Meghalaya ends Mumbai's unbeaten run in Mushtaq Ali

Jay Bista top-scored for Mumbai for the third time in the six matches they have played so far.

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Mumbai suffered their first loss in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Friday when they went down to Meghalaya by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Batting first in the Group D fixture, the home side got off to a good start as they put on 73 for the first wicket before Jay Bista perished for 44 (30b, 6x4s, 1x6), and remained the highest scorer for his team.

Bista, the first and only centurion in T20 Mumbai, has topped-scored for Mumbai in three of the six matches so far in the tournament and was the second-highest in one. He has, so far, accumulated 256 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this season at a hefty average 51.20 and a strike rate of 154.21.

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His opening partner, Aditya Tare, followed three balls later for 27 to get the visitors back in the game. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals thereafter as the Mumbai batsmen got starts but were unable to convert them into big scores.

Captain Suryakumar Yadav managed only 28 and Siddhesh Lad 22 as Mumbai put up 157/6 at the end of the innings.

The score seemed enough when Meghalaya found themselves at 41/3 in the fourth over after Shardul Thakur struck twice. But the visitors wrested the control of the match after that as Ravi Teja and Sanjay Yadav put on a 92-run partnership that took the game away from Mumbai.

While Yadav fell for 55, Teja remained unbeaten on 61 as he guided his team home with Meghalaya winning by six wickets and four balls to spare.

Thakur bagged 2/34 in his four overs while Dhawal Kulkarni and Shams Mulani grabbed a wicket each.

Mumbai will play their final group match against Assam on Sunday.

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