Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli both struck an unbeaten 59 on Wednesday in the Asia Cup 2022 opener, paving the way for India to defeat Hong Kong by 40 runs. Yadav reached fifty in only 22 balls, including four sixes in the last over, providing a brilliant illustration of his all-around batting approach. Haroon Arshad scored 26 runs on his last six pitches.

Since playing international cricket since February, Yadav’s incredible strokeplay allowed him to take control of the game, and Kohli, who had just reached his first half-century, appeared calm. He managed to smash a ramp shot over fine leg despite the bowler’s speed almost throwing him to the ground. He squatted and, using his rapid reflexes, pushed it over the fence.

Yadav reached 42 in the batter’s box before smashing four sixes off of five balls in the last over. He became the player to achieve his sixth T20I fifty fastest, doing so in 22 balls. He and Kohli amassed 98 runs in a third-wicket partnership that lasted 42 deliveries and was unbroken. It aided India’s amazing 192 for 2 scores in 20 overs. Hong Kong responded by ending their innings at 152 for 5, deciding that the target was too high for a relatively inexperienced team.

Yadav discussed his chat with wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and skipper Rohit Sharma during the innings break, as well as the rationale for his impulsive actions. He said, “I haven’t worked on those strokes, but these shots originate from playing rubber ball cricket with my friends when I was a kid.”

The pitch had previously been a little sticky. Before I batted, I told Rohit and Rishabh that I would try to ramp up the tempo and aim for 170-175. I think we have a fair score on this wicket.