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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Kerala chase down Mumbai's 196 with ease as Azharuddeen smashes 37-ball ton

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MUMBAI: Kerala opener Mohammed Azharuddeen smashed a 37-ball century to stun Mumbai by 8 wickets in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Chasing a seemingly stiff target of 197, Azharuddeen made light work of the task in a knock filled with sixes and fours as Kerala won in 15.5 overs for their second straight win of the tournament.

Azharuddeen remained unbeaten on 137 off 54 balls, smashing 10 sixes and 9 fours. It was the second fastest century in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy history, with Rishabh Pant’s 32-ball ton in 2018 being the fastest.

Azharuddeen’s assault took Mumbai by surprise, as Kerala smashed 65 runs in the first five overs. Azharuddeen took just 20 balls for his fifty. By the end of the 12th over, they were 165 for 1 with Azharuddeen already past his century. Robin Uthappa made 33 off 23 in an opening partnership worth 129 runs off just 57 balls.

Earlier, Mumbai had made 196 for 7 with Aditya Tare top scoring with 42 off 31 while Yashasvi Jaiswal (40 off 32), Suryakumar Yadav (38 off 19) and Shivam Dube (26 off 13) also playing their part.

S Sreesanth, playing his second match after returning from a seven-year ban, conceded 47 runs from his 4 overs.

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