Suryakumar hits century as India level T20I series in South Africa

AFP, Johannesburg :
Suryakumar Yadav hit a dazzling century as India levelled their series against South Africa with a crushing 106-run win in the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Wanderers Stadium on Thursday.

Suryakumar made 100 in a total of 201 for seven after India were sent in to bat.

South Africa crashed to 95 all out with left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav taking a career-best five for 17 on his 29th birthday.

“We wanted to play a fearless brand of cricket.

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That was one box we wanted to tick – to put runs on the board and then defend it,” said Suryakumar at the post-match presentation when he was named player of the match and player of the series.

The Indian captain thrashed eight sixes and seven fours in making his fourth T20 international century off 55 balls.

He was caught at deep square leg off the next ball as India lost three wickets, including a run-out, in the final over, bowled by Lizaad Williams.

Suryakumar was off the field for most of the South African innings after twisting his left ankle while fielding in the third over.