IND vs SL 1st T20 Live: Suryakumar Yadav continues dream run of form, slams 50 against Sri Lanka – Team India’s new no.4 batsman Suryakumar Yadav continued his purple patch in T20 cricket by slamming a brilliant fifty against Sri Lanka in the first T20I of the three-match series here at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Sunday. Yadav scored 50 runs in just 34 balls with the help of five boundaries and two sixes.
FIFTY for SKY! 👏 👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 25, 2021
The right-hand batsman was dismissed in the 16th over of the innings right after scoring his fifty. Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga claimmed his wicket. In his short career of four T20I, he has scored 139 runs at an average of 46.33 and an explosive strike rate of 169.51.
In the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka he was named Man of the Series. In the 1st match, he did not have the opportunity to play a big knock as India were chasing the game with Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan setting the stage. But in the 2nd match, he did have the perfect situation as India lost five wickets and he was batting at 51 with still 116 runs to win. But he was trapped leg-before by Lakshan Sandakan, leaving India in trouble. Similarly, on Friday in the 3rd ODI, he started well and was batting on 40 with 28 overs still left. He had the stage set for a big score but he was again trapped leg-before in a similar fashion.
With his flexibility to bat at the top, middle and lower-middle-order, he has become an asset for Team India, at least in white-ball cricket. Furthermore, he can bat at a higher strike rate than he has proven with his 122.77 strike rate in the series. With the ICC T20 World Cup on the horizon, Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri have found a gem with Shreyas Iyer still recovering from a shoulder injury. With such good shows, he will be one of the first names to be picked for the mega event in October.