Prithvi Shaw played a blistering knock of 185 from 123 deliveries as Mumbai marched into the semi-finals of the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy on Tuesday. The 21-year-old also went on to slam the highest individual score by an Indian during a run-chase in List A cricket.
Chasing a stiff 285-run target against Saurashtra, Shaw along with U-19 star Yashasvi Jaiswal provided Mumbai with a solid start in the clash at New Delhi’s Palam Stadium. The pair added 238 for the first wicket as Mumbai wrapped up the proceedings in 41.5 overs.
This was Shaw’s third century in the tournament after slamming 105* against Delhi and 227* against Puducherry in the league stage.
Shaw’s match-winning knock included 21 fours and seven sixes and remained unbeaten to guide his side home. His partner Yashasvi scored 75 from 104 balls before being dismissed by Jaydev Unadkat.
Opting to bat, Saurashtra rode on Samarth Vyas’ unbeaten 90 to post 284/5.
Shaw, who now holds the record for the highest individual score in the tournament, kept playing his shots and completed his 50 off 29 balls. The youngster continued the onslaught and notched up his hundred in 67 balls even as the opening duo added 238 for the first wicket and laid the foundation for the win. Jaiswal perished when Mumbai was on the cusp of a win. Shaw, then in Aditya Tare’s (20 not out) company completed the formalities with ease.
Earlier, Saurashtra openers Snell Patel (30) and Avi Barot (37 off 49 balls; 5×4) gave the side a steady start conjuring 58 runs. Left-arm spinner Shams Mulani (2/51) gave Mumbai the first breakthrough after castling Patel. Mumbai then pegged back Saurashtra as they snared two quick wickets and left them in a spot of bother at 85 for three.
All-rounder Shivam Dube (1/43) removed Barot, who was caught by Tanush Kotian, while Mulani sent back Prerak Mankad (4). One-drop batsman Vishvarajsinh Jadeja (53 off 69 balls; 4×4; 1×6), continued to play a steady innings, but he didn’t get the support at the other end.
Mumbai offie Tanush Kotian gave Saurashtra the fourth blow after dismissing Arpit Vasavada (10) cheaply as they were reeling at 121/4. When it looked like Jadeja and Vyas were taking the game away, 21-year-old leggie Prashant Solanki removed the former as Saurashtra lost half its side for 155.
But Vyas, who came in at number six, and Chirag Jani (53 not out off 38 balls), then rallied the innings and provided the much-needed momentum with their 129-run unbroken stand for sixth wicket. Vyas hammered seven boundaries and four maximums, while Jani struck five fours and one six, as the duo toyed with the Mumbai attack.
News Source: ZEE News