Twitter Reactions: Suryakumar Yadav's masterclass helps India gain 2-1 lead

Twitter Reactions: Suryakumar Yadav’s masterclass helps India gain 2-1 lead

Suryakumar's shimmering knock of 76 (44) included eight fours and four big sixes.

Suryakumar Yadav in the third T20I against West Indies
Suryakumar Yadav in the third T20I against West Indies. (Photo Source: Twitter)

West Indies and India locked horns in the third T20I of the five-match series at Warner Park in St. Kitts, where the hosts had won a match a day before. West Indies had dominated India in the second T20I to level the series 1-1 as the two teams looked to take a lead in the third match. Eventually, the visitors overpowered the hosts to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

West Indies got off to a good start after being put in to bat first, as opening batters Kyle Mayers and Brandon King shared a 57-run partnership to start the proceedings. It was Hardik Pandya who got the better of King (20 off 20), but Mayers was unstoppable, and the Indian bowlers did not have any strategy to tackle his strong batting.

Mayers kept losing batting partners, but maintained his composure and kept piling up runs to keep the scoreboard ticking. It was the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar who dished out the skipper Nicholas Pooran (22 off 23) and followed the celebrations with the wicket of Mayers. The power-hitter was able to amass 73 runs off 50 deliveries before walking off.

Rovman Powell (23 off 14) and Shimron Hetmyer (20 off 12) had cameo roles to play and they managed to add some crucial runs in the death overs as West Indies finished the innings scoring 164 runs at the loss of five wickets. Powell was dismissed off Arshdeep Singh’s delivery as the youngster picked his only wicket of the day.

Suryakumar Yadav emerges as a leading contender for opening slot

India’s chase started off on a high note, as skipper Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav were on a roll from the very first over. 19 runs came off the first two overs as the duo aimed majorly for the boundaries, but India faced a setback when the skipper walked off the field retiring hurt. Sharma (11 off 5) showcased his class with his signature pull-shot off Alzarri Joseph’s delivery but then left the field due to a back spasm. As a result, he had to return back to the pavilion midway and Shreyas Iyer replaced him.

Suryakumar shut his critics with a brilliant performance, taking India to a dominant position. He had been receiving backlash from some quarters for poor performance while batting in the opening slot but played a match-winning knock in this game. With a six off Akeal Hosein’s delivery in the ninth over, Suryakumar brought up his fifth T20I half-century off just 26 deliveries.

Iyer (24 off 27) joined him in the middle but lost his wicket after being stumped by Devon Thomas. Rishabh Pant was in an attacking mode from the start as well, but Suryakumar (76 off 44) had to walk back as Dominic Drakes scalped him and that is when India seemed to have lost the momentum. With ample wickets in hand, India could have gone for the big shots but Pant and Deepak Hooda took the game forward calmly as the Men in Blue won the game by seven wickets.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to India’s triumph: