Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Rohit Sharma Sets Record for Most T20I Tons

Windies would be buoyed by Oshane Thomas's lively spell in the opening T20I Windies would be buoyed by Oshane Thomas's lively spell in the opening T20I
Kristopher Love | 08 November, 2018, 18:12

Sharma, who now has 2,203 runs in 86 matches, became India´s highest run-scorer in T20s after surpassing regular captain Virat Kohli (2,102 runs) during his red-hot knock.

The India openers had to weather some good fast bowling by West Indies at the start, but from the moment Rohit broke the shackles with a six off the first ball of spin he faced, he looked unstoppable.

Rohit, who made batting attractive with his immaculate timing and placement, picked the ball early and swung his bat to beat the big boundaries for some crisp fours and wonderful sixes.

Hitman's knock also saw him overtake Pakistan's Shoaib Malik and New Zealand's Brendon McCullum to grab the second spot on the list of batsmen with the most runs in T20 internationals. Later, Indian bowlers produced a clinical display one more time and never really allowed the men in maroon to get on with the tall chase of 196.

Khaleel also revealed that he is working on his bowling with bowling coach Bharat Arun at the nets to get better with each passing day. Hence, we took so much time to understand what the pitch is doing. Everyone who came to watch the game will go home with a smile.

Having elected to field, West Indies initially managed to restrain Rohit and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, conceding only nine runs in the first four overs.

Dhawan's luck finally ran out in the 14th over when he was caught by Nicholas Pooran at the long leg boundary off Fabian Allen as the batsman went for a slog sweep.

Lokesh Rahul finished unbeaten on 26, watching from the non-striker's end as Sharma clattered a boundary off opposite number Carlos Brathwaite to reach his ton in the last over of the innings.

Khaleel Ahmed had already dismissed openers Shai Hope (6) and Shimron Hetmyer (15) by that stage, as the tourists struggled with the bat for a second successive outing.

West Indies' misery in the two-month long tour was compounded as they suffered yet another series defeated after losing the Test series 0-2 and subsequently the one dayers by 1-3 margin.

"It didn't work batting wise in these two games".

"Our batting continues to let us down.We are still trying to find our best opening combination", said Brathwaite.

The third and final match in the series takes place in Chennai on Sunday.