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India vs USA: Rohit Sharma Praises Suryakumar Yadav After Super 8s Qualification


India captain Rohit Sharma praised Suryakumar Yadav for his match-winning role in Wednesday’s T20 World Cup contest with the USA, as the all-rounder struck a half-century to secure their place in the Super 8s.

Opting to bowl first after winning the toss, India restricted co-hosts the USA to 110-8 on a tricky surface in New York, as medium pacer Arshdeep Singh finished with career-best figures of 4-9.

The USA lost two wickets in the opening over to Arshdeep and were 18-2 at the end of the powerplay, but they bounced back in the latter stages, as Nitish Kumar scored 27 while Steven Talyor made 24.

India got off to a disastrous start in the second innings, as bowler Saurabh Netravalkar dismissed big-hitting Virat Kohli for a golden duck, while skipper Rohit was out for 3.

But their middle-order batters came to the rescue as Suryakumar forged a short but steady partnership with Rishabh Pant and combined beautifully with Shivam Dube to seal a nervy seven-wicket victory.

Suryakumar made an unbeaten 50, scoring two fours and two sixes, while Dube made 31 not out. Their 67-run unbeaten partnership was the highest in the match in New York, where thousands of fans turned up at the Nassau County International Stadium.

“He showed he's got a different game as well, that is what you expect from experienced players,” Rohit said of Suryakumar, who scored his 18th T20 international half-century on Wednesday.

“To come out and bat differently if the situation demands, that is what Surya did. The partnership with Dube was very important for us. In the end, to take us home was a great effort.”

Rohit said his side knew it would not be an easy task to score 111 on the surface in New York, which has come under criticism from fans and pundits.

“In the end, we held our nerves and got that partnership as well. We lost wickets upfront but credit to Surya and Dube for showing that maturity and taking the game till the end,” Rohit added.

With three wins in three games, India remain on top of Group A and have progressed to the Super 8s, alongside Australia, South Africa and the West Indies.

The USA, who are second in Group A after beating Canada and Pakistan, can qualify for the Super 8s if they beat a struggling Ireland side on Friday.

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