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Rohit Sharma’s double century powers India to big win vs Sri Lanka in Mohali

Rohit Sharma, who got out cheaply in Dharamsala, hit his third double century in the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Mohali.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Dec 13, 2017 21:54 IST
Ashutosh Sharma
Ashutosh Sharma
Hindustan Times, Mohali
India vs Sri Lanka,Rohit Sharma,Shikhar Dhawan
Rohit Sharma celebrates his century during the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Mohali. (PTI)

India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front, notching up his career’s third ODI double century and helping his team win against Sri Lanka in the second ODI in Mohali. (INDIA vs SRI LANKA 2nd ODI HIGHLIGHTS)

Rohit, under fire for having scored just two in the Dharamshala ODI and then having watched his side skittle to lowly 112, was watchful at the start. With Shikhar Dhawan taking up scoring mantle, Rohit was happy to play second fiddle and wait for his chance to score. The duo did well in negotiating Sri Lankan pacers Angelo Mathews and Suranga Lakmal stitching together 115 runs for the first wicket in 21.1 overs. (INDIA vs SRI LANKA 2nd ODI SCORES)

While Dhawan was happy slamming boundaries at will, Sharma played a waiting game. With the ball coming on to the bat, the Indian opening duo ensured that their side had a platform to bat Lanka out of the match. Dhawan perished trying to force the pace for 68 off 67 balls but by then, Rohit, having set his eye in, took over the scoring mantle.

Rohit build his innings watchfully, hitting five fours, which included three hits to the fence through covers for his fifty. He then opened up in 20th over hammering spinner for two boundaries off Sachith Pathirana. Mentoring Shreyas Iyer, Rohit then showed full range of shots he posses. He lofted Nuwan Pradeep for a six and followed it up with couple off punches for four of Sachith Pathirana and Lakmal. With Iyer going great guns at the other end, Rohit once again bid is time waiting for bowlers to commit mistakes.

His 100 (115 balls) came off a single of Pathirana and was inclusive off nine fours and one six. He accelerated at the end and completed the next 100 runs in just 36 runs. He remained unbeaten at 208.

First Published: Dec 13, 2017 14:31 IST