Suryakumar guide India to level series 2-2
India defeated England by 8 runs to level the series 2-2 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
India posted 185/8 from their allotted quota of 20 overs after England won the toss and invited the home side to bat first. Suryakumar Yadav was the top scorer for India as he scored 57 runs from 31 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes. Shreyas Iyer played well for his 18 ball 37 which included 5 fours and a six. Rishabh Pant scored 30 runs for India. Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers for England as he finished with the figures of 4-33.
Chasing a target of 186 runs to win, England were restricted to 177/8 form 20 overs as the visiting side fell short of the target by 8 runs. England lost opener Jos Buttler early for just 9 runs. Other opener Jason Roy scored 40 runs with 6 fours and a six. Ben Stokes tried his best with his 23 ball 46 with 4 fours and 3 sixes. Shardul Thakur picked up 3 wickets for India while Hardik Pandya and Rahul Chahar chipped in with 2 wickets each.
Suryakumar Yadav’s controversial dismissal
Controversy erupted during the match when Suryakumar Yadav was judged out by third umpire. The incident happened when Suryakumar tried to hit Sam Curran over the fine-leg boundary and Dawin Malan took the catch. The onfield umpire Anantha Padmanabhan gave the soft signal as out and was referred to third umpire. Despite the slow motion suggesting that the ball had touched the ground, third umpire gave Suryakumar citing that the replays were inconclusive and went with the on-field decision.
Match Summary :
India 185 for 8 (Suryakumar 57, Iyer 37, Archer 4-33)
England 177 for 8 (Stokes 46, Roy 40, Thakur 3-42, Pandya 2-16)
by 8 runs