Yuzvendra Chahal, an Indian spinner, praised Suryakumar Yadav’s blazing performance after his team’s third T20I victory over Sri Lanka, saying that he is proud to play beside him. At the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Saturday, India defeated Sri Lanka by a score of 91 runs in the third and final Twenty20 International to win the three-match series 2-1 because to Suryakumar Yadav’s explosive knock of 112.
“After the first match, I had a discussion with the coaches – on what pace and line to be bowling. (On Suryakumar Yadav) He is batting at a different level and I am happy that I am in the same team as him. Axar is a perfect package. It is tough to bowl to him as well as he is a clean hitter,” said Chahal about two of India’s star performers in a post-match presentation.
Suryakumar once again put on an exhibition of his brilliance in the series, smashing bowlers all over the park in a truly 360-degree manner that has become so synonymous with his name. He emerged as the top run-scorer in the series, smashing 170 runs in three matches at an average of 85.00 and strike rate of over 175, with one century and one fifty.
Axar Patel also walked away with the ‘Man of the Series’ award for his all-around efforts. He scored 117 runs in three innings at an average of 117.00 and a strike rate of 195.00. This also includes a fighting knock of 65 runs in the second T20I in a losing cause. He provided vital cameos for his side in every match with his willow. He also took three wickets in three matches at an average of 24.66 and an economy rate of 7.40.
With this, India has captured the three-match T20I series by 2-1.
India won the toss and elected to bat first. After Men in Blue lost Ishan Kishan (1) early, a quick cameo from Rahul Tripathi brought back some momentum to the innings. He scored 35 off just 16 balls, with five boundaries and two sixes. Shubman Gill was the anchor throughout.
Following Rahul’s dismissal, India was already beyond the 50-run mark in their powerplay. Suryakumar Yadav continued his red-hot form, smashing Lankan bowlers left and right. Gill was dismissed for 46 off 36 balls, ending a quickfire 111-run stand in just 53 balls. Suryakumar brought up his third T20I ton in just 45 balls and ended the innings at 112* off 51 balls, with seven fours and nine sixes. Axar Patel (21*) also provided a nice cameo to power India to 228/5 in their 20 overs.
Dilshan Madushanka (2/55) was the pick of bowlers for visitors. Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha got a wicket each.
Chasing 229, openers Kusal Mendis (23) and Pathum Nissanka (15) provided a good start to the visitors and they scored 44 in 4.5 overs before Axar trapped Kusal.
Following this dismissal, Lanka could not bounce back into the game and lost wickets consistently. Only Dhananjay de Silva (22) and skipper Dasun Shanaka (23) crossed the 20-run mark. Lanka was bundled out for just 137 runs in 16.4 overs. Arshdeep Singh (3/20) impressed with the ball after an off-day at work in 2nd T20I. Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal and Umran Malik took two wickets each while Axar got one. Suryakumar was adjudged as ‘Man of the Match’ for his match-winning ton. The three-match ODI series between both sides will start from January 10.
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