His 24-ball fifty took India C to a formidable total against India A.ttmum
Suryakumar Yadav's late innings blitzkrieg for India C in the Deodhar Trophy propelled them to a huge 366-3 in their allotted 50 overs at Ranchi on Friday and shattered the record for the highest team total in the tournament.
Yadav, who captains the Triumph Knights Mumbai North East in T20 Mumbai, walked in at 247/2 in the 43rd over against India A and ended up blazing an unbeaten 72 off just 29 balls with 9 fours and 4 sixes and an astonishing strike rate of 248.27.
The 29-year-old Mumbai batsman made a sedate start, scoring only eight off the first nine balls he faced, as he allowed the well-settled India C skipper Shubman Gill, who had already scored a century, to attack.
He was on 17 off 15 balls when Gill got out for 143 in the 46th over. Having gauged the pitch enough, Yadav then cut loose, as he scored two fours and a six off Siddarth Kaul in the 48th over.
However, he saved his most brutal attack for the final two overs. Yadav first laid into Jaydev Unadkat in the penultimate over, sending three balls to the fence and one over it, as he brought up his fifty in just 24 balls.
In the final over, Yadav went one better, scoring two fours and two sixes in the final four balls of the innings to take India C to 366-3 and ensure a stiff target for India A.
In the last 13 deliveries, he hammered 54 runs and his assault met the boundary in 10 of the last 11 balls. As a result, India C scored a massive 119 runs in the final eight overs at a rate of 14.87.
Yadav's death over form has spilled over from the recently-concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy where he scored 226 runs at a strike rate of 154.79.
It all proved too much for India A as the crumbled to 134, spearheaded by off-spinner Jalaj Saxena's five-wicket haul and handed India C a 232-run victory.