Suryakumar Yadav produced a brilliant performance as India defeated Zimbabwe by 71 runs, therefore reserving asemi-final date against England on Thursday.
Team India finished at the top of the table in the Group 2 of the T20 World Cup with a satisfying 71- run win over Zimbabwe in their final match of the Super 12. The side, that had formerly qualified for thesemi-finals before in the day after Netherlands’ stunning win over South Africa, will take on England for a place in the final of the marquee event. Suryakumar Yadav stole the show for India in the match against Zimbabwe in Melbourne, as he smashed six fours and four sixes for his unbeaten 61 off just 25 deliveries.
Opting to club, India had a nervy launch after Rohit Sharma( 15) and Virat Kohli( 26) were dismissed beforehand in the innings, but KL Rahul continued on his emotional touch with another half- century under his belt, scoring an important 51 out 35 deliveries to help stabilize the Indian innings alongside Suryakumar.
The responsibilty was now on Suryakumar Yadav who was new to the crease along with Hardik Pandya, to provide India with a good finish. The duo displayed some exceptional big hitting with Suryakumar Yadav leading the charge. The right-hander smashed the bowlers to all corners of the ground and raced to a magnificent fifty off just 23 balls. India eventually got to 186/5 in 20 overs.
India had made one change to their XI with Rishabh Pant replacing Dinesh Karthik, but the former’s innings was cut short thanks to an inconceivable diving catch on the boundary line by Ryan Burl. Following Pant’s redundancy
on 3, Suryakumar forged a 65- run stage with Hardik Pandya( 18) and did a maturity of power- hitting, before ending the innings on a high with 21 runs in the final over.
Zimbabwe had the worst-possible launch to their run- chase as Bhuvneshwar Kumar transferred Wesley Madhevere packing for a first- ball duck. Lattices continued to fall for the Zimbabweans as they were left reeling at36/5 in7.3 overs before Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl( 35) handed some stability to the innings. Just as Zimbabwe were starting to look dangerous, Ravichandran Ashwin handed India with an important advance, castling Burl.
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India ultimately wrapped the Zimbabwean innings on 115, registering their fourth win of the group and beating it with 8 points to their name. India’s match against England will take place on Thursday in Adelaide.
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