Suryakumar Yadav in action for the Indian cricket team© AFP
Suryakumar Yadav played an explosive knock with six consecutive sixes off the bowling of Cameron Green during the second ODI clash between India and Australia on Sunday. Suryakumar looked brilliant and in the 43rd over he decided to attack the bowling of his Mumbai Indians teammate. The first ball sailed over the deep back square leg boundary courtesy of a trademark SKY shot and he followed this with a similar effort that saw the ball sent over the fine leg boundary. Green was quick to course-correct, but his outside off-stump line resulted in Suryakumar smashing the ball over deep extra cover for another six. Green looked lost and he went for a full delivery but the result was the same as he flew over the deep mid-wicket fielder for the fourth six of the over.
Shubman Gill showed his insatiable appetite for runs with his fifth hundred of the year, while Shreyas Iyer hit a ton under pressure to set up a 99-run winning streak for India.
Gill (104 off 97 balls) and Iyer (105 off 90 balls) shared a 200-run packed stand off 164 balls before Suryakumar Yadav (72 not out off 37 balls) unleashed carnage to fire India to 399 for five, the hosts’ highest total against Australia in ODIs.
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Skipper KL Rahul scored 52 off 38 balls.
Rain stopped play for the second time in the match when Australia were 56 for two in nine overs. With the revised target of 317 in 33 overs, they fell further behind in the match, finishing with 217 all out in 28.2 overs.
David Warner (53 off 39), batting right-handed against R Ashwin (3/41), and Sean Abbott (54 off 36), had a good hit in the middle.
The series win without their five key players in the squad was a big boost for India ahead of the World Cup at home.
The final match, which is expected to feature an all-strength Indian team, will take place in Rajkot on Wednesday.
(With PTI inputs)
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