Shivam Dube blazes fastest One Day century for Mumbai

The southpaw took just 58 balls for his ton but Mumbai ended up on the losing side in the Vijay Hazare Trophy match against Karnataka.

With the help of 10 sixes, Shivam Dube made his maiden One Day century a record-breaking one after he hammered the fastest ton by a Mumbai player in List A cricket in his assault against Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.

After electing to field first in the Elite Group A fixture, Mumbai conceded 312/7 at the end of the innings with Dhrumil Matkar the standout bowler with economical figures of 1/33 in his ten overs while Dube too proved thrifty with 0/22 in his five.

In response, Mumbai lost wickets at regular intervals with Dube, a Shivaji Park Lions player in T20 Mumbai, walking in at 104/4 in the 21st over with a further 209 needed at a daunting rate of 7.16 per over.

He carved a partnership of 66 runs in 50 balls with Suryakumar Yadav, who perished at the start of the 30th over. And when Shams Mulani made his way back to the pavilion in the next over, Mumbai needed another 144 in 118 balls at a rate of 7.32 with just four wickets in hand.

Dube switched gears. Despite leg cramps, the southpaw completed his fifty in 41 balls and took just another 17 deliveries - in which he blitzed six sixes - to get to his first List A cricket century. That included hitting two consecutive maximums off Ronit More to reach his ton.

"You guys know that I like to play big shots and dominate the bowling," Dube pointed out, clarifying that he wasn't aiming for the big ones to avoid running because of the cramps.

During his knock, he put on 38 runs in just 20 balls for the seventh wicket with Matkar and forged a 70-run eighth-wicket stand in 45 balls with Shardul Thakur before Dube holed out deep at long-on.

Since he walked out to the crease, Mumbai scored 173 runs in 122 balls at a rate of 8.50 per over, in which Dube scored 118 in just 67 balls (7x4s, 10x6s) at a strike rate of 176.11, and accounted for 68 per cent of those runs in the period.

"I am very happy with my knock, but it's disappointing if you can't take the team to victory," Dube summed up, as Mumbai eventually lost the match by just nine runs.

His hundred in 58 balls was the fastest for Mumbai in List A cricket. Incidentally, the fastest List A century by a Mumbai batsman was hit by Sachin Tendulkar but the T20 Mumbai Ambassador did it for Wills' XI against Hyderabad at Rajkot in 1995.

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