Siddhesh Lad shines bright for Mumbai with all-round show

His half-century and three wickets helped Mumbai dominate Uttar Pradesh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Siddhesh Lad was the star of the show in their final Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy group game against Uttar Pradesh in Indore on Tuesday, top scoring with 62 runs and then showing his magic with the ball as well, picking up three wickets.

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After being put into bat by UP at the Emerald Heights International School ground, an early wicket didn't dampen Mumbai spirits as Lad put on a strong partnership of 96 runs with wicketkeeper-batsman Eknath Kerkar, laying the foundation for a good score. Lad played with great poise and maturity, living up to his billing as the state's crisis man as he went on to score his first half century of the tournament.

After the dismissal of Kerkar for 46, Lad switched gears as he took on the role of the aggressor which allowed Mumbai captain Shreyas Iyer to settle into the game. The Shivaji Park Lions pick for the inaugural edition of the T20 Mumbai scored 3 fours and 4 sixes in his knock of 62 before being dismissed. Iyer carried the baton from thereon as Mumbai with a 27-ball 43 and ended with 183/7 in their quota of 20 overs.

In reply, Uttar Pradesh never got going as pacer Shardul Thakur dismantled their top-order, leaving them reeling at 20/3. At one stage, UP's middle-order batsmen Rinku Singh and Saurabh Kumar looked to rebuild their innings but Siddhesh Lad stepped up yet again to be the bane of Uttar Pradesh, this time with the ball.

Partnering well was fellow Shivaji Park Lions player Shivam Dube, Lad picked up three wickets in his two over spell, dismissing Kumar, Mohsin Khan and Ankit Chaudhary, all three of whom scored in excess of 15 runs in an innings where the team's top scorer was Kumar with just 24. Dube also performed admirably with the ball as he went on to pick up three wickets himself, ending with figures of 3/31 in his four-over spell.

Eventually, Uttar Pradesh were bowled out for 137 after 19 overs with Mumbai winning by 46 runs with Thakur ending with figures of 3/15 in his quota and Lad snapping 3/23 in the two overs he bowled showcasing an all-round performance.

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