Team India recorded a dominant victory over Sri Lanka in the decisive third and final T20 International (T20I) to seal Saturday’s three-game series 2-1.
Suryakumar Yadav was the star of the evening for the hosts as he continued his golden run with the bat and smashed his third T20I century to light up Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot. The right-handed hitter entered at No. 4 and reached the three-digit mark of just 45 pitches using 6 fours and eight giant sixes.
Suryakumar also became the first non-opener to reach three T20I centuries and the second fastest centurion for India after Rohit Sharmawho scored a ton of 35 balls against the same opponent in Indore in 2017.
Surya showed a wide range of sparkling shots and took all the Lankan bowlers to the cleaners. India’s vice-captain completed his fifty off just 26 balls and then took just 19 pitches to reach the 100 run as the world’s number one batsman remained undefeated with 112 from 51 pitches. Aside from SKY, opener Shubman Gill chipped with a 36-ball 46-run knock.
In response, the Islanders were tied for only 137 points and lost the game by 91 points. Arshdeep Singh (3/20) took three wickets while Hardik Panya (2/30), Yuzvendra Chahal (2/30) and Umran Malik (2/31) took two wickets each.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) January 7, 2023
𝓢𝓮𝓷𝓼𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷𝓪𝓵 𝓢𝓾𝓻𝔂𝓪 👏👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2023
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) January 7, 2023
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) January 7, 2023
—Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) January 7, 2023
— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) January 7, 2023
— Angelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) January 7, 2023
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 7, 2023
Most runs for Indian No. 6 or lower hitters in a Men’s T20I Series:
117 – Axar Patel v SL, 2023
92 – Venkatesh Iyer v WI, 2022
92 – Dinesh Karthik v SA, 2022
89 – Manish Pandey v NZ, 2020
83 – Dinesh Karthik in SL tri-series, 2018
In fact, all of Axar’s runs came in at #7.#INDvSL
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) January 7, 2023
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 7, 2023
Wow SKY I just did a short flight but it looks like you flew much higher than me today 😊
— DK (@DineshKarthik) January 7, 2023
Skills, technique and Jigar Surya 💯🤩
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 7, 2023
— RP Singh (@rpsingh) January 7, 2023
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) January 7, 2023
India continues to dominate in T20I bilaterals at home, has not lost a single series in the last 4 years.
— Jans. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 7, 2023
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) January 7, 2023
— ICC (@ICC) January 7, 2023
Sri Lanka has now played 25 bilateral series in various formats against India in India and remains the only country where they have not defeated the host nation in a bilateral rubber.
40 years and counting…#INDvSL
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) January 7, 2023
A SKY show, followed by dominating bowling from Arsh, Hardik and Chahal 👌🏼#TeamIndia crowns the T20I series 🏆 😍
— Capitals of Delhi (@DelhiCapitals) January 7, 2023
I’ve been lucky enough to see some great players at the top of their game. Watching @surya_14kumar from the past year sits comfortably on that list.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 7, 2023
Hardik’s reaction to that Surya Six is everyone’s reaction to almost every shot Surya hits. #INDvSL
📸Hot star pic.twitter.com/CIXm7Gm9HV
— Jigar Mehta (@jigsactin) January 7, 2023
I never looked @ivivianrichards placing fear and awe in equal measure and sense of unhappiness in bowler. Could be @surya_14kumar just a glimpse of how the king used to play.
PS- I am by no means trying to compare the incomparable Richards to #SuryakumarYadav
— Vimal कुमार (@Vimalwa) January 7, 2023
Incredible Surya!!! Enchanting to the eyes. Unreal things #INDvSL
— Unmukt Chand (@UnmuktChand9) January 7, 2023
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