Dec 22, 2017
By MI Media
There is one thing about Rohit Sharma – he never ceases to surprise you. Earlier this month, he had two double centuries in Odis, and he added one more to the tally against Sri Lanka in the second ODi. Up until today, he had one T20I ton to his name, and he went on to score his second one and broke several records on his way. It is safe to say that the joint fastest T20I century by Rohit and a destructive 89 by KL Rahul batted Sri Lanka out of the game, as India went 2-0 up, confirming another series victory for the team.
Sri Lanka won the toss for the second time in a row and put India in to bat yet again. That happened to be the only smiling bit that Perera had for the next couple of hours. Rohit Sharma & KL Rahul took their time with the new ball and scored 26 runs off the first four overs. This is when the duo decided that it was time to spread the wings and take on the shortish boundaries at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
In the fifth over, both Rohit and Rahul hit a six each off Pradeep to get into fifth gear. Rohit was severe on Dananjaya who was introduced in the Powerplay. He smashed him for two fours and a six. Very soon, Rohit overtook Rahul and went on a blistering spree of some magical hitting.
The Indian skipper brought up his fifty with style, smashing Gunaratne for a maximum in his very first over. Rohit missed an Indian record by inches. He got to his 50 off 23 balls, just one ball behind Kapil Dev’s record for the fastest fifty by an Indian captain in international cricket. He didn’t stop there. He followed the first six up with one more biggie and a couple of fours to finish off the over, and Gunaratne’s day with the ball.
It was Perera’s turn next to suffer some punishment at Sharma’s hands! India were sitting pretty on 117/0 after 10 overs. Perera decided to bowl the 11th over and Rohit took the last four balls of his over for humungous and well-timed sixes all around the park. From 73, he moved on to 97 by the end of the over.
In the 12th over itself, Rohit got to his second T20I century with a lovely caressing shot over cover for a boundary. He got to triple figures off just 35 balls, equalling David Miller’s record for the fastest T20I century, an innings that wasn’t too long ago either. He also became the fifth batsman in T20I history to hit multiple hundreds. Rohit joined the list with names such as Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Colin Munro and Evin Lewis in it.
The stylish batsman didn’t stop after getting to the landmark. He took the attack to Chameera who had decent figures until then. After taking the pacer for 6, 4 and 6, Rohit finally mistimed one to short third man. The skipper departed for a brilliant 43-ball 118, the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in T20I cricket.
At the fall of Sharma’s wicket, Dhoni received another promotion up the order, coming in at number 3. Once again, Dhoni didn’t waste any time as he tonked Dananjaya for back-to-back boundaries to get going. Rahul, who was quietly watching Rohit’s knock, got to his half-century and kept his captains’s legacy going by smashing Pradeep for a couple of fours and a six in the 15th over.
India crossed the 200-run mark in the 16th over and had the world record for the highest T20I total within their sights. Thisara Perera, Sri Lanka’s death over specialist in Malinga’s absence bowled a tight 17th over, conceding just 6 runs. The following over by Dananjaya saw three sixes, two off Dhoni and one off Rahul’s blade.