With a victory by 91 runs in the third and final Twenty20 International match against Sri Lanka on Saturday in Rajkot, Team India claimed the three-match T20I series with a 2-1 lead.
After Suryakumar Yadav hit an unbeaten 112 and lead the hosts to a massive total of 228/5 in 20 overs, the team captained by Hardik Pandya easily dominated the game and took the victory.
In response, the Indian bowling unit as a whole rose to the challenge and eliminated the visitors for 137 runs.
In addition to Suryakumar, another player who astonished everyone was batter Rahul Tripathi, who was playing in only his second international match on Saturday. Suryakumar was the star of the show.
Tripathi scored only 5 runs in his first international game, which was the second Twenty20 International (T20I), but he made a sensational return in the third game with a quickfire score of 35 off of 16 balls.
After Ishan Kishan was run out in the first over, the next batter to step up to the plate was a 31-year-old man.
Since Tripathi’s arrival, the opposition batsmen Dilshan Madushanka and Maheesh Theekshana have both been bowled out for boundaries by him. Tripathi has made it apparent that he intends to attack. On the other hand, his sixes off Chamika Karunaratne’s deliveries caused the entire crowd to laugh out loud.
Tripathi completely destroyed Karunaratne’s bowling in the sixth over of the innings by hitting two consecutive sixes in a row. Both of the sixes proceeded in a horizontal direction toward the ground.
However, on the very next delivery, Karunaratne made amends for his previous error by dismissing Tripathi for the score of 35 thanks to a spectacular catch by Madushanka.
Coming into the game, Suryakumar demonstrated his unrivalled prowess once again in the shortest format with a brilliant hundred as India outplayed Sri Lanka in the third Twenty20 International to record a win in the series that would go down in history as one of the most impressive ever.
Suryakumar made a remarkable 112 not out off 51 balls for his third T20I century and powered India to an imposing total, which made the work simpler for his bowlers. This was Suryakumar’s third century in the format.
To score his third century in the format, he toyed with the Sri Lankan bowlers the entire game, hitting fours and maximums at whim and in the signature manner that he has been known for all over the field.
The Indian bowling attack thereafter took control, restricting Sri Lanka to 137 runs and winning the series by a score of 2-1.