India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I: Rohit Sharma slams joint fastest hundred, India win 14th series of 2017

first_imgIndia registered yet another convincing win over Sri Lanka in the second T20I in Indore on Friday to clinch the three-match series 2-0 with one game in hand.Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front, smashing 118 off 43 balls as the hosts posted 260 for 5 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first at the Holkar stadium.Opener KL Rahul the next-best scorer for the Men in Blue with 89 runs off 49 balls.Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav then spun a web around the Lankan batsmen, picking up 7 wickets between them with the visitors managing 172 for 9 in 20 overs, falling short of the target by 88 runs.Rohit hundred was his second in T20 Internationals and was the joint fastest as it came off just 35 balls.Team India’s total of 260 was also the joint-second highest in T20 internationals. It was also India’s third highest win batting first. The team had registered its biggest win (93 runs) in terms of runs in the first T20I of this series at Cuttack under Rohit.India have now won 36 matches across formats in 2017, behind only Australia’s 38 in 2003.India’s wrist spinners once again did the damage for the hosts with leg-spinner Chahal taking 4-52 while chinaman Kuldeep picked up 3-52.Angelo Mathews could not bat due to an injury as Sri Lanka’s chase screeched to a halt after they lost six wickets in two overs from the spinners.Kusal Perera top-scored with 77 off 37 balls for the touring side, who had also gone down 9-0 across formats to India at home earlier in the year.advertisementThe 30-year-old Rohit smashed 10 sixes and 12 fours before he was eventually dismissed for 118 in 43 balls on a featherbed of a wicket at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, where Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera won the toss and opted to field.Four of Rohit’s sixes came in consecutive deliveries off Thisara which took him to 97 and he completed his second hundred in the format with a four on the next ball he faced from seamer Angelo Mathews.Rahul took charge after Rohit’s dismissal and added 78 for the second wicket with former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni before falling for 89 off 49 balls.India were well on course to eclipse the highest T20 International total of 263-3, which was set by Australia against Sri Lanka in 2016, but lost their way by losing four wickets in the last two overs of their innings.Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will host the final match of the tour on Sunday.(With Reuters Inputs)last_img

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