India’s flamboyant batter Suryakumar Yadav continued his sublime form in the shortest format of the game as he smashed an incredible half-century score in India’s 13-run win at WACA against Western Australia in their first warm-up game for the T20 World Cup. Suryakumar laced three boundaries and as many sixes during his knock of 52 off 35 balls to help India amass 158 for six.
In the second innings, the new-ball heroics of Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped the visitors wrap restrict Western Australia to 145 for eight. One of those three sixes that Suryakumar hit was huge. It was a length ball and the India batter whipped it over square leg for a massive six.
Suryakumar’s knock helped India survive the early blow as the visitors had lost opener Rohit Sharma and No.3 batter Deepak Hooda inside the powerplay while Rishabh Pant, who opened on Monday, was dismissed by Andrew Tye in the over after the powerplay. India was reduced to 45 for three in the seventh over when Hardik Pandya combined with Suryakumar to stitch a 49-run stand.
MASSIVE SIX by Surya Kumar Yadav!
— Sakun (@Sakun_SD) October 10, 2022
Bhuvneshwar and Arshdeep then picked five wickets between themselves as India managed to restrict Western Australia to 145 for eight. Harshal Patel picked another wicket while Yuzvendra Chahal picked the remaining two.
India reached Australia with a 14-member squad for the T20 World Cup. They are yet to announce the replacement for injured Japsrit Bumrah. Rohit had earlier mentioned that a call on the replacement player will be taken after reaching Australia.
India will face Western Australia in another warm-up game before taking on hosts and defending T20 world champions Australia and 2021 T20 World Cup runner-up New Zealand. Team India will eventually begin their World Cup campaign on October 23 in Melbourne against Pakistan.