Indian batting sensation Suryakumar Yadav continued his impressive run Sri Lanka when he made half a century in the first T20I against the hosts in Colombo. Suryakumar Yadav was one of the most looked forward to players leading to the shortest format. He further fueled his case for the T20 World Cup and social media users were awe-inspiring for his 34-ball.
Suryakumar Yadav, who earlier grabbed the man of the series award in the ODI leg, came to the crease in the seventh over. The 31-year-old immediately did business while continuing to turn the strike around and hit borders delightfully. Yadav played the spinners and pacemakers equally well, reaching his half-century of 33 deliveries. It consists of five fours and two sixes, which hit a beautiful 147.06.
Yadav’s innings ends tame as he aims to belt six more over the bowler’s head. The delivery of the spinner Wanindu Hasaranga turned a touch and it went in the direction of a prolonged turn. Ramesh Mendis held on to the catch when the 31-year-old beat for India at the wrong time. The tourists ended up with 164 on the board, as Suryakumar Yadav was the only half-captain.
Shikhar Dhawan scored a sluggish 46 from 36 deliveries, with India scoring just 43 runs from the last five overs. New ball bowler Dushmantha Chameera, who sacked Prithvi Shaw in the first ball of the innings, was the most successful bowler. He ends with figures of 4-0-24-2. But Yadav’s turn was probably the highlight.
Below is how Twitter responded to Suryakumar Yadav’s quick fifty in the first T20I against Sri Lanka:
India’s 360 @ surya_14kumar
– Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) 25 July 2021
Absolutely top innings of @ surya_14kumar. On a slow track he had to create shots and it was a very inventive turn.
– Harsha Bhogle (hobhogleharsha) 25 July 2021
Suryakumar Yadav is red hot. Hits a fifty. With such excellent performances, he makes a strong case in India’s XI for the T20 World Cup. Fantastic turn #SLvIND
– Sarang Bhalerao (bhaleraosarang) 25 July 2021
Suryakumar Yadav plays a pulse beat against the spinner, just as Virat Kohli plays against the spinner for four runs.
– CricketMAN2 (@ man4_cricket) 25 July 2021
Indians scoring 2 50s in first 3 T20I innings
Suryakumar Yadav *#INDvSL
– CricBeat (@Cric_beat) 25 July 2021
SKY 50 🔥 Suryakumar Yadav brings his half century to the fore. He’s one stylish player 👀 There’s an excitement every time he gets in the middle. I can not wait to see the shots he plays. Pleasant, entertaining cricket from him always! #SLvIND
– Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) 25 July 2021
Most runs for India after the 1st 3 T20I innings
139 – Suryakumar Yadav *
109 – Gautam Gambhir
99 – Suresh Raina
88 – Rohit Sharma#INDvSL
– SHEBAS (@ Shebas_10) 25 July 2021
Still new in international cricket but it is safe to say that Suryakumar Yadav crushes it on the big stage 💥
His four innings for India so far:
57 (31) v ENG
32 (17) v ENG
31 * (20) v SL
53 (44) v SL
– Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) 21 July 2021
– S ∆ CHI | 🇮🇳 (@ fadesachi06) 25 July 2021
– 💙 💙 (@ Sydney_133) 25 July 2021
For the change, Surya was not at his best with his timing in this innings, yet 50 out of 34. Played.
– Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) 25 July 2021