Shardul Thakur once again proved his mettle with the bat in Mumbai’s Vijay Hazare Trophy encounter against Himachal Pradesh at Jaipur on Monday (March 1).
Opting to bat first, Mumbai lost their top four batsmen for just 49 runs. While the duo of Suryakumar Yadav (91 off 75 balls) and Aditya Tare (83 off 98 balls) added 99 runs for the fifth wickets to bail the team out of trouble, it was Shardul’s blitz in the death overs that took Mumbai to a commanding position.
Coming to bat in the 31st over, Thakur shared a 112-run stand with Tare for the sixth wicket before he farmed the strike and took the Himachal attack to the cleaners.
Shardul brought up his half-century in 39 deliveries and eventually finished with 92 off 57 balls (6 fours and 6 sixes) as Mumbai piled up a massive 321/9 in 50 overs.
Amid the carnage, Vaibhav Arora (1-48) returned with respectable bowling figures for Himachal while Rishi Dhawan (4-84) and Pankaj Jaiswal (3-65) took seven wickets between them.
Mumbai 321/9 in 50 overs (Shardul Thakur 92; Suryakumar Yadav 91) versus Himachal Pradesh (Pankaj Jaiswal 3-65; Rishi Dhawan 4-84; Vaibhav Arora 1-48)