 131/9 (Rujul Bhatt 47, Pravin Tambe 2/19)

Mumbai 133/5 in 18.2 overs (Shreyas Iyer 79 no)

Mumbai won by 5 wickets.

Maharashtra 165/9 (Ankit Bawne 71, Shaurya Sanadia 4/37)

Saurashtra 150/9 (Prerak Mankad 72, Anupam Sankleha 2/20).

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