Seven deadly stats of Rohit Sharma's record T20I ton against Sri Lanka

23 December, 2017, 01:20 | Author: Edward Fernandez
  • Record-equalling Rohit hundred sets up India series win

After clinching the Test and One-Day International series, the Rohit Sharma-led India registered a 93-run win in the first T20I against Sri Lanka which helped the hosts take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Rohit was mesmerising in his knock where he smashed 12 boundaries and 10 sixes to unsettle the opponent.

Kusal hit seven sixes in a thrilling innings, but Kuldeep and Chahal - who also took four wickets in the series opener - tore through Sri Lanka in a flash, the former taking three wickets in the 15th over after his fellow spinner had Tharanga caught and bowled in another emphatic India win.

Sharma is the only worldwide player to score more than one double ton in one-day matches.

165 highest partnership for India for any wicket, between Rohit and Rahul today. This was after Rohit Sharma blasted his way to the joint fastest hundred in T20I as India subsequently brought up its highest score in twenty-twenty cricket.

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The visitors were dismissed for 172 in pursuit of their 261-run target. However, even the senior Lankan players have struggled to counter the Indian bowlers and batsmen. Sri Lanka had scored 260 for six against Kenya at Johannesburg in September 2007. Lokesh Rahul also played a fantastic knock of 89 runs off only 43 balls hitting 5 fours and 8 sixes.

But it was Sharma's 100 off 35 deliveries, matching South African David Miller's century against Bangladesh in October, that stood out. Rohit became the third player after Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum to hit two centuries in this format. Sharma smashed 12 fours and 10 sixes after India were put into bat.

Following Story was posted prior to the beginning of 2nd T20 between India and Sri Lanka at Indore on December 22, 2017.

Sri Lanka skipper Thisara Perera, on the other hand, said, "Looks a small boundary, so we want to chase". The Indian batsmen have made merry against a toothless attack.

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