Vijay Hazare Trophy: Iyer, Shaw tons help Mumbai pummel Railways

Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw went on the rampage as Mumbai pummeled Railways by 173 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy (Elite Group A) here on Sunday.

Prithvi Shaw on way to his century in Bengaluru on Sunday.   -  Sudhakara Jain

Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw went on the rampage as Mumbai pummeled Railways by 173 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy (Elite Group A) here on Sunday. The two batsmen tore into a hapless Railways attack, scoring rapid hundreds, as Mumbai notched up 400 for five in 50 overs -- the second-highest List A total in Indian domestic cricket.
Incidentally, the record of 412, set by Madhya Pradesh back in 2010, also came against Railways.

It was going to need a herculean effort from the chasing side to get anywhere near the target. Railways simply did not threaten Mumbai at any stage, folding in 42.4 overs. Anureet Singh was unable to bat, having injured his hand while stopping a shot off his own bowling. The end came swiftly once Akash Yadav was run out, Railways losing five
for 51 in 12.1 overs. The left-arm spinner Shams Mulani had success again, taking three for 26 from his 10 overs.

Shreyas Iyer en route his century in Bengaluru on Sunday.   -  Sudhakara Jain

On a cloudy morning at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Mumbai won the toss and elected to bat first. Captain Ajinkya Rahane fell early but Shaw launched a blistering attack at the other end. The 18-year-old was in fine form, his innings studded with searing off-drives, cut shots and short-armed jabs. He set the tempo early, climbing into one short ball
from Amit Mishra, launching it over mid-wicket, before slashing a wide delivery from Anureet into the stands beyond extra-cover. Shaw's half-century came off 36 balls; he needed only 25 more to get to his third List A hundred -- his first for Mumbai -- as the medium-pacer Ankit Yadav suffered at his hands. Shaw eventually fell for 129 (81b, 14x4, 6x6), caught off a top-edge as he went after Prashant Awasthi.

The partnership for the second wicket realized 161 runs (120b), a stand to which Iyer contributed only 53. Shaw has had a fine tournament so far, aggregating 287 runs (200b) from three games. National selector M.S.K. Prasad, who was in attendance, will have been impressed. “I am not scared of getting out,” Shaw said later. “I like to dominate
the bowlers and put them on the back-foot, rather than them putting me on the back-foot.”

But Iyer was no slouch either. He lashed some giant sixes, making room and sending the ball sailing over long-off time after time. Iyer was dismissed for 144 (118b, 8x4, 10x6), having added 147 runs for the third wicket with Suryakumar Yadav. His effort steered his side to a mammoth total, and eventually a third win in three games.

Summarised scores
Mumbai 400 for five in 50 overs (Shreyas Iyer 144, Prithvi Shaw 129, Suryakumar Yadav 67, Siddhesh Lad 30 not out, Anureet Singh three for 73) beat Railways 227 in 42.4 overs (Saurabh Wakaskar 48, Prashant Awasthi
41, Mrunal Devdhar 36, Ankit Yadav 35 not out, Shams Mulani three for 26).
Points: Mumbai 4, Railways 0

Maharashtra 281 for five in 50 overs (Ankit Bawne 100 not out, Naushad Shaikh 60, Ashay Palkar 46 n.o., Rahul Tripathi 38) bt Punjab 187 in 40.3 overs (Shubman Gill 36, Manan Vohra 27, Mandeep Singh 26,
Satyajeet Bachhav five for 54).
Points: Maharashtra 4, Punjab 0

Goa 148 in 45 overs (Darshan Misal 30, Amit Verma 29, Ayush Jamwal four for 25) lost to Himachal Pradesh 152 for six in 32.1 overs (Prashant Chopra 65, Priyanshu Khanduri 47 n.o., Amulya Pandrekar three for 44).
Points: Goa 0, Himachal Pradesh 4