Washington Sundar showed the world what he’s capable of when he hit 37 strokes off 16 balls for an assist India Post more than 300 totals on the board. Batting first, India were sluggish all along and were expecting Suryakumar Yadav to free. But with his disappointment off the bat, Sundar made up for it, playing enough innings that saw him play one of his most outrageous takes.
It all happened in the penultimate round of the match bowled by Matt Henry. Sundar went outside the line of off stump and took the low full draw straight over short thin leg which raced wide of the boundary. His cameo had some impressive hits which gave India the boost it deserved.
Besides his batting, he is expected to bowl the bowling alley alongside Yuzvendra Chahal.
Watch Sundar’s outrageous shot here:
Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer has found form after half a century of lapses.
Along with Iyer’s 76-ball 80, Shikhar Dhawan (72 off 77 balls) and Shubman Gill (50 off 65) hit fluent fifties after the tourists were sent out to bat.
Sundar smashed three fours, six and fours to support India at the death, while Iyer hit four maximums and four boundaries, having come into the game after his duck in the international T20 final two days earlier.
New Zealand decided to field first after winning the toss, and while Kane Williamson’s bowlers prevented the Indians from going down to the flyer, captains Dhawan and Gill opened after being watchful.
Having hit 40 in his first 10 overs after Gill was dropped by Lucky Ferguson off Matt Henry’s bowling, the Indian openers looked to improve their run rate and looked for boundaries.
Their endeavor paid off as India passed 100 in 21 overs with both Dhawan and Gill clearing the ropes on a regular basis.
Dhawan clipped Henry behind a deep point and clipped him out of the pads in the 15th minute to get a straight forty.
Then the India captain got two more bounds, off Adam Milne, including a clever uppercut to bring up India’s hundreds.
Having already hit two sixes on a long man and third, where he used an excellent downhill shot, Gill got his third maximum when his left arm spinner smashed Mitchell Santner down to the ground and into the screen.