'Hit-man' Rohit Sharma's joint fastest century seals series for India
23 December, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Greg Wolfe
Rohit smashed 10 sixes and 12 fours before he was eventually dismissed for 118 in 43 balls.
10 sixes by Rohit, the most for India, against Sri Lanka, and on Indian soil. In his first series as India captain, however, he has reached a different level as a batsman, scoring runs in commanding fashion against a hapless Sri Lanka side.
Coming in to chase a big target of 261 runs, Sri Lanka got off to a flying start with openers Nirosham Dickwella and Upul Tharanga sharing the crease in a 36-run partnership for the first wicket in just 4.2 overs.
Once the 109-run second-wicket partnership between Upal Tharanga (47 off 29) was broken by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (4/52), the Lankans innings fell apart.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose finishing prowess has been under the scanner for some time now, got some runs under his belt after being promoted to number four in Cuttack and is likely to continue in the same position so that he gets enough overs in match situation before the ODI and T20 challenge in South Africa. For the uninitiated, Miller had also scored his century in 35 balls against Bangladesh at Potchefstroom in October 2017.
The 30-year-old scored his second T20I century off just 35 balls which is the second fastest century in the T20 format. The incredible ton and his stunning partnership with KL Rahul is the talk among cricket fans in Twitter.
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Chasing 261 for victory, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 172 runs.
With this, Rohit equalled David Miller's record for the fastest T20 hundred. Sri Lanka had scored 260 for six against Kenya at Johannesburg in September 2007. During his innings Rahul hit five boundaries and eight sixes.
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