Suryakumar Yadav’s scintillating half-century led India to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over the West Indies in the third T20I of the five-match series in St. Kitts on Tuesday. The right-handed batsman, known for his 360-degree batting style, scored a fluent 76 off just 44 balls as the tourists chased down the target with an over to spare. Watch: Hardik Pandya’s World Out Of World Reaction Reminds Me Of ‘I Want To Be Like Jacques Kallis’ Report
With consistent performances regardless of the conditions, the Rohit Sharma-led unit has strengthened its position in the 20-over format as it gears up for this year’s World T20 in Australia.
While captain Rohit Sharma had to retire in the second over due to back spasms, Yadav continued his aggressive approach and dominated with a 86-run stand with Shreyas Iyer, who hit 24 runs. This partnership effectively ended the competition at Warner Park. Then Rishabh Pant scored an unbeaten 33 runs.
As India restored their lead, Yadav frustrated the opposition bowlers and gave a glimpse of the team’s new attacking approach in the format. After the win, the batter engaged with fans and signed autographs.
“Match-winning knock. Heartwarming gesture. @surya_14kumar appreciates fans’ support after #TeamIndia’s win in third T20I!” BCCI has written that.
In the post-match presentation, Rohit spoke about Yadav’s batting approach after his early exit. “When Rohit went in it was important to have someone to bat in the 17th over but I was still able to be myself and express myself,” he said.
“I really liked it because I did it in the IPL (Indian Premier League) too. I supported it and enjoyed it.”
Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya also praised Yadav after the match. “Surya is a phenomenal player. When he starts playing… you are amazed at some of the shots he plays. Today he played a brilliant knock and it was not easy,” Hardik said in the post-match presentation.
On the bowling front, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of India with a spell of 2/35 in four overs. West Indies posted a total of 164/5 in their 20 overs thanks to a brilliant half-century from Kyle Meyers who scored 73 runs off 50 balls with eight fours and four sixes.