Mushtaq Ali T20: Azharuddeen hits 37-ball ton as Kerala beat Mumbai

Source: THE TIMES OF INDIA | Title: Mushtaq Ali T20: Azharuddeen hits 37-ball ton as Kerala beat Mumbai

MUMBAI: Kerala rode on opener Mohammed Azharuddeen‘s whirlwind unbeaten 137 off 54 balls to beat Mumbai by 8 wickets as they comfortably chased a stiff target of 197 in just 15.5 overs in an evening Group E game in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Wednesday.
Azharuddeen hammered nine fours and eleven sixes, and completed his 100 in 37 balls. He tore apart an experienced Mumbai attack at the Wankhede stadium and got able support from Robin Uthappa (33) and one-down Sanju Samson (22).

Put into bat, Mumbai posted 196/7 with valuable contributions from Aditya Tare (42), Yashasvi Jaiswal (40) and Suryakumar Yadav (38). Speedster S Sreesanth had an off day as he conceded 47 runs in 4 overs.

Earlier in the day, Delhi recorded their second straight win after beating Andhra Pradesh by six wickets in an Elite Group E game.
Put into bat at the Wankhede Stadium, Andhra were restricted to 124/9 in their 20 overs, as Delhi bowlers led by left-arm pacer Pradeep Sangwan (3/33), put up an impressive show.
Delhi chased the target with three overs to spare even as skipper and India opener Shikhar Dhawan (5) fell cheaply.
For Andhra, Ashwin Hebber, who walked in at number five (32) was the top scorer as their entire top-order including skipper Ambati Rayadu (1), stumper K S Bharat (8) and Ricky Bhuvi (0) struggled.
Andhra were reeling at 36 for four at one stage. Their innings never got going as Delhi made regular inroads. India speedster Ishant Sharma (2/17), right-arm pacer Simarjeet Singh (2/21) and off-spinner Lalit Yadav (2/22) played their roles to perfection.
For Delhi, the chase wasn’t exactly a walk in the park as they were reduced to 10 for two. But Nitish Rana (27) and Anuj Rawat (33) shared 52-runs for the third wicket to bring them back into the game.
After the two departed, Himmat Singh (32 not out) and Lalit Yadav (20 not out) ensured that there were no further hiccups as they forged an unbeaten 40-run fifth wicket stand to take their side home.
Delhi had defeated Mumbai in their opening game.
Brief Scores:
At Wankhede Stadium: Mumbai 196/7 (Aditya Tare 42, Yashasvi Jaiswal 40; K M Asif 3/25) lost to Kerala 201/2 (Mohammed Azharuddeen 137 not out; Shams Mulani 1/41) by 8 wickets.
Andhra Pradesh 124/9 (Ashwin Hebbar 32; Pradeep Sangwan 3/33, Ishant Sharma 2/17, Simarjeet Singh 2/21) lost to Delhi 128/4 (Anuj Rawat 33; Himmat Singh 32 not out; M Harishankar Reddy 2/40) by six wickets.
Pondicherry 148/4 (Shedlon Jackson 82, Paras Dogra 32; Arun Chaprana 2/19) lost to Haryana 149/4 (Himanshu Rana 58, Shivam Chauhan 45; PankaJ Singh 2/31) by 6 wickets.
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