In another stunning knock, Surya scored an unbeaten 61 off 25 balls, followed by excellent bowling from the bowlers, which helped India (186/5) bundle out Zimbabwe for 115 to seal a 71-run win in their last Group 2, Super to be achieved. 12 match of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
India concluded the Super 12s with a comfortable win to top their group. They play against England in Thursday’s semi-final Adelaide. With four wins from their five matches, India have 8 points.
Surya’s beautiful knock is decorated with six fours and four sixes. India were three wickets down when Surya and Hardik came together to build a 66-run partnership and take India past the 180-run mark.
Talking about Surya’s knock, Ashwin said, “He is free-spirited, he is not a spring chicken, even though he is relatively new to international cricket. As a bowler, we always want runs to defend and he provides that. Some some of the leg sweeps he played were tremendous.”
Ashwin excelled with a spell of 3/22.
“It felt good (to get those wickets) and of course it helps to improve the confidence. I’m not into numbers; I’m doing the process, and it felt good,” Ashwin said in a mixed media zone said.
The veteran bowler said that he watched the matches there and got some input.
Talking about returning to this venue next Sunday if India make it to the final, Ashwin said: “Well, I hope so. It will be good. We had a great first game (against Pakistan) here and it will be good be like that again in a game,” he replied.
In India’s match against Zimbabwe, Men in Blue scored 186/5 in their 20 overs after electing to bat first. KL Rahul (51) and Virat Kohli (26) put on a 60-run stand for the second wicket, but Sean Williams (2/9) squeezed some momentum out of India’s innings.
However, Surya saw to it that things finished with a flourish for India.