The third and final match of the 20-over series between India and Sri Lanka is taking place in Rajkot, Gujarat, with the series tied at 1-1. India won the toss and chose to bat, with Ishan Kishan and Shubhman Gill opening the innings.
Ishan Kishan was dismissed after scoring only 1 run in the first over, but Rahul Tripathi made up for it with his aggressive play, scoring 35 runs in just 16 balls before being out. Suryakumar Yadav then took the field and continued the assault, hitting sixes all around the ground and reaching a half-century off 21 balls.
On this day, Tripathi returned to the field with determination after being dismissed earlier. He played aggressively, showcasing a wide range of shots that left the audience in awe. He seemed to have an array of shots at his disposal and used them effectively, hitting the ball to all parts of the field and putting the pressure on the Sri Lankan bowlers, who were constantly chasing the ball to the boundary.
Shubhman Gill played more cautiously, scoring 46 runs in 36 balls before being bowled by Hasaranga. Captain Hardik Pandya and Deepak Hooda were both out shortly after arriving at the crease.
However, Suryakumar Yadav continued to play aggressively, scoring his third century in International T20 cricket with a total of 112 runs for the Indian team. The Indian team scored 228 runs for the loss of 5 wickets at the end of 20 overs, setting a target of 229 runs for Sri Lanka to win the series.
Avishka Fernando replaced Panuka Rajapaksa in the Sri Lankan team for this match. It remains to be seen whether they will be able to chase down this impressive total set by India and take the series victory.
Suryakumar Yadav struggled to find his rhythm in the first two matches of the T20 series against Sri Lanka, despite scoring a half century in Pune. However, in the third match in Rajkot on Saturday, he showed no signs of struggle. Yadav crushed the Sri Lankan bowlers and scored a century off just 45 balls, demonstrating why he is currently the number one batsman in the world in T20. This was his third century in T20 cricket, with Rohit Sharma currently holding the record for the most half centuries with 4.
Yadav had no regrets in this match, as he played aggressively and led the Indian team to a strong total of 228 runs for the loss of 5 wickets at the end of 20 overs. He scored 112 runs for the team, making a Himalayan target of 229 runs for Sri Lanka to chase and win the series. It remains to be seen whether the Sri Lankan team will be able to overcome this challenge and come out victorious in the series.