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Iyer's first IPL century not enough as Mumbai down Kolkata by 5 wickets


Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai on Sunday night. AP

Top T20 batter Suryakumar Yadav roared back to form as Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets with 14 balls remaining in the Indian Premier League on Sunday despite a century from Venkatesh Iyer.

Yadav, who had scored only 16 runs in his last six innings across white-ball cricket, smacked 43 off 25 balls to propel Mumbai’s 186-5 in 17.4 overs in reply to Kolkata’s 185-6.

Iyer became only the second Kolkata batter to score an IPL hundred, even as his effort went in vain. After his team was asked to bat first, he made 104 runs off 51 balls, including six fours and nine sixes.

Iyer came into bat at No. 3 after opener Narayan Jagadeesan fell for a duck. All-rounder Arjun Tendulkar (0-17 in two overs), the son of cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, made a much-awaited debut for Mumbai and bowled an impressive opening spell although he didn’t pick up a wicket.

Iyer reached 50 off only 23 balls and continued his charge even as the other Kolkata batsmen struggled to get going. Andre Russell’s 21 not out was the second highest score of the innings, and the only other Kolkata batter to hit a six.

Iyer scored 50 more runs off 26 balls to reach his first IPL hundred off 49 balls. It was the second century of the IPL season after Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Harry Brook against Kolkata on Friday.

Iyer broke a long-standing Kolkata record, though, becoming only the second batter after Brendon McCullum to score a century for the franchise in 16 years of competition. McCullum had scored his hundred on IPL’s opening night back in 2008, hitting 158 not out off 73 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

In reply, Mumbai got a quick start as Rohit Sharma, who didn’t field or lead the side, came out to bat as the impact player. He scored 20 off 13 balls and put on 65 off 29 balls with Ishan Kishan.

Also finding his footing, Kishan smacked 58 off 25, including five fours and five sixes.

Thanks to their opening stand, Mumbai stayed ahead of the curve but wrist spinner Suyash Sharma took 2-27 in four overs, including Sharma's wicket, with the score now 87-2.

But Yadav and in-form Tilak Varma didn’t let the momentum die out. They added 60 off 38 balls for the third wicket, hitting four sixes and seven fours.

All-rounder Tim David applied the finishing touch with 24 not out off 13 as Mumbai won with plenty to spare.

It was Mumbai’s second win in four games and it climbed to eighth with four points. Kolkata stayed fifth, also with four points, from two wins in five games.

Associated Press

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