Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Kerala’s Mohammad Azharuddeen Is Praised By Virender Sehwag After 37-Ball Century

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Kerala batsman Mohammed Azharuddeen played a stunning knock against Mumbai on Wednesday in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy as he helped Kerala win their second match in trot. The right-handed opener chasing on 197 struck a century from just 37 deliveries against a Mumbai bowling strike consisting of Dhawal Kulkarni, Tushar Deshpande and Shams Mulani, while Kerala won the match with more than four overs left. Azharuddeen remained unbeaten at 137 from just 54 deliveries while Kerala defeated Mumbai by eight wickets. It was the second fastest century in the history of India’s national T20 century, after Rishabh Pant’s 32-ball tons in 2018.

Former India batsman Virender Sehwag was in awe of Azharuddeen’s fiery innings. “Wah Azharudeen, behtareen! To score like that against Mumbai was a bit of effort. 137 * out of 54 and got the job done. Enjoyed these innings,” he tweeted.

It was the first century by a Kerala batsman in T20s and also the third joint fastest century by an Indian in the shortest format.

Watch the 26-year-old’s stunning effort here:

Azharuddeen hit 11 sixes and nine boundaries in his thrilling knock.

Previously, Kerala won the coin toss and chose the field. Mumbai’s top three of Aditya Tare, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Captain Suryakumar Yadav hit 42, 40 and 38 respectively, but the middle order failed to fire. However, a 13-ball 26 from Shivam Dube helped them finish on 196/7.

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Azharuddeen gave chase and made short work of the bowlers in Mumbai, with solid support from opening partner Robin Uthappa. The two stood at 129 before Uthappa took off to 33 in the 10th.

Sanju Samson came in and got stuck in Mumbai’s bowlers, hitting a 12-ball 22 before being knocked out with only 7 runs needed to win. But the wicket was only consolation for Mumbai as Azharuddeen finished the match in style, hitting a six on Siddhesh Lad to seal victory for Kerala.

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