New Zealand capitulates to India’s superstar Suryakumar in the second T20



Mount Manganui: Batting dynamo Suriyakumar Yadav says his ‘special’ century against New Zealand was based on fun and hard work as he took India to a run of 65 in Sunday’s second Twenty20 International.

Suryakumar hit a powerful 111 not out from just 51 balls as the tourists scored 191-6 at Mount Maunganui Bay Oval.

New Zealand were all out for 126 for the nineteenth over, giving India a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after losing their opener in Wellington on Friday.

To win the final game in Napier on Tuesday, the Black Caps will need to find an answer for Suriyakumar, who has explained why he is ranked as the best T20 player in the world.

The 32-year-old hit 11 fours and cleared seven ropes as he collected his second century in the form, having scored 117 against England in Nottingham four months earlier.

He had already become the first Indian to score a T20 1,000 in a calendar year before Sunday’s strike and had passed 50 in seven of his last 11 innings.

“Of course in T20 cricket, 100 is always special,” Suryakumar told Spark Sport.

“I obviously enjoy hitting that way. I do the same things in the net, in all training sessions.”

The slot provided Ishan Kishan’s second highest Indian score with a score of 36 out of 31.

Suryakumar ensured an accelerated run rate as the innings progressed and raised three figures while taking 22 runs off the penultimate innings on a ball thrown by Lockie Ferguson.

“It was really important for me to strike till the end, that’s what Hardik (Pandya) was telling me from the other end,” said Suryakumar, whose career strike rate had risen to an exceptional 181.64.

“We really wanted to maximize the last four overs and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.”

The final provided the hosts’ finest moment, when seamer Tim Southee hit his career hat-trick, dismissing captain Pandya before displacing Deepak Hooda and Washington Sundar for the golden ducks.

New Zealand’s run chase struggled from Finn Allen’s opening moment in the second delivery.

Captain Kane Williamson top-scored with 61 from 52, but his struggle for timing was reversed by his teammates against a versatile and disciplined Indian attack. Spinner Hooda took 4-10 from 2.5 overs, claiming the last three scalps in the space of four balls.


New Zealand won the toss

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36- Qahtani

Pant J Southie B Ferguson 6

Yadav does not come out 111

Iyer hit the wicket with Ferguson 13

Pandya (c) Nisham B Southhi 13

Hoda J Ferguson B Southey 0

Sundar J Nisam B Southee 0

Kumar not out 1

Extras: (2 lbs., 9 w.) 11

Total: 20 Ov (RR: 9.55) 191/6

Falling wickets: 1-36, 2-69, 3-108, 4-190, 5-190, 6-190

Bowling: Tim Southey 4-0-34-3, Adam Milne 4-0-35-0, Lucky Ferguson 4-0-49-2, James Neesham 1-0-9-0, Esh Soddy 4-0-35 1 Mitchell Santner 3-0-27-0

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Allen C Arshdeep B Kumar 0

Conway † C Arshdeep B Washington 25

Williamson (c) b mohammed 61

Phillips B Chahal 12

Mitchell C Air B Hood 10

Nisham J Ishan Kishan B Chahal 0

Santner C&B Siraj 2

Milne C Archdeep B Hooda 6

Sodi Pant Street B Hooda 1

Southee c†Pant b Hooda 0

Ferguson did not make 1 out

Extras: (1 lb., 7 w.) 8

Overall: 18.5 Ov (RR: 6.69) 126

Falling wickets: 1-0, 2-56, 3-69, 4-88, 5-89, 6-99, 7-124, 8-125, 9-125, 10-126

Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-0-12-1, Arshdeep Singh 3-0-29-0, Muhammad Siraj 4-1-24-2, Washington Sundar 2-0-24-1, Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-26 2, Deepak Hooda 2.5-0-10-4

Player of the match: Suryakumar Yadav

Match result: India won by 65 runs

Referees: Chris Gavani, Wayne Knights


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