It was a ‘SKY’ show as Suryakumar put on a dazzling display with the bat, scoring 103 not out off 49 balls with the help of six maximums and 11 fours.
Praising Suryakumar, IPL legend Suresh Raina said that the MI batter plays with the psychology of the bowler.
“He plays with the psychology of the bowler. The way he smacked the ball around the ground. He was batting with calmness once again. His approach was good, his intent was good, and look at the results. He hit the ball all around the ground for 103 runs in 49 balls, and he finished it off with his signature celebration,” Raina said.
Former India pacer Zaheer Khan was also heavily impressed with Yadav’s measured approach to batting.
“The Surya which we know is back and getting better and better, especially at a crucial time. This time is going to be the most important for any team in the tournament because you’re getting to the business end of the tournament, it’s about going to the playoffs and putting your best foot forward. When you have Surya on song like this, anything can happen. Teams will be looking at the MI line-up carefully because he holds the key to MI and their season,” Zaheer said.
The Titans had a minuscule chance of pulling this win off after their top-order collapse, but Rashid Khan’s late barrage of sixes gave some last-minute entertainment to fans. Khan praised the standout bowler for delivering with the bat, “This was an outstanding knock by Rashid Khan. The game was almost well and truly done before he came to bat but he had other plans. This could have been a big win but Rashid Khan was in the way. To me, this is one of the best innings a lower middle-order batter has played in an IPL inning in a very long time. The kind of six-hitting we’ve seen was phenomenal.”
(With inputs from ANI)