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Abhishek Nayar powers Mumbai to 5-wicket win vs Saurashtra

Abhishek Nayar

Vadodara: Mumbai rode on Abhishek Nayar’s scintillating 47-ball 76 to record a comfortable five-wicket win over Saurashtra in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament for West Zone here yesterday.

Batting first after winning the toss, Saurashtra posted a competitive 175-6 in the stipulated 20 overs, but that did not prove to be enough as Mumbai chased down the target with two balls to spare at the Moti Bagh Stadium.

Shashank Singh was the second-best scorer for Mumbai, as he smashed 47 off a mere 22 balls with the help of four boundaries and three sixes.

During his knock, the experienced Nayar found the fence seven times and cleared it thrice. The duo was involved in a 102-run stand for the sixth wicket after Mumbai were struggling at 74 for five in the 13th over.

Earlier, opener Cheteshwar Pujara top-scored for Saurashtra with 47 off 42 deliveries, while Rajdeep Darbar and Sheldon Jackson contributed 37 and 30 respectively.

Brief scores

Saurashtra: 175-6 in 20 overs (C Pujara 47, R Darbar 37; S Thakur 2-22, P Dake 2-55) lost to Mumbai: 176-5 in 19.4 overs (A Nayar 76, Shashank 47) by five wickets

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