Yadav hits 83 to lead India to seven-wicket win in third T20I

By August 08, 2023
Suryakumar Yadav hit 83 for India. Suryakumar Yadav hit 83 for India.

Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma both hit fifties as India defeated the West Indies by seven wickets in the third T20I at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Tuesday.

The hosts posted 159-5 off their 20 overs after winning the toss and choosing to bat.

Brandon King led the way with a run-a-ball 42 while Captain Rovman Powell made a rapid 19-ball 40* including one four and three sixes.

Kuldeep Yadav took 3-28 from his four overs for India.

India’s chase started shakily with the wickets of debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill within the first five overs.

Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma then combined to put on a match-winning 87-run third wicket partnership.

Yadav led the way with a shot-filled 44-ball 83 including 10 fours and four sixes while Varma ended 49* off 37 balls.

Captain Hardik Pandya also chipped in with 20* off 15 balls as India finished 164-3 off 17.5 overs.

Alzarri Joseph took 2-25 from his four overs for the Windies.

The West Indies now have a 2-1 lead in the series heading into the final two games.

The series will now move to Florida for the fourth and fifth T20Is on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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