Mohammed Azharuddeen performed one of many nice T20 knocks in home cricket to energy Kerala to a surprising eight-wicket victory over Mumbai within the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 event on the Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.
It was the primary ever victory for Kerala over Mumbai in any type of cricket on the senior stage.
The 26-year-old opener, named after the trendy former India batsman Mohammed Azharuddin, made an unbeaten 137 off simply 54 balls (9×4, 11×6) to make gentle of what appeared a stiff goal of 197. He placed on 129 for the primary wicket with Robin Uthappa (33, 23b, 4×4) in 57 balls.
Uthappa was content material to play the second fiddle whereas Azharuddeen unleashed an array of gorgeously-timed swish photographs throughout the park. By the time Uthappa fell lbw to left-arm spinner Shams Mulani, the sport had slipped away from Mumbai. Captain Sanju Samson joined Azharuddeen however was caught behind off Tushar Deshpande when simply seven runs had been required.
Fittingly, Azharuddeen performed the successful shot, an enormous six over mid-wicket off Siddhesh Lad.
Earlier, Mumbai, after being put in, was served properly by its top-order, which had crumbled towards Delhi within the first match. Yashasvi Jaiswal (40, 32b, 4×4, 2×6) and Aditya Tare (42, 31b, 4×4, 1×6) placed on 88 for the opening wicket. Skipper Suryakumar Yadav (38, 19b, 4×4, 2×6) was delectable as traditional.
Seamer Ok.M. Asif was the decide of the Kerala bowlers, claiming three wickets within the final over of the innings.