Suryakumar Yadav’s impressive hundred in the third and final T20I match in Rajkot helped lead India to a 2-1 series win against Sri Lanka. After choosing to bat first, India scored 228/5, largely thanks to Suryakumar’s 45-ball ton that proved too much for the visiting team to handle.
Sri Lanka were unable to achieve their goal of a maiden series win in India, as they were all out for 137 in just 17 overs. Suryakumar’s innings was a standout performance, featuring a range of shots including paddles, scoops, and pull shots, without any edges. The ton also made Suryakumar the holder of the second-fastest T20I hundred by an Indian batter.
India got off to a solid start with a 53/2 score in the PowerPlay but then lost Ishan Kishan early on to a delivery from Dilshan Madushanka. Rahul Tripathi contributed 35 off 16 at number three to help keep the momentum going.
Suryakumar and Shubman Gill then formed a strong partnership, with Suryakumar scoring 112* off 51 and Gill contributing 46 off 36. Axar Patel, fresh off his first T20I half-century, added to the total with 21* off 9.
Despite a quick 44-run opening stand, Sri Lanka struggled to maintain a high run rate and fell behind after Axar took the first wicket in the fifth over. The team was unable to form any significant partnerships and left Dasun Shanaka with too much work to do in the latter part of the match. Once Shanaka was out in the 17th over, Sri Lanka’s chances of victory were effectively over.