Mumbai,Feb 22: Young batsman Shreyas Iyer hit a blazing 147 off just 55 balls to help his side Mumbai crush Sikkim by a whopping 154 runs in their Group C opening T20 match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, in Indore, on Thursday, but Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara's ton went in vain as Saurashtra lost their game.
The Mushtaq Ali Trophy is the domestic T20 tournament.
Iyer's 147 is the highest T20 score by an Indian and in the process, he surpassed wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who had scored an unbeaten 128 for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.
His 147 is also the 12th highest score by a batsman in the T20 cricket history.
It was Iyer show all the way. The 24-year-old took the Sikkim bowlers to cleansers, hammering 15 sixes and seven boundaries as Mumbai posted a mammoth 258/4 in their 20 overs.
After that, the domestic veterans restricted Sikkim to 104/7 to start their campaign in the tournament on a winning note.
Opting to bat, Mumbai lost their openers - skipper Ajinkya Rahane (11) and young prodigy Prithvi Shaw (10) - cheaply and were reduced to 2-22.
But then one-down Iyer and experienced Surya Kumar Yadav joined forces as they hammered the opposition bowlers and stitched a 213-run stand for the third wicket.
It was an absolute carnage from the duo, with Iyer being the more aggressive of the two.
Iyer was at his brutal best as he spared no Sikkim bowlers and raced to his 100 in just 38 balls.