Captain Suryakumar Yadav blazed his way to an unbeaten 94 as Mumbai defeated Karnataka by seven wickets in the group B Super League match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Surat on Monday.
Mumbai were chasing a stiff 172-run target and Suryakumar, who has been in fine form, single-handedly guided the domestic giants to victory with an over to spare.
Suryakumar (94 not out off 53 balls, 11 fours, 4 sixes) walked in to bat after Mumbai were in a spot of bother at 44/2, losing openers Aditya Tare (12) and Prithvi Shaw (30) and still needing over 100 runs to win.
The aggressive right-hander steadied the ship by stitching together a 46-run stand with Shreyas Iyer (14) for the third wicket. However, Karnataka pegged Mumbai back by removing Iyer in the eleventh over.
After Iyer departed, Suryakumar toyed with the Karnataka bowlers, who wilted under his blistering attack. He hammered 11 fours and hoisted four towering sixes to stamp his class. His 53-ball 94 would have surely impressed the national selectors.
The Mumbai captain then strung together a match-winning unbeaten 84-run stand for the fourth wicket with Shivam Dube (22 not out off 18 balls), who played second fiddle.
Earlier, put into bat, Karnataka posted a healthy 171/6 despite losing in-form players KL Rahul (0) and skipper Manish Pandey (4) early.
A strokeful 57 off 34 balls by opener Devdutt Padikkal, who struck four fours and as many sixes, along with a rearguard 71 off just 47 balls by Rohan helped Karnataka post a decent score on the board.
Kadam was also all guns blazing as he hit seven fours and three sixes before falling to a catch by Prithvi Shaw off Shardul Thakur. For Mumbai, pacers Shardul Thakur (2/29), Shivam Dube (2/39) and left-arm spinner Shams Mulani (1/8) shared the spoils. This was Karnataka’s first defeat in the Super League stage, and Mumbai’s win has thrown the group wide open.
In the second game, Haryana thrashed Baroda by six wickets and rode on fifties by Chaitanya Bishnoi (56) and Shivam Chauhan (50*) as they overhauled 139-run target with 15 balls to spare.
Put into bat, barring veteran Yusuf Pathan (45*), no other Baroda batsman showed spine as Haryana restricted them to sub-par 138/5. In another game, Tamil Nadu beat Punjab by four wickets with spinners M Sai Kishore (3/10) and M Siddharth (3/9) spinning a web around the opposition batsmen.
Punjab crawled to a below-par 94/8, courtesy Mayank Markande’s unbeaten 33, but Tamil Nadu manage to chase the target despite losing six wickets in the process.
Brief scores: Karnataka 171/6 in 20 overs (Rohan Kadam 71, Devdutt Padikkal 57, Shardul Thakur 2/29) lost to Mumbai 174/3 in 19 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 94*, Prithvi Shaw 30; Shreyas Gopal 1/19) by seven wickets.
Baroda 138/5 (Yusuf Pathan 45*, Kedar Devdhar 25; Sumit Kumar 1/17; Yuzvendra Chahal 1/23) lost to Haryana 139/4 (Chaityana Bishnoi 56, Shivam Chauhan 50*; Yusuf Pathan 2/11) by six wickets.
Punjab 94/8 (Mayank Markande 33*; Gurkeerat Singh 25; R Sai Kishore 3/10; M Siddharth 3/9) lost to Tamil Nadu 98/6 (Washington Sundar 45*, Vijay Shankar 20; Abhishek Sharma 2/10) by four wickets.