Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021: Delhi Capitals’ Shreyas Iyer slams unbeaten ton; beat Maharashtra by six wickets

Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021: Delhi Capitals’ Shreyas Iyer slams unbeaten ton; beat Maharashtra by six wickets; Shreyas Iyer smashed an unbeaten 103 as Mumbai beat Maharashtra by six wickets in their Elite Group D game of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Tuesday.
This was Mumbai’s second successive win after they had beaten Delhi in the lung-opener. Opting to bat first, Maharashtra posted 279/9, with centuries from Yash Nahar (119) and Azim Kazi (104) despite experienced Mumbai pacer Dhawal Kulkarni (5/44) running through their top-order.
But it was Iyer, who anchored the Mumbai chase and saw them home in 47.2 overs. Maharashtra skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad (19) could not convert his start and was trapped in front of the wicket by Kulkarni.
Kulkarni then wreaked havoc as he dismissed Naushad Shaikh (0), experienced Kedar Jadhav (5) and Ankit Bawane (0) in quick succession as Maharashtra was reeling at 38/4 in 8.5 overs.
However, Nahar and number six batsman Kazi had other plans and they not only pulled the team out of the trouble but took them to a decent position with their 214 run-stand for the fifth wicket.
Nahar struck seven fours and sixes maximums in his 133 balls knock, while Kazi played the perfect second fiddle, as the duo took on the Mumbai bowlers led by India speedster Shardul Thakur (1/57), who played the game after being released from India squad.
Kazi hammered 12 boundaries and two sixes in his 118-balls innings. When Nahar was run out by Shams Mulani, Maharashtra was poised at 6/264 and then were able to add only 15 runs.
Chasing 280, Mumbai openers Yashasvi Jaiswal (40) and Prithvi Shaw (34) conjured 67 for the first wicket.
Iyer, who walked in at three, was in his elements and hammered nine boundaries and one six, in his uneaten knock and after Jaiswal perished, he found able partners in Suryakumar Yadav (29), Shivam Dube (47) as they played their roles to perfection.
Dube took the game away from Maharashtra, with his hitting, smashing five fours and a six, and took Mumbai on the cusp of a win. The formalities were completed by Iyer alongside Sarfaraz Khan (15 not out).
Brief Scores: Maharashtra 279/9 (Yash Nahar 119, Azim Kazi 104; Dhawal Kulkarni 5/44, Shardul Thakur 1/57) lost to Mumbai 280/4 (Shreyas Iyer 103 not out, Shivam Dube 47; Satyajeet Bachhav 3/59) by six wickets.
MAHARASHTRA INNINGS (50 OVERS MAXIMUM)
BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Ruturaj Gaikwad (c) lbw b Kulkarni 19 15 3 1 126.67
Yash Nahar  run out (Mulani) 119 133 7 6 89.47
Naushad Shaikh  lbw b Kulkarni 0 1 0 0 0.00
Kedar Jadhav  b Kulkarni 5 10 1 0 50.00
Ankit Bawne  c Shaw b Kulkarni 0 6 0 0 0.00
Azim Kazi  c Yadav b Kulkarni 104 118 12 2 88.14
Vishant More † b Deshpande 8 8 0 0 100.00
Satyajeet Bachhav  not out 5 6 0 0 83.33
Mukesh Choudhary  b Thakur 1 2 0 0 50.00
Pradeep Dadhe  run out (†Tare) 1 1 0 0 100.00
Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 12) 17
TOTAL (50 Ov, RR: 5.58) 279/9
Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Ruturaj Gaikwad, 4.3 ov), 2-28 (Naushad Shaikh, 4.4 ov), 3-34 (Kedar Jadhav, 6.5 ov), 4-38 (Ankit Bawne, 8.5 ov), 5-252 (Azim Kazi, 46.1 ov), 6-264 (Yash Nahar, 47.5 ov), 7-272 (Vishant More, 48.4 ov), 8-276 (Mukesh Choudhary, 49.2 ov), 9-279 (Pradeep Dadhe, 49.6 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON 0s 4s 6s WD NB
Dhawal Kulkarni 10 2 44 5 4.40 0 0
Shardul Thakur 10 0 57 1 5.70 0 0
Tushar Deshpande 10 0 60 1 6.00 0 0
Shivam Dube 5 0 32 0 6.40 0 0
Shams Mulani 8 0 34 0 4.25 0 0
Yashasvi Jaiswal 5 1 29 0 5.80 0 0
Suryakumar Yadav 2 0 18 0 9.00 0 0
MUMBAI INNINGS (TARGET: 280 RUNS FROM 50 OVERS)
BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Yashasvi Jaiswal  c †More b Kazi 40 66 5 0 60.61
Prithvi Shaw  c Mukesh Choudhary b Bachhav 34 38 6 0 89.47
Shreyas Iyer (c) not out 103 99 9 1 104.04
Suryakumar Yadav  c Shaikh b Bachhav 29 27 2 1 107.41
Shivam Dube  c Mukesh Choudhary b Bachhav 47 39 5 1 120.51
Sarfaraz Khan  not out 15 16 2 0 93.75
Extras (lb 1, nb 1, w 10) 12
TOTAL (47.2 Ov, RR: 5.91) 280/4
Fall of wickets: 1-67 (Prithvi Shaw, 14.5 ov), 2-94 (Yashasvi Jaiswal, 19.6 ov), 3-141 (Suryakumar Yadav, 27.6 ov), 4-239 (Shivam Dube, 41.4 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON 0s 4s 6s WD NB
Satyajeet Bachhav 10 0 59 3 5.90 0 0
Mukesh Choudhary 8.2 0 53 0 6.36 0 0
Pradeep Dadhe 8 1 46 0 5.75 0 0
Rajvardhan Hangargekar 8 0 45 0 5.63 0 0
Naushad Shaikh 3 0 16 0 5.33 0 0
Azim Kazi 10 0 60 1 6.00 0 0