While the decision was questioned by many cricket experts, Suryakumar Yada continued to open the batting for Team India in the ongoing series against West Indies at the Lauderhill Cricket Stadium in Florida. The American city is hosting the final two games of the series in an effort to boost the popularity of the sport in the region.
After West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first, Rohit and Suryakumar gave India a quick-fire start. The duo put up a partnership of 53 in just 28 balls. Rohit was the one who led the way with a rapid knock of 33 in just 16 balls and was given able support from his Mumbai Indians (MI) teammate.
After a match-winning knock of 77 in the third T20I, the right-handed batter played an impressive cameo in which he made 24 runs in just 14 balls. The highlight of the knock was an incredible six which saw him play the MS Dhoni-inspired ‘helicopter shot’ over the in-form off Obed McCoy’s bowling.
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The stroke which stunned cricket fans all over the world was played in the third over of the innings. In fact, McCoy has been the biggest threat to Indian batters from the West Indies bowling attack. But he ended up conceding 25 runs in that over as India made a dream start to proceedings.
McCoy had taken a six-wicket haul in the second T20I of the series in St. Kitts as the hosts leveled the series. Despite McCoy’s brilliance which saw him register the best-ever figures by a West Indies bowler in the shortest format of the game, the game turned out to be a last-over thriller.
India had won the first game by a massive margin of 68 runs. The visitors sealed a comfortable seven-wicket win in the third game and a win tonight will ensure another series victory over the Nicolas Pooran-led side for the Men in Blue.