WATCH: Suryakumar Yadav's no-look standing ramp shot breaks refrigerator in the Afghanistan dug out during Asia Cup 2022 clash; Virat Kohli enjoys it
Suryakumar Yadav recreated his debut magic, striking a six over long-leg off the first ball he faced in India’s last Asia Cup 2022 encounter against Afghanistan in Dubai on Thursday, September 8. Suryakumar just shuffled across and ramped left-arm quick Fareed Ahmad over the boundary, much like he had done off Jofra Archer on his debut in Ahmedabad last year.
The ball hit the Afghanistan dug-out refrigerator and Virat Kohli, the non-striker, enjoyed the hit.
WATCH: Suryakumar Yadav's no-look standing ramp shot that broke the refrigerator in the Afghanistan dug out
Suryakumar though was dismissed the very next ball, dragging one onto his stumps. The day though belonged to Kohli, who struck his maiden T20I hundred - a sublime 122* off 61 - to help India finish 212/2 in the allotted 20 overs, after being put in to bat. Kohli walked in to open with KL Rahul, as skipper Rohit Sharma opted to rest himself alongside Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal, and the pair added 119 in just 12.4 overs to get India off to a solid start.
Rahul was dismissed for 62 off 41 by Fareed Ahmad, after striking six fours and two sixes during his stay. Kohli would however carry on, and reach his first hundred since November 2019, his 71st in international cricket. The right-hander struck 12 hits to the fence and six over it.
Afghanistan stymbled to 21/6 by the seventh over of the run-chase, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar returning a career best analysis of 4-1-4-5 in an outstanding new-ball spell. Ibrahim Zadran was the lone mainstay of the Afghanistan innings, finishing unbeaten 64 off 59, but that could only take his side as far as 111/8, completing a 101-run defeat. Arshdeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin and Deepak Hooda bagged a wicket each.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan, having already qualified to the final on Sunday, September 7, will face-off in the final Super Four match on Friday.