The first match of the three-match T20I series between India and New Zealand at the Sky Stadium in Wellington was called off due to rain without a ball being bowled. The Men in Blue beat New Zealand by 65 runs in the second T20I at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday, November 20, as the visitors took a comfortable 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Suryakumar Yadav, who scored his second T20I century at a strike rate of 217.65, led India to a mammoth total of 191/6. Spinners Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, and Yuzvendra Chahal bowled well as the Kiwis were bowled out for 126 runs. Kane Williamson provided the anchor innings with a 52-ball 61, but he did not look dangerous throughout the game.
I Only Try To Play To The Best Of My Ability – Suryakumar Yadav
The right-handed batsman’s recent match-winning innings have shown a wide range of strokes. Suryakumar stated that he is not “Mr.360” in response to a fan question raised by the audience at the Bay Oval during a recent episode of Chahal TV.
“See, there is only one Mr.360 in world cricket, with whom Chahal has played as well. I did not avail the chance of playing with him, but I have talked with him. There is only one, you know who it is. I only try to play to the best of my ability and I want to be the next Suryakumar Yadav,” he said.
Secret Is About The Intent And You Need To Enjoy Yourself – Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav continued his outstanding form from the T20 World Cup 2022, smashing an unbeaten 111 off 51 deliveries with 11 fours and seven sixes to help India record a match-winning score, and he was named the Player of the Match.
Speaking in the post-match presentation after claiming his Player of the Match award, he said, “The plan was clear when I went into bat. At the 12th/13th over, we thought about batting deep and getting around 170-175 was a par score. Secret (behind his freak shots) is about the intent and you need to enjoy yourself. It’s also about the work you do in the practice sessions.
“It’s a great feeling coming here, having a full game and going 1-0 in the series feels good. I feel that I didn’t think too much about what was happening. Just had my gameplan and it worked well.”
The Hardik Pandya-led team will take on New Zealand in the absence of Kane Williamson in the third and final match of the series, which will be played at McLeod Park in Christchurch on Tuesday, November 22.