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Rohit Sharma breaks India T20I record with century against Windies

08 November, 2018, 05:11 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • India start as favourites against the West Indies in the second T20I

Needing a win to stay alive in the three-match series after the five-wicket loss at Kolkata, West Indies got off to the worst possible start, losing two wickets - Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer early on with young left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed accounting for both the batsmen.

In reply, the pressure of runs proved too much for the Caribbean side as they could only manage 124/9.

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. Everyone who came to watch the game will go home with a smile.

He is now the second highest scorer in the world behind New Zealand's Martin Guptill, on 2,271 runs. India was able to cruise to a convincing win by 71 runs against the Windies in the second T20I at Lucknow.

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The number-fest in India's series-winning victory, though, wasn't limited exclusively to the captain. "I think 120-plus partnership between us was very crucial", the captain said.

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. And once Jasprit Bumrah had foxed Pollard with a slower one to have him caught and bowled, it was all over the bar shouting for the tourists. In reply, the West Indian top order again disappointed as left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed started the rout by sending back the openers - Shai Hope and the risky Shimron Hetmyer and then chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav nailed things by removing Darren Bravo and Nicholas Pooran in his first over. It's only helping the team when someone like Khaleel bowls in such a manner.

Team India will next host the Windies in the third and final Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) on November 11 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

"Wonderful stadium. One of the best stadiums we've played at, the way the crowd supported, hope to get the same support in future". You don't have to make too many changes to your game because you already have shared the dressing room with global players, he said."When you come into the Indian team, by then you had already learned professionalism and know how to correct your mistakes".

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