Last Update: February 01, 2023, 23:37 IST
3rd T20I between India And New Zealand was a game that will remain etched in the memories of cricket lovers for ages. Shubman Gill’s maiden T20 century, Rahul Tripathi narrowly missing out on a fifty but still drawing praise and then the Indian bowling attack rattled the Kiwi batting line-up. But amidst all these individual performances, one person who managed to attract attention was Suryakumar Yadav; Not with his batting but with his acrobatic fielding skills at first slip.
It was a brilliant fielding effort from Surya that allowed Pandya to pick up his first wicket and that too in the first over. Once again, the skipper found success in his new role – the opening batsman of the Indian bowling attack in the shortest format. On the fifth ball of the opening over, Pandya lofted a back of a length delivery. Allan got tempted and threw his bat at him but did not move his legs. The ball flew over the first slip at high speed.
There Suryakumar reached for the sky as he timed his jump to perfection and pulled it out of thin air.
BCCI shared the video on Instagram and the caption read, “#TeamIndia vice-captain surya_14kumar takes a stunner to get past Finn Allen.”
The captain and vice-captain teamed up once again when the captain came to bowl his second over. Pandya lofts a hard length ball outside off. The ball went off the deck while Glenn Phillips rocked back to ride on the bounce with a cut shot. Alas, all he could manage was a thick outside edge and Suryakumar Yadav completed another flying catch to send him back.
Riding on Gill’s brilliance, India scored 234 for 4 after electing to bat. New Zealand were never able to chase down a big target as the Indian bowlers held together to bowl out the visitors for just 66 runs in 12.1 overs, the third-lowest score by the Kiwis in this format.
Gill continued his fine form and displayed his shots, hitting the New Zealand bowlers to all parts of the ground Narendra Modi The stadium scored an unbeaten 126 runs in just 63 balls with the help of 12 fours and seven sixes.
Captain Hardik Pandya led the bowling department with figures of 4/16, while Umran Malik (2/9), Shivam Mavi (2/12) and Arshdeep Singh (2/16) picked up two wickets each.
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