Mumbai Indians star batsman Suryakumar Yadav scored an unbeaten 79 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in a strong style and contributed significantly to the win. Record four-time champions Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore, captained by Virat Kohli, by 5 wickets in the 48th match of IPL-13 on Wednesday.
In the absence of injured Rohit at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Kieran Pollard won the toss and invited Bangalore to bat first. Bangalore scored 164 runs losing 6 wickets in 20 overs. Mumbai achieved this target by losing 5 wickets in 19.1 overs. With this win, table-topper Mumbai had 16 points and came close to securing a place in the playoffs.
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Seeing the innings of Suryakumar Yadav, the man of the match, Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also targeted the selectors. He wrote that it is expected that the selectors will have seen this match.
With this, he also dominated social media and started trending. Some people also commented on social media about their not being included in Team India for the tour of Australia.
Surya completed his third half-century of the season with just 29 balls. He hit a brilliant three fours in the 13th over of Pacer Dale Steyn’s innings. In the very next over, Chahal also hit a four and then completed a half-century with a four off the first ball of the 16th over of Siraj’s innings. In the same over, Surya hit three fours on Siraj too. He returned unbeaten after scoring 79 runs. Surya hit 10 fours and 3 sixes in his innings of 43 balls and he was the top scorer of the match.
Team India Head Coach Ravi Shastri also praised Surya after this brilliant innings.
Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra wrote that Suryakumar should have been included in the T20 squad for the tour of Australia. At the same time, Scott Styris also praised the Sun’s innings.
Many people tweeted about Surya’s innings on social media.