Suryakumar Yadav hit 134 off 85 balls (11x4, 7x6) as Mumbai beat Madhya Pradesh by 74 runs in the group-C match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here on Monday.
He added 72 runs with Jay Bista (90, 100b, 7x4, 1x6) for the third wicket, and 78 runs with skipper Aditya Tare (32) for the fourth wicket. Mumbai amassed 106 runs in the last ten overs.
Major credit is to be attributed to Suryakumar Yadav, who’s run-scoring in the end made him seem a hasty chap, deuced keen to beat the clock for a task he’s been set.
He hit three sixes off Ishwar Pandey in an over, including two successive ones. The first went over deep midwicket, hit off the backfoot, off the bottom hand, that seemed a jab. The next two sixes were also off the backfoot and went over long off: one was flat-batted and the other was a full toss helped over the boundary.
Then, in a Puneet Datey over, he made room for a swat for a six to long off, and hit a reverse sweep for a four over fly slip the next ball.
All this carnage came after openers Akhil Herwadkar (49, 67b, 6x4) and Bista had accumulated 112 runs for the first wicket.
The momentum of the Madhya Pradesh innings may be compared to that of a weathered motor that managed to hit passable efficiency in patches. After openers Naman Ojha (35) and Rajat Patidar (31) gathered 61 runs at the top, Anand Singh Bais (32) and Anshul Tripathi (67, 61b, 5x4, 3x6) added 62 runs for the fourth wicket.
For Mumbai, the 20-year old left-arm spinner Shams Mulani picked up four for 62.
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