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Shaw shines in Mumbai victory 

Bengaluru, October 17

In-form Prithvi Shaw and skipper Shreyas Iyer smashed half-centuries as Mumbai brushed aside Hyderabad by 60 runs in a rain-marred contest to move into the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here today. 

Chasing 247, Mumbai were comfortably placed at 155/2 when rain halted play. Iyer (55 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (17) were at the crease, and had already amassed 73 runs for the third wicket. The game, however, could not be resumed and Mumbai were declared the winners via VJD method.

Before rain interrupted, left-arm spinner Mehdi Hasan struck twice, dismissing Mumbai openers Rohit Sharma (17) and Shaw (61 off 44 balls) to leave Mumbai at 82/2. Shaw’s knock contained eight fours and two sixes. The teenager had hit a century on Test debut in Rajkot against West Indies. He amassed 237 runs in the series with an average of 118.50 and a strike rate of 94.04 to be adjudged Man of the Series.

Earlier, Hyderabad posted 246/8, thanks to Rohit Rayudu’s 132-ball 121. The knock was studded with eight boundaries and four sixes. Hyderabad had a dismal start with openers Tanmay Agarwal (11) and Akshath Reddy (7) returning to the pavilion early. Rayudu and Bavanaka Sandeep (29) then stitched a vital 50-run stand for the third wicket. While Hyderabad kept losing wickets at regular intervals, Rayudu held up one end nicely, helping Hyderabad post a fighting total.

For Mumbai, Tushar Deshpande was the lead wicket-taker with 3/55; Royston Dias bagged 2/43.  Brief scores: Hyderabad 246/8 (Rohit Rayudu 121*, Bavanaka Sandeep 29; Tushar Deshpande 3/55); Mumbai 155/2 (Prithvi Shaw 61, Shreyas Iyer 55 not out; Mehdi Hassan 2/23). Mumbai beat Hyderabad by  60 runs via VJD Method

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