Mumbai win maiden Syed Mustaq Ali T20 beating Himachal by 3 wickets in final

Mumbai win maiden Syed Mustaq Ali T20 beating Himachal by 3 wickets in final
Kolkata: Ajinkya Rahane led Mumbai for the first time bagged the Syed Mustaq Ali T20 trophy defeating Himachal Pradesh by 3 wickets in a thrilling final at Eden Gardens here on Saturday.

Chasing HP’s 143/8, Mumbai got the target, scoring 146 for the loss of 7 wickets with three balls in hand.

Mumbai’s all rounder Tanush Katian was adjudged Player of the Match, taking three HP wickets in

15 runs and held two catches.

Sarfaraz Khan (36 not out) built upon his strong domestic season and turned around his rather quiet knockout stage with a big role in Mumbai’s famous win over Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal Pradesh skipper Rishi Dhawan (2/26) ensured Mumbai lost openers Prithvi Shaw (11) and captain Ajinkya Rahane (1) rather early.

However, they were powered by a Shreyas Iyer’s 26-ball 35 and the 47-run partnership with Yashasvi Jaiswal (27) and subsequently, the 27-run stand with Sarfaraz Khan that ensured Mumbai had a base to chase it down.

The game, however, was closer than Mumbai would have liked as Vaibhav Arora’s (3/27) final over produced a lot of drama. He took two wickets, dismissing both Shivam Dube and Aman Khan and putting Sarfaraz under tremendous pressure.

Shams Mulani (2) also succumbed to the pressure created as he ended up giving his wicket to Mayank Dagar in the next over, leaving Mumbai in trouble at 119/7 and 25 needed off 14 balls. Sarfaraz was dropped on 19 by KD Singh off Mayank Dagar’s bowling and that proved to be an

opportunity lost for Himachal Pradesh. He hit a six and four off the last two balls of the 19th over

to all but seal the win for his side.

Eventually, it was the final hit by Tanush Kotian (9) who had a brilliant outing with the ball as well (3/15), that sealed the victory.

Rahane appreciated Himachal Pradesh saying it was good that new teams are coming top in the domestic tournament.

” Firstly I just want to say HP played really well. Good to see them doing well in domestic cricket.

For us it’s all about following the process. Before this tournament we went to Ahmedabad for practice

games. Focus was on the process. Credit to support staff. Amol Mazumdar and team. They’ve been working really hard and it’s good to see that. Throughout the tournament, everyone contributed,” Rahane added.

” They ( my players) all did a really good job and made it easier for me on the field. Last two-three years the players have been performing really well. There’s always pressure on the chasing team.

That’s what we spoke about. There’s always help for the seamers under lights at Eden,” HP skipper Rishi Dhawan said at the end.

CAB president Snehashish Ganguly distributed the prizes.


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