At the MCG, India had won the toss and opted to bat first. Rohit Sharma’s poor run of form continued and he was out for 15.
Lokesh Rahul scored a second consecutive half-century as he and Virat Kohli (26) put on 60 off 48 balls for the second wicket.
Rahul scored 51 off 35 balls, including three fours and three sixes.
India then lost its way in the middle overs, losing three wickets for 14 runs. Rahul, Kohli and Rishabh Pant (3) were all dismissed in the space of 10 deliveries, as India reached 101-4 in 13.3 overs.
Yadav then took centre stage as he smacked India’s fourth quickest half-century in T20s. He hit six fours and four sixes to accelerate the scoring.
He put on 65 runs off 35 balls with Hardik Pandya (18) for the fifth wicket. India scored 59 runs in the last four overs.
Yadav was named player of the match for his scintillating knock of 61 off 25 balls.
“The plan was clear when Hardik and I were batting. We started hitting the ball and never stopped. I was really looking forward to the game. The fans have been brilliant,” he said.
SKY registered 5 major records.
Most T20I M.O.M Awards in a Year
7: Sikandar Raza (2022)
6: Suryakumar (2022)*
6: Virat Kohli (2016)
5: Mohd Rizwan (2021)
5: Shane Watson (2012)
Highest Strike Rate in ICC T20 World Cup (min. 200 runs)
SR 184.1 – Suryakumar Yadav*
SR 164.1 – Darren Sammy
SR 154.2 – Shahid Afridi
SR 151.5 – Marcus Stoinis
Most Sixes for India in 20th over in T20Is
12: Hardik Pandya (123 balls)
12: MS Dhoni (251 balls)
10: Suryakumar (18 balls)*
Most 50+ scores for India at SR 200+ in ICC T20 World Cup
2: Suryakumar Yadav*
2: Yuvraj Singh
Most 50+ scores at SR 200+ in T20Is
6: Suryakumar Yadav*
6: Evin Lewis
6: Glenn Maxwell