India vs Sri Lanka – “One Man Army In Indian Cricket…”: World Lauds Suryakumar Yadav After Third T20I Ton
In the third and final T20 match against Sri Lanka on Saturday in Rajkot, Suryakumar Yadav led India to 228 for five with an unbeaten 112 off just 51 balls. In order to score his third T20I century, Surya toyed with the Sri Lankan bowlers, hitting fours and maximums at whim and in his signature style all over the field. Surya required just 19 deliveries to surpass the 100-run threshold after completing his fifty in 26 balls. He smashed a six and a four against Chamika Karunaratne in the final over to put the game away.
Shubman Gill (46), who was cautious as he opened his account after playing nine dots with a six, followed by a four off Dilshan Madushanka in the third over, was unable to surpass single digit scores in the previous two games.
After Ishan Kishan (1) was returned in the first over, Rahul Triptahi played a 16-ball 35-run innings.
When spin was added, Tripathi immediately went after Mahesh Theekshana (0/48) who had three fours in the fifth over. He hit the first one over mid-off, the second one to point, and the third one over square leg.
Tripathi took the initiative and pounded Chamika Karunaratne (1/52) for a pair of sixes before dying off a short ball and was caught at short third.
In the powerplay, India scored 53 runs for the cost of just two wickets, and while Gill continued to score slowly, Surya was at the top of his game.
In the format, the top batter in the world resembled a being from another planet. He drove the ball to the boundary to reach his half century.
Gill attempted to boost the ante at the other end as well after Surya fired. A leg-break got the better of him as the youthful player advanced down the wicket to strike the ball for another boundary, ending their 111-run stand. He struck Wanindu Hasaranga (1/36) for a six.
The momentum changed with Gill’s wicket as India lost captain Hardik Pandya (4) and all-rounder.
Surya, meanwhile, continued to timing the ball perfectly as normal as he constantly did. In his scorching knock, he smacked seven fours and nine sixes.
Axar Patel (21 not out) joined him in the end, and the two of them helped India surpass the 220-run threshold.
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