Suryakumar Yadav became the leading points scorer in the 2022 T20I cricket on Sunday. Indian star batter T20I achieved this feat in the third T20I match of his match against Australia in Hyderabad. During the match, Suryakumar played a hard knockout of 69 runs in just 36 balls. His innings was adorned with five glorious limits and five big sixes. He hit the ball with an impressive stroke rate of 191.67.
This year, Suryakumar Yadav scored 682 runs at an average of 37.88 in 20 matches in the shortest format. His best individual score this year is 117. A century and four half-centuries have come out of his bat. Suryakumar’s pass rate also stands at an impressive 182.84.
He is followed by Dipendra Singh Airee of Nepal (626), Sabawoon Davizi of the Czech Republic (612), Pakistani star herd Mohammad Rizwan (556) and West Indian skipper Nicholas Pooran (553).
The batter has shown a lot of consistency this year. He ranks third in the ICC Men’s T20I batter’s rankings, behind Aiden Markram of South Africa and Rizwan of Pakistan.
In the third T20I against Australia, Australian visitors scored 186/7 in their 20 overs. Cameron Green (52 from 21 balls) helped the Aussies get off to an explosive start.
But after that, spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (1/22) and Axar Patel (3/33) helped Men in Blue make a comeback.
Then a 68-point tie between Tim David (54) and Daniel Sams (28*) helped the visitors to 186/7 in their 20 overs. Axar was the star of India with the ball and continued his good run in the series. Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel also got one wicket each.
In the pursuit of 187, Team India quickly lost openers KL Rahul (1) and skipper Rohit Sharma (17), giving them a hard time at 2/30. Then Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav made a quickfire 104 runs in 62 balls, with Yadav crushing Aussies all over the park and Virat anchoring the innings after scoring some quick runs in his first 20 balls.
Yadav’s 69 out of 36 sacking to Josh Hazlewood broke the tie. After that, Virat put forth his half-century and looked to end the game, but was caught by skipper Aaron Finch on a Sams delivery for a well-made 63 out of 48. Hardik Pandya (25* out of 16 balls) finished the game for India with a four, with one ball left. Team India finished their innings at 187/4 and won the match by six wickets.
Sams (2/33) pitched well for Aussies. Hazlewood and Pat Cummins also took a wicket each.
Suryakumar Yadav was named ‘Man of the Match’ for his fiftieth birthday.
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