Suryakumar Yadav goes past Virat Kohli to set a huge record in T20 internationals
India thrashed New Zealand on Sunday in the second T20I game at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. India won the game by 65 runs to take an unassailable 1-0 lead with one match left to play on Tuesday at McLean Park, Napier.
For India, the hero of the match was India's Mr. 360, Suryakumar Yadav, who scored his second T20I century to break a few records. He started a bit slowly and scored his half-century off 32 balls, but then he picked up the pace, and it took him just 17 balls to complete his second fifty.
SKY scored his century off just 49 balls and was not out on 111* off 51 balls, 11 boundaries, and 7 maximums to help India reach a score of 191/6 in their 20 overs.
In reply, the Black Caps got all out for 126 runs in 18.5 overs, with only skipper Kane Williamson making a significant contribution of 61 off 52 balls. Deepak Hooda picked up 4/10, while Yuzi Chahal and Mohammed Siraj took two wickets each.
As a result, SKY was adjudged the "Man of the Match" for his brilliant century. He also went past former Indian skipper Virat Kohli to create a unique record in T20 internationals. This was the 7th time in T20Is this year that Suryakumar has won the "Man of the Match" award.
With this he surpassed Virat Kohli, who won 6 MOTM awards in T20Is in 2016. Overall, apart from SKY, only Zimbabwe's veteran all-rounder Sikander Raza has a total of 7 MOTM awards in a calendar year.
Thus, it will be a great opportunity for India's Mr. 360 to create a unique record in the third and final game on Tuesday and register his name in the record books. On the other hand, SKY has also become the first Indian batter to score a T20I century in New Zealand.