Sharma slams double ton

Erica Murray
December 14, 2017

After scoring two of the elusive double centuries, Sharma notched up a record-breaking third one in Mohali on Wednesday. Sharma needed just 36 balls to reach 200, having needed 115 for his first ton. His first came against Australia in November 2013.

Rohit, who fired his sixth ODI century of the year, was later engaged in another massive 213-run stand for the second wicket with rookie Shreyas Iyer (88 off 70; 4x9, 2x6). In this match India had scored 383 runs losing 6 wickets.

Sharma singled out tormentor in the first ODI Lakmal in the 44th over and scored 26 runs off it which included four sixes of four legal balls. Trailing 1-0 in the series, India were put to bat by Sri Lanka. Rohit was happy to play second fiddle to the free-flowing Dhawan.

While the flashing red light of the disturbed bails excited the crowd and prompted the square leg umpire to call for help from his TV colleague, what was arguable was a potential breach of the new fake fielding law.

The next, was similar to the previous two deliveries and Sharma made no mistake of sending the ball over the ropes.

When Parera began the 50th over, Sharma was batting on 191. The highlight of the middle part of the innings was the way he pulled Nuwan Pradeep off the front foot wide of long on.

"If I am not wrong, the first 100 I got was around the 38th or 39th over". Rohit batted like an artist who explored the full range of expression, combining finesse with mesmerising bat-swing and shot selection, merging discipline with desire. This turned out to be Rohit's third double hundred in ODI cricket (four others have one each) and he became only the second captain to crack a double ton in the 50-over format. He hit his last six of the innings the next ball before taking a single.

The tourists only reached 251-8 in reply, Angelo Mathews' unbeaten 111 paling into insignificance compared to Rohit's exploits. Hence, the debate about allowing Sri Lanka an extra five runs would not have found acceptance with Dhoni well within his rights.

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