The recent Mohali knock is not the first time Sri Lanka faced the wrath of Rohit Sharma. Three years back, the player thumped a similar knock in Kolkata against the same team. In the previous occasion he launched 264, better than the recent strike of unbeaten 208 runs. On the other hand, to forge the challenge against Sri Lanka, Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer thumped quick half centuries. Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, steered the inning injecting momentum especially after the first 20 overs.
The match was crucial for Shreyas Iyer, the young player who debuted in the previous match. He could not deliver well in the first ODI, but his strike in the second offered a clear justification of his selection. Iyer paced up his knock after Sharma reached his first hundred. His 70-ball-88 featured a strong technique in batting and confidence. The young batsman plundered 9 fours and 2 sixes.
Rohit Sharma became the only cricketer in India to knock three double centuries in ODI. His inning featured a typical wait-watch-play approach. In the first 10 overs, the openers could not even score 35 runs, while in the next 10 overs, the score was average. By the first 20 overs, Sharma was dormant and too careful in shot selection, handling over most of the strikes to Shikhar Dhawan. The latter knocked his half century with a high strike rate and bid goodbye to the crease. Sharma’s knock started after Dhawan left, the player reached 100 by the 40th over, but in the next 10 overs, he brought the second century striking just 37 balls. In the last 10 over stretch, India scored 147 runs.
Team India’s U-turn in the match was impressive, as the host thumped a victory by 141 runs. Angelo Mathews, meanwhile, scored an unbeaten 111 runs of 132 in the chase. It could not deliver a contest as no palpable partnership could survive in the inning. In the first 10 overs, the team lost two wickets for 41 runs. The chase was bolstered in the middle order with Mathews playing short stretches with Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne. It was not adequate, what-so-ever. India leveled the series winning the second match at Mohali in an impressive style.
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