Published: Sat, December 23, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Rohit Sharma hammers 118 runs, India beat Sri Lanka by 88 runs

Rohit Sharma hammers 118 runs, India beat Sri Lanka by 88 runs

Riding on a blistering hundred by opener Rohit Sharma, Team India posted a mammoth 260 runs in their allotted 20-overs in the second T20 worldwide of the three match series at the Holkar Stadium here tonight.

India defeated Sri Lanka by a massive 93 runs in the first T20 global, here on December 20.

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Opener Lokesh Rahul, who was not part of the side that beat Sri Lanka 2-1 in the one-day global series, hit 61 off 48 balls to build the platform for India's innings of 180-3 in 20 overs after Sri Lanka had won the toss and opted to field.

The 30-year-old scored his second T20I century off just 35 balls which is the second fastest century in the T20 format.

2- Rohit's 23-ball fifty is the second fastest fifty by an Indian captain in global cricket.

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But it was Sharma's 100 off 35 deliveries, matching South African David Miller's century against Bangladesh in October, that stood out.

Wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shared seven wickets each as India achieved their 16th series win - across all three formats - at home since November 2015.

In reply to India's 21 sixes, Sri Lanka managed to hit 10 sixes in the inning.

5- Rohit became the fifth player after Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Colin Munro and Brendon McCullum to score two T20I centuries.

10 sixes by Rohit, the most for India, against Sri Lanka, and on Indian soil. India's total is joint second highest in T20s with only Australia's 263/3 against Sri Lanka being a better effort. Thisara Perera (2/49) and Nuwan Pradeep (2/61) took two wickets each.

On November 13, 2014, Rohit had set a world record for the highest individual score in ODIs with a blitzkrieg knock of 264 at the Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka.

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