Yashasvi Jaiswal's second ton steers Mumbai to comfy win

The teenager brought up his second ton in three matches as Kerala went down by eight wickets.

Opening the batting, teenager Yashasvi Jaiswal scored his second List A century in just his fourth match and led Mumbai's comfortable chase against Kerala in their Vijay Hazare Trophy game at the Just Cricket Academy Ground in Bengaluru on Monday.

Opting to bat first in the Elite Group A fixture, Kerala were pushed on to the back foot early on with Dhawal Kulkarni getting the breakthrough in the third over. Sanju Samson, who scored a double century in his previous outing, then fell to Shardul Thakur in the sixth over for just 15 and by the 16th over they were reeling at 82/5.

That soon became 130/8 with Thakur ending with figures of 3/40 in his 10 overs. Kerala's tail wagged a little before they were cleaned out by Kulkarni, who picked up 3/54, for a humble 199. Dhrumil Matkar capitalised as well and he registered stingy figures of 2/21 in his quota of 10.

Captain Robin Uthappa top-scored with 43 followed by MD Nidheesh, who came in at No. 10 to stroke a 47-ball 40. Mumbai's disciplined bowling meant that five of their bowlers accounted for the first six wickets to fall.

Mumbai's response was solid with their opening partnership between Jaiswal, a North Mumbai Panthers player in T20 Mumbai, and Aditya Tare nearly getting the job done themselves.

The 17-year-old stroked 122 (132b, 14x4s, 3x6s), with one of his sixes taking him to 99, while Tare scored 67 (88b, 5x4s, 1x6), with both succumbing in the 37th over after putting on a 195-run opening stand.

It was young Jaiswal's second domestic One Day century, following his 113 against Goa last week, after having made his debut only late last month against Chhattisgarh.

Eventually, Mumbai won by eight wickets and 70 balls to spare, collecting a vital four points to stay in the hunt for the playoffs, and will play Jharkhand next on Wednesday in their final group match of the season.

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