MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Suryakumar Yadav smashed a 23-ball half-century as India topped Group 2 with a dominant 71-run win over Zimbabwe in the T20 World Cup on Sunday.
Yadav scored 61 not out off just 25 balls as India finished with 186-5 in 20 overs. In reply, Zimbabwe was bowled out for 115 in 17.2 overs, with Ravichandran Ashwin returning figures of 3-22.
Hardik Pandya (2-16) and Mohammed Shami (2-14) shared four wickets.
With the super 12 stage completed, India finished as Group 2 winners to set up a semifinal clash with England in Adelaide on Thursday.
Earlier on Sunday, South Africa crashed out of the tournament following a stunning loss to the Netherlands in Adelaide, allowing Pakistan to slip into the semifinals. Pakistan beat Bangladesh by five wickets, also at the Adelaide Oval.
New Zealand will take on Pakistan in the first semifinal at Sydney on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, with India’s latest win, Rohit Sharma became the most successful captain in a calendar year. The 35-year-old has led the Men in Blue to 21 wins in T20Is, one more than Babar Azam.
Most men’s T20I wins by a captain in a calendar year:
21* – Rohit Sharma in 2022
20 – Babar Azam in 2021
17 – Sarfaraz Ahmed in 2018
15 – MS Dhoni in 2016