Suryakumar Yadav 45-ball century leads India to T20 series win

Suryakumar Yadav’s magnificent century off 45 balls helped India defeat Sri Lanka by 91 runs in the third Twenty20 international to win the series 2-1.

Suryakumar scored an undefeated 112 from 51 balls for the hosts in Rajkot, including nine sixes.

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It is his third T20 international ton, and after Rohit Sharma’s 35-ball century against Sri Lanka in 2017, it is the second-fastest T20 international ton by an Indian batsman.

In response, the visitors were dismissed for 137 runs off just 16.4 overs.

After an exciting two-run victory for India in the opening game and a 16-run victory for Sri Lanka in the second, the hosts dominated the championship match.

Suryakumar entered the crease with India 52-2 in the sixth over, and he and Shubman Gill, who had struck 46 off 36 balls, added 111 runs for the third wicket.

Suryakumar, who only played in his first T20 match in March 2021, currently holds three of India’s five fastest hundreds in men’s T20 internationals, with his other two coming off 48 and 49 balls.

With four tons in T20 international matches, only India’s skipper Rohit, who missed this series due to a thumb injury, has more. Three have also been made by Australian Glenn Maxwell, New Zealander Colin Munro, and Czech Republic’s Sabawoon Davizi.

Rahul Tripathi scored 35 off 16 after India won the toss, and Axar Patel later added 21 not out off 9.

After losing their final six wickets for 41 runs, Sri Lanka’s reply fell short as left-armer Arshdeep Singh of India grabbed 3-20.

Three one-day international matches between the two teams will now take place, beginning on Tuesday in Guwahati.

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