RAJKOT, India (AP) — Suryakumar Yadav became the first non-opening batsman to score three T20 hundreds. The others were against England and New Zealand last year.
“I put pressure on myself during practice to perform in the games,” Yadav said. “I tried targeting the shorter boundaries. The coach (Rahul Dravid) lets me enjoy myself, and tells me to express myself.”
Axar Patel smacked 21 not out off nine balls to seal the rampage.
Sri Lanka’s reply made a speedy start as Kusal Mendis (23) and Pathum Nissanka (15) adding 44 off 29 balls.
Patel got the breakthrough and dismissed Mendis.
Thereafter, Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals and didn’t appear to be in the chase at all.
Captain Dasun Shanaka scored 23 off 17, including two sixes, and Dhananjaya de Silva made 22 off 14 balls. Six batsmen failed to hit double digits.
Arshdeep Singh overcame his no-ball issues from the previous game and produced 3-20 from 16 balls.
Also, Umran Malik and Yuzvendra Chahal took two wickets apiece.
The teams begin a three-match one-day international series on Tuesday in Guwahati.