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Kerala’s Mohammed Azharuddeen smashes second-fastest century in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy | Cricket

2021-01-13 17:41:58

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Mohammed Azharuddeen strikes a pose © KCA

Kerala’s Mohammed Azharuddeen smashed the second-fastest century within the Syed Mushtaq Ali, India’s home T20 match, attending to the mark in 37 balls in opposition to a Mumbai assault led by Dhawal Kulkarni. He missed the Rishabh Pant’s file by 5 balls nevertheless it was nonetheless the joint-third-fastest T20 century by an Indian, the primary hundred by a Kerala batsman within the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, and sealed their highest-ever chase within the match as Kerala registered their first win in opposition to Mumbai in any format.

Kerala had been chasing 197 after 40s from Yashasvi Jaiswal and Aditya Tare and helpful cameos from Suryakumar Yadav and Shivam Dube. Azharuddeen began the innings with Robin Uthappa, who was sedate solely compared, and the 2 placed on 129 runs in 9.3 overs earlier than Uthappa a 23-ball 33. Quickly after, Azharuddeen bought to his century off left-arm spinner Atharva Ankolekar. Rishabh Pant’s file of the quickest hundred – off 32 balls – within the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy although was by no means actually below menace.

Azharuddeen slowed down after being on 89 in 31 balls, scoring 1, 1, 0 and 1 to get to 92 in 35 balls earlier than a six off Mulani – his eighth – and a two took him to the landmark. He remained unbeaten on 137 off 54 balls, with 9 fours and 11 sixes, as Kerala cantered to victory by eight wickets in 15.5 overs.

Azharuddeen, the 26-year-old, bought off the mark off the third ball of the innings – his first – with a boundary off Kulkarni, and took a particular liking to Tushar Deshpande, the opposite new-ball bowler. Within the second over of the innings, bowled by Deshpande, Azharuddeen hit one six and two fours as 20 runs had been scored. Deshpande went off the assault however returned within the sixth, and Azharuddeen hit him for 2 fours and two sixes because the over went for 23, taking his rating to 65 on the finish of the powerplay.

Essentially the most noteworthy facet of Azharuddeen’s innings was his pull photographs, however he did play various pleasing drives too, and located his runs off Ankolekar and Shams Mulani primarily within the V, whilst he slapped the skilled Kulkarni over his head for 2 sixes, each off the again foot.

The file for the quickest T20 century is within the title of Chris Gayle – he bought to the mark off simply 30 balls when he hit 175 not out off 66 balls for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in opposition to the Pune Warriors India in IPL 2013. Then comes Pant’s effort. Rohit Sharma’s 35-ball ton in opposition to Sri Lanka in a T20I ranks second amongst Indians, whereas Azharuddeen has pulled degree with Yusuf Pathan, who hit a 37-ball century for the Rajasthan Royals in opposition to the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2010.

Azharuddeen has by no means featured within the IPL earlier than, however this century is a well timed step in that course, given the IPL 2021 public sale is scheduled for February.

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ESPN Sports activities Media Ltd.

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