India vs South Africa: Suryakumar Yadav scored 68 off India’s 133 runs against South Africa at Perth. The batter stood tall as the rest of the players against SA speed guns.
Suryakumar Yadav has scored a rapid half century vs South Africa. (Courtesy: AP)
By India Today Web Desk: India’s Suryakumar Yadav played an innings for the ages against South Africa in the T20 World Cup at the Optus Stadium in Perth. The Indian side were once again rattled by pace in a key match at an ICC tournament, getting reduced to 50/5 inside the first 9 overs. The team got off to a terrible start in the opening overs with KL Rahul conceding a maiden in the opening over of the game. This built pressure on the batting unit from the word go, and India ended up losing wicket after wicket in the first few overs of the game.
All among Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Deepak Hooda went back early into the dugout as India were left tattering in the middle. Suryakumar walked into the middle, inside the powerplay, and once again showed tremendous class to steer the ship away from trouble. With wickets falling on the other side, Surya needed to up the ante as his innings progressed and did exactly the same, hitting 6 fours and 3 sixes.
Yadav’s innings was one of reducing the risk as he worked the angles in the field and kept threading the needle in between the fielders. Yadav brought out his full range of shots, staring from his lofted glance, square cut and even hit a tennis shot over the head of the bowler at one point of time.
Yadav has been terrific in the World Cup so far. scoring a rapid half century against Netherlands. He looked good during the top order failure against Pakistan as well, but was taken aback by a Haris Rauf delivery that bounced a lot from good length spot.
Yadav’s innings took India to a total of 133 for the loss of 9 wickets in their registered 20 overs. While Yadav scored 68, the second best batter in the Indian innings was Rohit Sharma with 15 runs.
In return, India have started off well with their pace bowling attack and have been able to keep the South Africa top order quiet.
Oct 30, 2022