In a sensational chase in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Mohammed Azharuddeen of Kerala hit a century of 37 balls on Wednesday (January 13th) to help his team register an epic victory over Mumbai. Azharuddeen’s blitzkrieg helped Kerala pass the target by 197 points in 16 overs.
Azharuddeen finished the game undefeated on 137 of 54 deliveries, which included nine limits and eleven six. His efforts helped Kerala register an eight-wicket victory over Mumbai.
in 37 balls!
Sensational stuff is from Mohammed Azharuddeen.
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– Domestic BCCI (@BCCIdomestic) January 13, 2021
With this feat, Azharuddeen became the first player from Kerala to hit a ton in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. He now holds the record for the second fastest century in this tournament. The one hundred and thirty balls of Rishabh Pant is the fastest.
Kerala won the toss and called on Mumbai to beat first. For Mumbai, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Aditya Tare added 88 in the top ten overs. Significant contributions from team skipper Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube and others helped Mumbai post a massive 196/7 after 20 overs. For Kerala, Jalaj Saxena and KM Asif claimed three wickets each, while MD Nidheesh got one.
In response to Mumbai’s 196, Kerala workers Robin Uthappa and Azharuddeen got off to a great start. Uthappa and Azharuddeen added 129 points for the first wicket, before Shams Mulani pulled Uthappa out in the 10th. However, it didn’t impact Azharuddeen’s momentum as he continued to demolish Mumbai bowlers.