Suryakumar reaffirmed his status as the world’s number one T20 batsman with another superb effort as India crushed Zimbabwe by 71 runs to set a T20 World Cup Semifinal date with England.
“The bench can really feel comfortable when he hits, and he’s shown a lot of composure when he hits. We expected this from him, and it’s gone from strength to strength,” Rohit said at the postgame introduction ceremony.
Suryakumar shot an unbeaten 61 from 25 balls after Raul KL set it up with a quick fifty.
In response to India’s 186 for five, Zimbabwe were eliminated by 115 in 17.2 overs.
“What SKY is doing for the team is remarkable, just going out there, playing that way, taking the pressure off others. We know his ability and he allows the guy on the other end to take his time,” Rohit added.
Zimbabwe’s batting depth was never enough to challenge the Indian bowlers with Ravichandran Ashwin (3/22) enjoying a good day at the office. In fact, every other Indian bowler was among the wickets in one of the most lopsided games of this world event.
“Very good performance in all aspects, something we were looking for. We had qualified, but we wanted to go out and play as we wanted, and we did it.”
Rohit said that going into the semi-finals at the Adelaide Oval, the key will be adapting quickly to the conditions.
“The key for us will be to adapt quickly to the conditions. We’ve played one game there, but we need to adapt quickly. England are a good team and it’s going to be a great game.”
“We should be proud of qualifying, first of all, and if we play well in that semi-final, we have another great match as well. It’s about understanding the lines and lengths (the boundaries of the squares are shorter) and executing well.”
“The fans have been brilliant all this time, almost everywhere we’ve gone we’ve had a packed house, and we expect the same in the semi-finals as well. On behalf of the team, I’d really like to thank them.” ”
While the cricket world might be in awe of his game, man of the match Suryakumar said he’s not trying anything different, just looking to execute what he does in match training.
“I think the plan was very clear when Hardik and I were hitting. He said let’s take the positive route and see where we end up. We started hitting the ball well and never stopped until the 20th. The atmosphere on the team is great.” nice, and the preparation for the knockouts has been very good.
T20 WC: ‘SKY’ stars as India beat Zimbabwe to set up England semi-final
“My plan is always clear. I’m not trying anything different. I hit the same way at the nets, too.”
When asked about his performance this year, Suryakumar said: “It feels great, but going out there and starting from scratch is what I always think about when I go out to bat, and I will continue to do so. It’s good to see people come out and support us like this.” even after we’ve qualified.”
Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine said his team deviated from the positive approach that worked well for the team in the first half of the tournament, when they also shocked Pakistan.
“I think maybe we could have changed a couple of other plans. Suryakumar was brilliant at the end, he shut down Richey’s wide yorkers, which was our main plan. Maybe we could have changed our pace a little bit more there.”
“Before the tournament, we were looking to be positive at the top, but the last 2-3 games we were away from there,” Ervine said.
Zimbabwe conceded as many as 79 runs in the last five overs after taking some wickets.
“The ball was swinging, but to counter that we probably could have moved a little bit, been more proactive.
“We must not forget the work we did to get to the Super 12. We will look to build on that. Our reception was not so good in the last few games, but I know the boys worked very hard on it”, said the Zimbabwe captain.
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