IND vs NZ: Suryakumar Yadav smashes outrageous stroke to notch up majestic century

Suryakumar Yadav scored a sensational 51-ball 111 against New Zealand.

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Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ankit Mishra

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Team India earned a massive win against hosts New Zealand in the second T20I match of the three-match series at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. Suryakumar Yadav took the New Zealand bowlers by storm as he constructed a majestic century off just 51 balls.

The visitors were put to bat first by the Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson. While the Men in Blue lost wickets at regular intervals, the massive innings from Suryakumar propelled India to score a mammoth 191 runs in their stipulated 20 overs.

Suryakumar took his own time at the crease as he managed to score only a boundary off the first 11 balls. However, the swashbuckling right-hander targeted Mitchell Santner for a maximum before hitting two fours. Adding to this, Suryakumar smashed Lockie Ferguson for a boundary past mid-off and then turned the next ball over fine-leg for six.

The right-hander made Tim Southee and Adam Milne too his soft target and left no stone unturned in smashing them for a few out of the park. In the 19th over, Ferguson was yet again battered for 22 runs as he dispatched the final ball off the face of the bat over deep third for a maximum. Suryakumar’s second T20I century meant that the innings was the joint fifth-highest score by an Indian in the format.

Meanwhile, after the first T20I was washed out in Wellington, all eyes were set on the second T20I as it proved to be a crucial point in the series. Following the 192-run target set by the Men in Blue, the Kiwis began their run chase poorely as they lost Fin Allen early.

That was followed by a 56-run stand between Devon Conway and skipper Kane Williamson, however, the Indian bowling unit then took control of the game and scalped wickets in quick time as New Zealand were all out for just 126 in 18.5 overs and India won by a massive 65 runs.