Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Iyer shines as Mumbai beat Gujarat, Gambhir and Dhawan flop in Delhi’s loss vs Punjab

first_imgShreyas Iyer’s blazing form will be some sort of an assurance for his franchise Delhi Daredevils as his quickfire unbeaten 79 off 49 balls helped Mumbai beat Ranji Trophy champions Gujarat by 5 wickets in a West Zone leg game of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Monday.While it can’t be termed as a revenge for the Ranji champions, Iyer will be feeling happy having hit six fours and four huge sixes with Mumbai chasing down a modest target of 132 in only 18.2 overs.Senior pro Ajinkya Rahane (25) however looked rusty during the opening stand of 42. Rahane in fact played 30 balls and found it difficult to rotate the strike.None of the Mumbai batsmen save Shivam Dubey (10) got to double figures but it was not needed as Shreyas was hitting the Gujarat bowlers out of the park.Seamer Chintan Gaja (0/20 in 2 overs) and off-spinner Rujul Bhatt (2/32 in 4 overs) got some special treatment from the talented right-hander.Earlier, 45-year-old IPL specialist Pravin Tambe (2/19 in 4 overs), easily the oldest active cricketer in Indian domestic circuit currently, warmed up nicely for the big event. Seamer Prathamesh Dake (2/13) was the other successful bowler as Mumbai restricted Gujarat to 131/9.Summarised Scores:Gujarat: 131/9 (Rujul Bhatt 47, Pravin Tambe 2/19)Mumbai: 133/5 in 18.2 overs (Shreyas Iyer 79 no). Mumbai win by 5 wickets.PUNJAB SNEAK PAST DELHIPunjab beat Delhi by two wickets in a North Zone leg match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament with senior players like Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan flopping badly.Batting first, Delhi scored 103 for 9 in 20 overs while Punjab reached the target losing 8 wickets in 19.2 overs. Both teams have now won one and lost one match.advertisementGautam Gambhir’s (5) inability against moving deliveries was once again exposed as he edged Manpreet Gony delivery to Jaskaranveer Singh behind the stumps. Dhawan was also caught by Gurkeerat Singh off Gony’s bowling.Gony emerged (3/26 in 4 overs) as the pick of bowlers while Sandeep Sharma (2/16) was equally economical.Skipper Harbhajan Singh 1/14 in 4 overs kept it tight as the hard-hitting Nitish Rana (15) was caught by glovesman Jaskaranveer trying to play the cut.In reply, Punjab kept on losing wickets at regular intervals but managed to cross the line with four balls to spare.Anmolpreet Singh (28) and Sharad Lumba (36) were the main contributors.Summarised Scores:Delhi: 103/9 in 20 overs (Gautam Gambhir 5, Shikhar Dhawan 2, Manpreet Gony 3/26, Harbhajan Singh 1/14)Punjab: 106/8 in 19.2 overs (Sharad Lumba 36, Anmolpreet Singh 28). Punjab won by 2 wicketslast_img

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