Suryakumar Yadav mesmerised the sell-out crowd on the Saurashtra Cricket Affiliation Stadium with a magical unbeaten 112 within the third and deciding T20I between India and Sri Lanka in Rajkot on Saturday.
Suryakumar’s power-hitting masterclass powered India to a cushty 91-run win. India captured the sequence 2-1.
Sri Lanka’s lengthy await a maiden bilateral sequence win in India continues. The Lankans have featured in 25 bilateral sequence on this nation, throughout codecs, with out success.
The customer’s quest to make historical past was crushed by the unstoppable pressure that’s Suryakumar. The Mumbai batter pasted deliveries to all elements of the bottom, taking India to a mammoth 228 for 5.
Suryakumar acquired going with a swivelling pull for six over deep square-leg — a shot he had made his personal. He later created a couple of maximums out of nothing – transferring effectively exterior off stump to ramp the ball in direction of fine-leg. Such was the extent of his shuffle that he tumbled and rolled over on the bottom.
Spinners Maheesh Theeksana and Wanindu Hasaranga weren’t spared both. With the duvet fielder contained in the circle, Suryakumar focused the realm by taking one step exterior leg and lofting his drives.
He reached his third T20I hundred in 45 balls, with a single to deep cowl within the nineteenth over. A flat-batted six over additional cowl and a flicked 4 within the final over, bowled by Karunaratne, was the icing on the Suryakumar cake.
The panicking Sri Lankans erred by not making an attempt the slower balls or bouncers. One-drop Rahul Tripathi, enjoying his second T20I, offered the early sparks with an enterprising 16-ball 35. A few straight
sixes off Karunaratne offered a glimpse of the expertise that Tripathi brings to the desk.
Shubman Gill (46, 36b, 2×4, 3×6) saved Suryakumar firm for a 111-run third-wicket stand. Shubman took no possibilities to size deliveries, and solely opened up when the bowlers overpitched.
Axar Patel offered the late fireworks with an unbeaten 9-ball 21. The Indian innings stayed true to the modern-day T20 successful mantra – assault relentlessly from begin to end.
Sri Lanka’s chase was derailed when top-order batters Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis and Avishka Fernando fell inside the house of eight deliveries. From 53 for 3 in 6.1 overs, Sri Lanka had a mountain to climb. With the required price at 12 and rising drastically, the center and lower-order tried to pressure the tempo and caved.
Left-arm speedster Arshdeep Singh, who bowled 5 no-balls within the earlier encounter, didn’t overstep in his 2.4 overs. He was essentially the most profitable bowler with figures of three for 20.
The specific Umran Malik (2/31) completed as the best wicket-taker of the sequence with seven scalps.