Kerala batsman Mohammed Azharuddeen played a stunning blow on Wednesday against Mumbai in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as he helped Kerala win their second trotting match. Chasing 197, the right-hander opener beat a century of just 37 deliveries against a bowling attack in Mumbai that included Dhawal Kulkarni, Tushar Deshpande and Shams Mulani as Kerala won the match with more than four overs to lose. Azharuddeen went unbeaten at 137 on just 54 deliveries as Kerala beat Mumbai by eight wickets. It was the second fastest century in the history of India’s T20 National Century, after Rishabh Pant’s 32-ton ton of bullets in 2018.
Former Indian drummer Virender Sehwag was impressed with Azharuddeen’s fiery innings. “Wah Azharudeen, behtareen! Scoring like that against Mumbai was an effort. 137 * out of 54 and finishing the job in hand. I enjoyed this round,” he tweeted.
Wah Azharudeen, behtareen!
– Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 13, 2021
It was the first century by a drummer from Kerala in T20 and also the third century by an Indian in the shortest format.
Watch the 26-year-old’s breathtaking effort here:
st for a drummer from Kerala in T20
nd the fastest ton in # SyedMushtaqAliT20history of
second fastest T20 by Indian drummer
four, six and * off!
– Domestic BCCI (@BCCIdomestic) January 13, 2021
Azharuddeen hit 11 sixes and nine limits in his thrilling stroke.
Earlier, Kerala won the draw and chose to play. Mumbai’s top three Aditya Tare, Yashasvi Jaiswal and captain Suryakumar Yadav reached 42, 40 and 38 respectively but the middle order failed to shoot. However, a 26 of 13 bullets from Shivam Dube helped them finish at 196/7.
Entering the race, Azharuddeen did a short job of bowlers in Mumbai, with strong support from his opening partner Robin Uthappa. The two put on a stand of 129 before Uthappa left for 33 in 10th.
Sanju Samson walked in and got stuck in the Mumbai bowlers, hitting a 22-ball 12 before being sent off with just 7 points needed to win. But the wicket was just a consolation for Mumbai as Azharuddeen finished the game in style, hitting a six off Siddhesh Lad to seal Kerala’s victory.
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