In the Caribbean versus West Indies, Suryakumar Yadav outscored Rishabh Pant to set a record for the greatest men’s T20I score by an Indian.
In the third T20I against the West Indies, which India won by seven wickets with one over remaining, the top-order batsman accomplished the feat. Suryakumar scored 76 off 44 balls to help India win the five-match series as they were needing 165 runs to take the lead. Along the way, he passed Rishabh Pant, who had the record following his 65-run 2019 performance.
Masterclass From Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar appeared to be in imperious touch from the moment he confronted the ball, forcing a near-yorker for four through cover. He then proceeded to hit perfectly good balls bowled on hard lengths with hardly credible strokes.
However, his greatest shot was an aerial inside-out drive to a short-of-a-length ball on the middle stump, scoring a six-over wide long-off. He hit 12 boundaries, five of which were behind square on the off side and one behind square on the leg side. Suryakumar, who at one time appeared poised to hit a century in a brief chase, performed a number of displays in addition to that one.
After being given the opportunity to bat, Kyle Mayers scored 73 runs off 50 balls as India held West Indies to 164/5. In response, Rohit Sharma’s retirement dealt India a setback. However, Suryakumar held down the fort till Rishabh’s quick-fire 33 not out gave India the lead.
It Was Not An Easy Target: Rohit Sharma
India’s captain Rohit Sharma praised Suryakumar Yadav and his combination with Shreyas Iyer after the game.
“The 30s and 40s look good, but when you get past 70-80 and get a hundred as well then you’re scoring those runs for the team. Good partnership with Iyer.
When you are chasing a target like that anything can happen. It was not an easy target and the pitch had something for the bowlers. It was important for us to pick the right shots off the right balls,” Rohit said.
West Indies will play India in the fourth round of the five-match T20I series on August 6 in Lauderhill. India currently leads the series 2-1.