Suryakumar Yadav's swagger spells success for Mumbai

With a swashbuckling 94*, the Mumbai captain registered his highest score in T20 cricket.

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Suryakumar Yadav hammered 10 of Mumbai's last 11 boundaries to take his side home against Karnataka to register a seven-wicket win in the Super League Group B fixture of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the C.B. Patel Ground in Surat on Monday.

Needing 45 runs off the last 24 balls, Mumbai smashed 47 runs in just three overs to take the victory with an over to spare and was highlighted by Suryakumar Yadav hitting pacer Ronit More for four successive boundaries in the 18th over.

Shivam Dube got into the act in the penultimate over by slapping one over long-off for six before the Mumbai captain sealed with it two more hits to the rope to seal the match.

As a result, the 29-year-old Suryakumar Yadav registered his T20 career-best score of 94* in just 53 balls, with 11 fours and 4 sixes, at a strike rate of 177.35. He eclipsed his previous best of 81* he had blazed against Haryana earlier this month in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Chasing a steep 172 for victory, Mumbai managed to score runs at a brisk pace early in their chase, with Aditya Tare setting the tone after he slapped three consecutive fours off More in the second over before he fell.

Prithvi Shaw also scored at a brisk rate, racking up 30 in just 17 balls (3x4s, 2x6s), before making his exit. With the end of the powerplay overs and losing both their openers within it, Mumbai played it steady before Suryakumar Yadav took Praveen Dubey to the cleaners, milking 19 runs with the help of a maximum and two boundaries in the 10th over.

The fall of the third wicket at 90 in the 11th over didn't affect the momentum much as Shivam Dube, along with Suryakumar Yadav, hit a six each off Shreyas Gopal in the 14th to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Suryakumar Yadav, who led Triumph Knights Mumbai North East to the inaugural T20 Mumbai title, made a steady start to his innings before bringing up his fifty in just 33 balls in style, with a heaved sweep for a six. He first 15 runs came in as many balls and scored the remaining 79 in just 38 deliveries at an astonishing strike rate of 207.89, forging an unbeaten 84-run stand with Shivam Dube in just 8.1 overs.

Earlier, Mumbai had won the toss and decided to bowl first and their decision paid off as they struck early to leave Karnataka shaken at 19/3 after which they inched on to just 46 by the end of the eighth over.

However, that ballooned to an 80-run partnership between Rohan Kadam and Devdutt Padikkal and laid the foundation of the innings as the last eight overs produced 93 runs with Shivam Dube and Shardul Thakur picking up two wickets each in the midst.

Mumbai is scheduled to play their final Super League Group B match in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy against Punjab on Wednesday.

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