Prithvi Shaw had a rare off day but Shivam Dube joined the party as his all-round show ensured a 15-run victory for Mumbai over Vidarbha in a group A match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament on Sunday. Batting first, Mumbai scored 155 for eight in 20 overs with Dube’s 41 off 40 balls and Sarfaraz Khan’s 26 off 20 balls enabling the tournament favourites to cross the 150-run mark. In reply, Vidarbha were restricted to 140 for six with in-form left-arm spinner Shams Mulani (3/21 in 4 overs) and Dube (2/20 in 3 overs) choking the run flow.
Earlier, Shaw (19 off 13 balls), who had blazed his way to 134 off 61 balls in the last game, had smashed three fours and a six before being castled by India international Umesh Yadav (2/38).
However, it was left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate (3/28) who put the brakes in the middle overs, and even a big hitter like Dube had to play the waiting game.
While chasing, Vidarbha were pegged back in the powerplay and found themselves tottering at 50 for four in the ninth over as their T20 specialist big-hitter Jitesh Sharma had given a catch to keeper Hardik Tamore off Dube.
The lower middle-order did try its bit, but by then, Mumbai had surged way ahead.
They lead the group A points table with 16 from four games and need to win just two of their next three games to ensure a direct entry into the quarter-finals.
Brief Scores Mumbai 155/8 (Shivam Dube 41, Prithvi Shaw 19, Aditya Sarwate 3/28, Umesh yadav 2/38).
Vidarbha 140/6 (Akshay Karnewar 27, Shams Mulani 3/21, Shivam Dube 2/21). Mumbai won by 15 runs.
Mizoram 115/9 (Taruwar Kohli 75, Mrinmoy Datta 2/10).
Assam 118/3 (Riyan Parag 52 not out). Assam won by 7 wickets.
MP 190/5 (Rajat Patidar 92 not out off 43 balls, Susheel Kumar 2/35).
Railways 176/9 (Pratham Singh 55, Ashwin Das 3/35). MP won by 14 runs.
Rajasthan 143/6 (Salman Khan 47, Swapnil 2/23) Uttarakhand 147/6 (Adirya Tare 34 off 28 balls). Uttrakhand won by 4 wickets.
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