On Saturday in Rajkot, India won by a score of 91 runs over Sri Lanka to win the three-match T20 series 2-1 thanks in large part to sensational Suryakumar Yadav's brilliant century of 112 not out off 51 balls.
The target was too much for the visitors, who were bowled out for 137 in 16.4 overs. After choosing to bat first in the series finale, Hardik Pandya captained India, which posted a massive 228 for 5 riding on Suryakumar's batting masterclass.
With 44 runs added without loss in just five overs, Sri Lanka got off to a strong start. However, their early run chase was derailed by three wickets in three overs, which reduced to 51 for 3 in 6.1 overs from 44 for 0 in 4.4 overs. Following that, they kept dropping wickets at regular intervals until they were run out in just 17 overs.
Arshdeep Singh claimed three wickets for India against Sri Lanka, while Hardik, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Umran Malik each claimed two. In the list of wicket-takers, Axar Patel also listed his name.
In order to score his third century in the format, Suryakumar toyed with the Sri Lankan bowlers throughout, hitting fours and maximums at will and in his signature style all over the ground.
While the first two games were evenly matched, India won the final game by dominating with the ball and the bat, which is sure to give the young player more confidence.
Earlier, Surya needed just 19 deliveries to get to 100 runs after reaching his fifty in 26 balls. He hit a six and a four off Chamika Karunaratne in the final over to finish the inning in fine form.
Shubman Gill was cautious as he opened his account after playing nine dots with six, followed by a four off Dilshan Madushanka in the third over. Shubman Gill had failed to surpass single digit scores in the previous two matches.
In the powerplay, India scored 53 runs for the loss of just two wickets, and Surya was at the peak of his game while Gill continued to score slowly.
In the format, the top batter in the world resembled a creature from another planet. By advancing the ball to the boundary, he completed his half century.