Suryakumar Yadav’s century not enough to lift India to series sweep

The Indian cricket team has had a good T20 series against England. They won the first two games before the English squad clicked in the third game of the series, scoring 215 in their 20 overs. The Indian response did not start well but was held together by a wonderful innings by Suryakumar Yadav.

The Indian middle-order batsman was incredible scoring 117 off 55 balls. This is the second-highest score by an Indian batsman in T20 history. He hit 14 boundaries and cleared the rope six times. He went from 50 to 100 in just 16 deliveries. It was an innings of smart power-hitting which ended when he holed out in the deep in the second last over.

India’s hopes of winning ended with his dismissal such was the way that he played. The mainstays of the England innings were Dawid Malan who compiled a well-made 77 off 39 deliveries and Liam Livingstone who made 43 off 29 deliveries. Harry Brook and Chris Jordan both had important cameos at the end of the innings.

Did India’s run chase answer the Virat Kohli question?

A score of 215 is always going to be tough to chase but Trent Bridge has some really small boundaries.  The chase did not start out well though with India losing three wickets for only 31 runs.

Virat Kohli, potentially playing for his career, came out looking to show that he could play with the required pace needed to stay in the team. He played two glorious shots, including a six, over long-on, which was the shot of the game. However, India needed more from their star as 11 from six deliveries was not going to get them to 216.

Now that Kohli has failed again with the bat, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will need to decide what to do with the former captain. They have five games coming up against the West Indies prior to the World Cup in October.