Shreyas Iyer was at his devastating best on his way to a 44 ball 73 as the mighty Mumbai made short work of the 165 run target to beat Vidarbha by five wickets to enter the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.
Mumbai lost their skipper Ajinkya Rahane early but the in-form Prithvi Shaw (34 from 21) and Iyer ensured their team raced home in 16.5 overs. Vidarbha had made 164 for seven with wicket-keeper batsman Jitesh Sharma hitting 46 not off 24 balls. Mumbai will meet Himachal Pradesh in the final on Saturday. Showing an ominous touch, Iyer warmed up well for the limited overs tour of New Zealand later this month. His knock consisted of seven fours and four sixes. Sarfaraz Khan also scored with 27 from 19 balls.
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Shivam Dubey finished the match with a pair of sixes to remain unbeaten on 13 from four balls. “I’m glad I made it to the end. My mindset was to stay in attack mode. The dew factor also played an important role. We tried to punish the loose balls. The spinners didn’t get much of a turn either,” Iyer said after the semi-finals in Eden Gardens. He also praised Shaw for his cameo at the top of the order.
“When Prithvi was batting, you always got points. We told him to stay at least until the first six overs. Some of our good hitters didn’t get to the start. I was plugging into almost everything.
“I missed a few shots in the last game. In a match like this, the opponent is always under pressure. HP also got it right. “You cannot underestimate anyone. It is important to execute the plan on the given day,” said Iyer, referring to Mumbai’s opponents in the final.
Short Scores: Vidarbha: 1 64/7 in 20 overs (Jitesh Sharma 46 not out; Shams Mulani 3/20), Mumbai: 169/5 in 16.5 overs (Shreyas Iyer 73; Akshay Karnewar 2/24).