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Watch: Suryakumar Yadav carves gloriously over off-side to bring up blistering second T20I hundred

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Watch: Playing against New Zealand at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, Suryakumar Yadav slammed an unbeaten 54-ball 111, his second hundred in T20 Internationals, to help India reach 191-6.

New Zealand opted to bowl after the first T20I of the three-match series was washed out. India got off to a cautious start, reaching only 42-1 after the powerplay overs. While seven Indian batters managed 69 in 69 balls between them, Suryakumar blazed away to a hundred, taking 32 balls for his first fifty and only 17 for the second. In all, he hit 11 fours and seven sixes.

He took his time, hitting just one four off the first 11 balls he faced. Then he swept Mitchell Santner for six before hitting two fours. When Kane Williamson recalled Lockie Ferguson, Suryakumar smashed a four past mid-off, then turned the next ball over fine-leg for six. He reached his fifty in the 16th over with a push to wide long-on.

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In the same over, he lofted Santner for six, and hit Tim Southee for six and four off the first two balls of the next over, bowled by Tim Southee. In the 18th over, he hit Adam Milne for two sixes, with a thump over Milne’s head and a flick over deep fine leg. He followed that with four, dot, four, four (to reach his hundred), four, six against Ferguson, in the 19th over. The last stroke, off the face of the bat over deep third, was a particularly brilliant shot.

One would have expected his partners to return him the strike in the last over, bowled by Southee. But Hardik Pandya ran two twos, following which Southee completed a hat-trick. All India managed was five runs.

This is now the joint fifth-highest score by an Indian in the format, after Virat Kohli’s 122 not out, Rohit Sharma’s 118, and Suryakumar’s own 117. Rohit also had an unbeaten 111. This is also the fourth hundred in this venue (Glenn Phillips has 108, and Colin Munro 104 and 101), and the eighth on New Zealand soil.

Suryakumar now has 1,151 T20I runs in 2022 (at a strike rate of 188), the second-most for anyone in a calendar year, after Mohammad Rizwan’s 1,326 at 135 in 2021. Rizwan is also four short of the 1,000-run mark in 2022.

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