Iyer hits record-breaking ton as Mumbai rout Sikkim

Indore, Feb 21: Young Shreyas Iyer hit a blazing 147 off 55 balls to help Mumbai defeat Sikkim by 154 runs in their Group C opening match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy here today.
Iyer’s 147 is the highest T20 score by an Indian. He surpassed the record of Rishabh Pant, who had scored unbeaten 128 for Delhi Daredevils.
His 147 is also the 12th highest score by a batsman in the T20 cricket history.
Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara hit an unbeaten 100 in 61 balls, but the effort went in vain as Railways chased down Saurashtra’s 189-run target with five wickets in hand at the Holkar Stadium.
At the Emeralds Heights International School ground, it was all Iyer show, who took the Sikkim bowlers to cleansers hammering 15 sixes and seven boundaries as Mumbai posted a mammoth 258/4 in 20 overs.
The domestic veterans then restricted Sikkim to 104/7 to start their campaign on a winning note.
Mumbai lost openers skipper Ajinkya Rahane (11) and young prodigy Prithvi Shaw (10) cheaply and were reduced to 2-22.
But one-down Iyer and experienced Surya Kumar Yadav
joined forces as they hammered the opposition bowlers and
conjured a 213-run stand for the third wicket.
It was an absolute carnage with Iyer being the more
aggressive of the two.
24-year-old Iyer raced to his 100 in just 38 balls.
Surya too played a handy knockof 63 in just 33 balls
with eight boundaries and two other shots over the fence.
Sikkim were never in the hunt to chase the total and
their innings ended at 104/7.
For Mumbai, spinner Shams Mulani and pacer Shardul
Thakur picked two wickets each, while Dhawal Kulkarni, Shubham
Ranjane and Tushar Deshpande picked a wicket each.
In another Group C match, Pujara hit a stroke-filed
unbeaten 100 off 61 balls, with 14 boundaries and a six, and
his team, Saurashtra, to 188/3 in 20 overs.
But contributions from the middle order helped
Railways overhaul the target with two balls to spare.
Brief Scores: Mumbai 258/4 (Shreyas Iyer 147, Surya
Kumar Yadav 63, Milind Kumar 2-30) won against Sikkim 104/7 (B
B Sharma 32, Ashish Thapa 19, Shams Mulani 2-2, Shardul Thakur
2-13) by 154 runs.
Mumbai 4 points, Sikkim 0 points.
Saurashtra 188/3 (C Pujara 100 not out, Robin Uthappa
46, Ashish Yadav 1-30) lost to Railways 190/5 (Mrunal Devdhar
49, P S Singh 40, D A Jadeja 2-27).
Saurashtra 0 points, Railways 4 points.
Madhya Pradesh 199/4 (Parth Sahani 90, Abhishek
Bhandari 54 not out, Manpreet Singh Grewal 2-34) won against
Punjab 165/9 (Manpreet Singh 64, Gurkeerat Mann 46, Ishwar
Pandey 3-17) by 34 runs. MP 4 points, Punjab 0. PTI