Rohit hits record ton as India beat West Indies again

  • Rohit hits record ton as India beat West Indies again

Rohit hits record ton as India beat West Indies again

Being played at The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium, Lucknow, a venue that was hosting an global fixture after a hiatus of 24 years, the match turned out to be a one-sided contest, as skipper Rohit Sharma batted Windies out of the game. One of the finds for India this series has been Khaleel Ahmed who yet again shone with returns of 2/30 in his four overs.

Two players, one being the premier batsman and the second a premier bowler of India, are on the brink of achieving a few milestones in the next game.

"Shikhar's natural instinct is to put pressure on bowlers".

The number-fest in India's series-winning victory, though, wasn't limited exclusively to the captain.

Sharma hit an unbeaten 111 off 61 deliveries to power the hosts to 192-2 after being put into bat first in the second T20 at Lucknow's newly built cricket stadium. We wanted to get used to the pitch, hence we took our time. "I think 120-plus partnership between us was very crucial". Obviously last game we bowled and fielded very, very well.

The right-left combination of Sharma and Dhawan, who surpassed 1,000 T20 runs during his 41-ball knock, smashed the balls to all parts of the huge ground before the first wicket fell in the 14th over.

The right-hander shared in a 123-run stand with fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan, who made 43 before he was well held in the deep by Nicholas Pooran off the bowling of spinner Fabian Allen.

Rohit hit seven sixes and eight fours to post his fourth T20 century, the most by any batsman in the format at global level.

"On a tour like this it's hard to just look at the negatives; sometimes you just need to take the small positives and go away with them".

The Caribbeans kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Darren Bravo top-scoring with 23.

Rohit's spell-binding fireworks, an unbeaten 61-ball-111, containing eight fours and seven sixes, enabled him to get his fourth T20 global hundred, the most by any batsman, and guide India to a crushing 71-run victory over West Indies.