Suryakumar Yadav, whose 63 a day earlier against Sikkim was overshadowed by Shreyas Iyer’s blistering 147, took top honours on Friday with a 49-ball 80, helping Mumbai notch up their second straight win of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 Group C match in Round 2 against Punjab at the Emerald High School Ground, Indore.
Suryakumar Yadav, whose 63 a day earlier against Sikkim was overshadowed by Shreyas Iyer’s blistering 147, took top honours on Friday with a 49-ball 80, helping Mumbai notch up their second straight win of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 Group C match in Round 2 against Punjab at the Emerald High School Ground, Indore.

Suryakumar Yadav, whose 63 a day earlier against Sikkim was overshadowed by Shreyas Iyer’s blistering 147, took top honours on Friday with a 49-ball 80, helping Mumbai notch up their second straight win of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 Group C match in Round 2 against Punjab at the Emerald High School Ground, Indore.

Mumbai posted a total of 155, suffering a batting collapse, but Dhawal Kulkarni’s 4/22 helped Mumbai bowl out Punjab for 120, who endured their second loss of the campaign.

After being put in to bat, Mumbai were jolted early losing Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane in the first two overs. Shaw departed after hitting two fours in the first over to Sandeep Sharma, while Manpreet Gony sent back skipper Rahane for a first-ball duck.

Iyer and Yadav then combined for a stand of 126 runs for the third wicket, with Iyer making 46 off 40, before falling in the 15th over with the score on 134. Surprisingly, Mumbai could only add  21 more runs in the next 32 balls losing seven more wickets. Aditya Tare made 10 while none of the lower-order managed to post a double-figure score.

Left-arm pacer Barinder Sran and Baltej Singh did most of the damage claiming six wickets between them while Sandeep finished with 2/18.

However, Punjab batsmen failed to capitalise on the momentum provided by their bowlers, losing wickets at regular intervals. Opener Shubman Gill was the first to depart to Kulkarni for one while last match’s top-scorer for Punjab – Mandeep Singh – failed to deliver and was out scoring five to hand Kulkarni his second wicket.

Other opener Simran Singh though went for his schots and scored 54 off just 20 balls but was the third wicket to fall in the sixth over with the score on 66. Kulkarni added his third with Simran’s wicket.

Two runs later, Shubham Ranjane sent back Yuvraj Singh for seven. Only Gurkeerat Singh put up some resistance scoring 24 off 32 as Punjab folded for 120 in 18.2 overs, losing the match by 35 runs. While Kulkarni was the pick of the bowlers, Ranjane impressed claiming 2/14 while Shardul Thakur, Shams Mulani and Tushar Deshpande claimed one wicket each.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 155 (Suryakumar Yadav 80; Barinder Sran 3/34) beat Punjab 120 (Simran Singh 54; Dhawal Kulkarni 4/22) by 35 runs.