I was clear about setting the tempo: Suryakumar Yadav reflects on India’s win

Written by Mohan Sharma

India batsman Suryakumar Yadav said he was clear about setting the tempo as India defeated South Africa in a home T20I series for the very first time. Team India beat the Proteas by 16 runs in Guwahati to go 2-0 up in the three-match T20I series.

Speaking after the match, Suryakumar said he went out and enjoyed himself and was clear about setting the tempo.

“We were batting first, so I was clear about setting the tempo. I went out and enjoyed myself,” said Suryakumar.

The 32-year-old lauded David Miller for his quick-fire century, saying he hit the ball beautifully.

“You can see the sweat still (laughs), he hit it beautifully,” Suryakumar added.

Finally, Suryakumar said he didn’t think of any par score while batting first and just wanted to get as many runs on the board as possible.

“I didn’t think of any score as par, just wanted to bat as deep as possible and get as many runs,” said Suryakumar.

Team India posted 237 on the board in their quota of 20 overs, their 4th-highest T20I total and their highest against the Proteas. Miller’s stunning 106 not out in 47 balls in a 174-run stand with Quinton de Kock was not enough as South Africa fell short of the total by 16 runs on an evening in which more than 450 runs were scored.

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