India beat Sri Lanka by 141 runs in 2nd ODI

Thursday, 14 Dec, 2017

In the post-match conference, Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera complimented Rohit. But Indians were up for it. This included skipper Sharma's third double century, an unbeaten 208 off just 153 balls after hammering 13 boundaries and 12 sixes.

As a result, the CA XI was awarded five extra runs.

For India, Yuzvendra Chahal grabbed three wickets while commencing 60 runs, whereas paceman Jasprit Bumrah picked up two.

Rohit's first double ton was against Australia in 2013 in Bengaluru. His effort came in the aftermath of the debacle in Dharamshala where team got out for a paltry 112. The openers, Rohit and Dhawan, kept the scorecard ticking over with a diet of singles and twos. The southpaw took the lead in scoring early on as the skipper looked a bit tentative.

With wickets tumbling at the other end, Mathews switched gears to reach within striking distance of his second ODI century, which came off 122 balls, when he nudged a delivery from Bhuvneshwar through mid-wicket for two runs even as the visitors fell short by 141 runs in the end. And Sri Lankans should have expected the twist in the tale that followed considering Sharma had scored 264 against them three years ago in Kolkata.

Rohit started the innings in a typical fashion and took time to settle down, but the signs that he was in for something special came when he seemed unfazed about the length balls and hit them for boundaries easily.

Player-of-the-match: Rohit Sharma. The yorkers ended up in full tosses and the slower ones were smilingly put away by the batsmen. The ball then found its way into the stands behind the backward square leg and deep midwicket on consecutive balls. The highlight of the middle part of the innings was the way he pulled Nuwan Pradeep off the front foot wide of long on. Indian keeper MS Dhoni first got ready to collect the throw arriving from third man but then realised that the ball would eventually end up hitting the stumps, which it eventually did, as he opted out of receiving the throw at the last moment.

When Parera began the 50th over, Sharma was batting on 191. This was Rohit's sixth ODI hundred of 2017, thereby entering into a tie with Virat Kohli. In 2014, in Eden Gardens, Rohit, after being dropped on four, thrashed the Sri Lankan bowlers to all corners and made a sensational 173-ball 264 - the highest ever individual score in ODIs. He is the reason why India scored 392/4 and now Sri Lanka is playing and already lost 4 wickets in 124 runs.