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Suryakumar propels India to 3rd T20I win

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Suryakumar propels India to 3rd T20I win

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Suryakumar played a fantastic innings and scored 83 runs as India won the third T20I against the West Indies. He hit four sixes during his impressive performance. This achievement makes him the third male Indian player to hit 100 sixes in T20 internationals, joining the ranks of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli who have already achieved this milestone.

Rohit Sharma holds the record for the most sixes hit by any player worldwide, totaling 182. Virat Kohli, with 117 sixes, and Suryakumar Yadav, with 101 sixes, are in pursuit of their accomplished captain. They are part of a select group of 14 male cricketers in international matches who have crossed the significant milestone of hitting over 100 sixes.

Following the early dismissals of T20 debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill, India turned to Suryakumar to lead the charge in their pursuit of 160 runs. He took on the responsibility and played a remarkable innings, hitting 10 fours and four sixes in his dazzling performance.

In the end, Suryakumar’s innings came to an end when he played a shot that resulted in a catch at deep backward square leg off a full toss by Alzarri Joseph. However, Tilak Varma remained not out with a score of 49, and captain Hardik Pandya sealed the victory with a six, finishing the match with 13 balls still remaining.


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Varma narrowly missed achieving back-to-back half-centuries in his third international outing, an outcome that left him disappointed. Suryakumar, however, acknowledged Varma’s remarkable display of composure and growth as a young cricketer. Suryakumar expressed his confidence in the 20-year-old’s potential, seeing a promising and successful future in the sport for him.

“I feel for his age, he’s showing amazing maturity,” Suryakumar said of Varma post-match. “He knows his game very well, what he wants to do when he comes into bat, and today he was very clear what he wanted to do and he’s mentally very strong. That’s the most important thing, what you need when you come into the Indian dressing room and you play at this level.”

After winning the coin toss and opting to bat in Providence, West Indies skipper Rovman Powell played a crucial role in propelling his team to a total of 159/5. He contributed a rapid and unbeaten 40 runs to the scoreboard.

Brandon King managed to score 42 runs from the same number of balls, maintaining a run-a-ball pace. Alongside him, opener Kyle Mayers added 25 runs, and Nicholas Pooran also made a respectable contribution of 20 runs for the home team.

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who was brought back into the playing XI in exchange for Ravi Bishnoi, took charge of the Indian bowling attack and impressed by securing three wickets for just 28 runs.

Axar Patel and Mukesh Kumar each managed to take one wicket for India. India narrowed the series gap to 2-1 against West Indies in the five-match series, bouncing back after a four-run loss in the opening match and a nail-biting two-wicket defeat on Sunday. The next two matches are set to be held in Florida over the upcoming weekend, making the series outcome still uncertain.

The West Indies are striving to secure their first series victory of two or more matches against India in any format since 2016. Before this, India had triumphed 1-0 in the preceding two-Test series and then secured a 2-1 win over the West Indies in the ODIs.


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