Iyer and Tushar Deshpande scripted Mumbai's win over Madhya Pradesh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.ttmum
Ahead of this season's Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Shreyas Iyer didn't have a single century in T20 cricket. Now in a span of three matches within four days, the 24-year-old slammed two blazing tons, the second of which came in Mumbai's thumping eight-wicket victory over Madhya Pradesh on Sunday.
Electing to bat first, MP were bundled out for 143 thanks to Shams Mulani's early strikes and Tushar Deshpande dismantling the middle order. After 13 overs, Madhya Pradesh were 104/3 but Deshpande sent the next four batsman out to reduce the opposition to 121/7 in the 16th over, ending with T20 career-best figures of 4/28 in his quota of four overs. Deshpande was ably supported by Mulani, Dhawal Kulkarni and Shardul Thakur, who picked up two wickets each.
When Mumbai came out to bat at the Holkar Stadium in Indore, MP were determined to make a match out of it as they bagged two quick wickets, with score reading 7/2 at the end of the second over. It was here when Iyer joined the in-form Suryakumar Yadav to muster up an unbeaten 138-run partnership. It was the pair's third straight 100-run stand.
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While Yadav scored a relatively patient 36-ball 39, Iyer went ballistic to register a 55-ball 103, with 5 fours and 10 sixes, to hand Mumbai three wins in three matches and comfortably lead the Group C standings with 12 points.
The skies didn't open up but Shreyas Iyer continued to rain sixes. His four maximums on the trot off Ishwar Pandey fetches him a second ton this week and completes Mumbai's win as well #MPvMUM #SyedMushtaqAliTrophy @sportstarweb @TheHinduSports @THMumbai pic.twitter.com/mEs3uV7cae— Amol Karhadkar (@karhacter) February 24, 2019