Batters Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav came as saviors for Team India as their 104 run partnership helped their side chase the 187 goal in the third and final T20I game against Australia on Sunday, at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Kohli crushed 63 while Suryakumar scored 69 as Team India finished the match with six wickets in hand. After the win, skipper Rohit Sharma praised both batters for their fantastic performance, helping his side claim the 3-match series 2-1.
“When it comes to Suryakumar, we all know the quality he has. He can play shots all over the ground and that’s what makes him special. He’s been really consistent with the bat. Whenever he’s had a chance, he’s played an impactful innings. Every time I see him he’s upped his game. It’s a good sign as a player. Today he was exceptional. We were two behind in the power play. To come out and play the way he played taking the game away from the opponent was great,” Rohit said at a post-match press conference.
“Not to forget Virat on the other hand. He got a crucial partnership with Suryakumar. It was great for us to get that kind of batsmanship from those two guys. When you’re chasing 180 it’s not easy, especially after you get two wickets.” But they kept their cool and supported themselves and played their shots. Good to see it from the outside too,” he added.
As for the pacers, Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who have been given a lot of flak for leaking many runs, Rohit supported both by saying the team believes in their quality.
“I’ve talked about how hard it is for bowlers to come back from injury. He (Harshal) missed cricket for almost two months. We didn’t really judge him based on his performance in these three games. We know his quality “He has made some difficult overs for us in the past and also for his franchise. We believe in his quality. It is important to continue to show that confidence. I am sure he is working to correct his mistakes. He is always working on his skills,” said Rohit.
“Lately, he (Bhuvneshwar) has not delivered as expected, but it can happen to anyone. It is not easy to bowl in death overs. We are working on some execution plans, we will give him more options to bowl at the dead” He will be just as good as before. He has no lack of confidence, it is still there. It’s important how you come back after some bad games and we want him to do that as soon as possible,” he added.
During the match, Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli played punches of 69 and 63 respectively as Team India chased the goal of 187 to win the third T20I by six wickets to take the series 2-1.
Previously, Tim David and Cameron Green had scored 54 and 52 respectively to help Australia to 186/7 in 20 overs. For India, Axar Patel returned with three wickets.
Team India will then face South Africa in a three-game T20I series, which begins on Wednesday.
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