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 Saurashtra scored a healthy 279-5 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 78-3 in 17.3 overs.
Pujara's ton in vain
Earlier, Pujara smashed his way to 138 off 129 balls with 14 boundaries and two sixes. In the lower-order wicketkeeper-batsman Sufiyan Sheikh (31) made useful contribution for Mumbai 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.
Saurashtra 279-5 (Cheteshwar Pujara 138; Arpit Vasavada 51; Iqbal Abdullah 2-40) lost to Mumbai 280-8 in 49.4 overs (Wasim Jaffer 83, Shreyas Iyer 59; Siddharth Trivedi 4-42) by 2 wickets
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