Suryakumar’s Explosive Century Levels Records in India’s T20I Triumph

Suryakumar Yadav’s century leads India to a resounding win over South Africa in the third T20I. Kuldeep Yadav’s birthday with a remarkable five-wicket haul.

In a resounding victory over South Africa in the third T20I, India’s skipper Suryakumar Yadav not only dismissed concerns about his ankle injury but also showcased a stunning performance, securing his fourth T20I century at the Wanderers. Speaking on his ankle, Suryakumar reassured that it’s not a significant concern, emphasizing his joy in achieving a century and contributing to the team’s win.

Suryakumar’s magnificent century, achieved in just 55 balls, included seven fours and eight sixes, boasting a remarkable strike rate of 178.57. This accomplishment drew him level with Rohit Sharma and Glenn Maxwell for the most centuries by a male batter in T20Is.

Expressing his satisfaction, Suryakumar noted, “It’s always a good feeling to get to a triple-figure (score) in a T20 game. When it comes in a winning cause for the team, I’m more than happy doing that.” Despite starting slow at 27 off 25 balls, he unleashed a powerful onslaught in the latter half of the innings, smashing 73 runs in the next 31 balls.

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While his ankle injury limited his fielding, India faced no hindrance as birthday boy Kuldeep Yadav delivered a stellar performance, claiming a career-best figure of 5-17 in 2.5 overs. Suryakumar commended Kuldeep’s fearless approach to the game and highlighted the team’s strategy to bat first, set a formidable total, and defend it.

South Africa’s Aiden Markram, despite the defeat, expressed optimism, believing the target of 200 was achievable. He acknowledged some positives and areas for improvement, showcasing a resilient spirit moving forward.

In this T20I clash, India’s batting brilliance and Kuldeep Yadav’s birthday gift ensured a comprehensive victory, leaving a memorable mark on the series.

-IANS