When India lost five wickets in the first half of the chase of a huge target, especially on brand-new grounds that are constructed outside of the main city, the stands begin to empty, with more spectators hoping to beat the traffic than hoping for a miracle on the field.
But on Thursday night, no one among the 30,460 audience at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium got up from their seats, not even when India was struggling at 57 for five in the 10th over and needed to score an unlikely 207 runs. The reason is Suryakumar Yadav was at the crease.
Suryakumar, India’s top performer in the 2022 short format, contributed in his own way. Shanaka’s spectacular hitting, which gave Sri Lanka its fastest T20I fifty, was an appropriate way to end the team’s innings.
This news is written by Ms. Pujari Dharani, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.