Shreyas Iyer steers Mumbai into final of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy | Cricket News


KOLKATA: Shreyas Iyer was at his devastating best en route to a 44-ball 73 as the mighty Mumbai fell short of the 165-run target to edge Vidarbha by five wickets and the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy Thursday here.
Mumbai lost their captain Ajinkya Rahane early, but the in-form Prithvi Shaw (34 off 21) and Iyer ensured that their team went home in 16.5 overs.
Vidarbha made 164 for seven with wicketkeeper-batsman Jitesh Sharma smashing 46 not out from 24 balls.
Mumbai will face Himachal Pradesh in the final on Saturday.
Iyer showed ominous touch and warmed up nicely for the limited overs tour in New Zealand later this month. His knock consisted of seven fours and four sixes. Sarfaraz Khan also chipped in with 27 off 19 balls.
Shivam Dube ended the match with a pair of sixes to remain unbeaten on 13 off four balls.
“I’m glad I took it to the end. My mindset was to stay in attacking mode. Dew factor also played an important role. We tried to punish the loose balls. The spinners didn’t have much turn either didn’t get.” Iyer said after the semi-final at the Eden Gardens.
He also praised Shaw for his cameo at the top of the order.
“When Prithvi batted, you always keep runs going. We told him to stay at least till the first six overs. Few of our good batsmen didn’t start. I connected with almost everything.
“I missed a few shots in the last game. The opposition is always under pressure in a game like this. HP also did well.
“You can’t underestimate anyone. It’s important to execute the plan on the given day,” Iyer said, referring to Mumbai’s opponents in the final.
Short scores:
Vidarbha 164/7 in 20 overs (Jitesh Sharma 46 not out; Shams Mulani 3/20).
Mumbai 169/5 in 16.5 overs (Shreyas Iyer 73; Akshay Karnewar 2/24).


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