Cheteshwar Pujara ton goes in vain as Mumbai pip Saurashtra in a thriller
Ahmedabad: Cheteshwar Pujara reminded the selectors of his hitting prowess in limited overs format but his brilliant century couldn't stop Mumbai from clinching a two-wicket thriller in the West Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare trophy one day competition here on Saturday.
Put into bat, Pujara smashed his way to 138 off 129 balls with 14 boundaries and two sixes as Saurashtra scored a healthy 279 for five in 50 overs.
In reply, 36-year-old Wasim Jaffer smashed 83 off 67 balls with six boundaries and three sixes while Shreyash Iyer scored 59 off 67 balls as Mumbai reached the target with two balls to spare.
Iyer-Jaffer pair added 111 runs after Mumbai were reduced to 78 for three in 17.3 overs.
In the lower-order wicketkeeper-batsman Sufiyan Sheikh (31) also made useful contribution adding 43 runs for the sixth wicket with T20 specialist Suryakumar Yadav (26).
It was Wilkin Mota (10), who hit two boundaries in the final over bowled by former UP pacer Sudeep Tyagi to end the match with a florish.
Brief Scores: Saurashtra 279/5 (Cheteshwar Pujara 138, Iqbal Abdullah 2/40).
Mumbai 280/8 in 49.4 overs (Wasim Jaffer 83, Shreyash Iyer 59, Sidharth Trivedi 4/42). Mumbai won by 2 wickets.
Points: Mumbai 4 Saurashtra 0.