Undefeated defeat 105 from Prithvi Shaw after an impressive show from the bowlers helped Mumbai win seven wickets against Delhi in an elite Group D match in Jaipur on Sunday as the National Giants began their campaign for the Vijay Hazare Trophy on a winning note. Mumbai bowlers, led by experienced pacemaker Dhawal Kulkarni (3/35), limited Delhi to 211/7 despite a valiant unbeaten 106 on 145 balls by Himmat Singh, then galloped to the target in 31.5 overs as Prithvi tore the attack on Delhi.
Guest at bat at Jaipuria Vidyalaya Ground, Delhi was in shock at 10 for three as they lost both openers Anuj Rawat (0) and Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan (0) on the cheap. Both hitters were exhausted.
The problem mounted for Delhi after the loss of Nitish Rana (2), who beat wicket keeper Aditya Tare by giving point guard Kulkarni his first wicket.
Kulkarni hit again and knocked out Jonty Sidhu (0) to make 12 for four. They lost their own half for 23 after left arm spinner Shams Mulani (2/33) thrown Kshitiz Sharma (5).
Worse, they were reduced to 32 for six after Kulkarni fired Lalit Yadav (5). Then Himmat and eighth batsman Shivank Vashitsth (55 out of 70 balls, 6×4) rallied the heats with their seventh stand of 122 points.
Himmat took responsibility and played a mature shot, hitting six fours and two maxes.
Following Vashisth’s departure, Himmat found a competent partner in skipper Pradeep Sangwan (28 steps out) as the two forged an unbeaten 57 point stand to take their side above the 200 point mark.
Continuing 212, Mumbai lost first opener Yashasvi Jaiswal (8) early but Prithvi (105 not on 89 balls) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (39 on 39 balls; 6×4, 1×6) added 82 points for second wicket.
Shaw was in his elements. He took the Delhi offense to the cleaners hammering 15 limits and two sixes in his winning 89-ball innings and was ably backed by Iyer, who was making a comeback after missing the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament.
After Iyer was cleaned up by Lalit Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, who earned his first call in India on Saturday, performed his role to perfection with a blazing 50 from 33 balls, hitting six fours and two sixes.
He and Shaw added 93 points for the third wicket and brought Mumbai close to a win and then made it home in comfort.
Short scores: Delhi 211/7 (Himmat Singh 106 not released, Shivank Vashisth 55; Dhawal Kulkarni 3/35, Shams Mulani 2/33) lost to Mumbai 216/3 (Prithvi Shaw 105 not released; Suryakumar Yadav 50; Lalit Yadav 2/32) by 7wickets.
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