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IND vs SL, 2nd ODI: Twitter Reacts As Rohit Sharma’s Double Ton Powers India To Huge Total In Do-Or-Die Game

Rohit Sharma Mohali double hundred

Not only did India bounced back in style from the heavy thrashing in the first One-Day International in Dharamsala but Rohit Sharma also made amends for his poor captaincy debut as the stand-in skipper led from the front by scoring his third ODI double ton to guide India to a mammoth 392 for 4 in the second game.

The do-or-die game for the hosts began on a disappointing note as Rohit Sharma lost the toss again and the Men in  Blue were asked to bat first on the pitch which was tipped to assist the bowlers early on. However, the apprehensions dispelled quickly as Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gave the home side a flying start. The duo began the proceedings cautiously as the scoreboard read only 33 after the end of the tenth over.

However, it did not take long for the duo to shift gears once they had their eyes set in. Dhawan set the tone by hitting Thisara Perera for a couple of fours in the eleventh over and there was no looking back since then. In the next 5 overs, India collected 42 runs with Dhawan looking in ominous form and Rohit playing the second fiddle. The left-handed batsman reached his fifty off 47 balls and was looking primed for a century before being sent back by Sachith Pathirana against the run of play.

Batting on 68, the southpaw danced down the track but could only chip it to Lahiru Thirimanne at short midwicket . But Dhawan’s departure was not a precursor of the things that were to follow like in the first ODI as Rohit and Shreyas Iyer not only steadied the ship after the fall of the wicket but also laid the foundation for a big total. Rohit soon completed his fifty off 65 balls and was ably supported by Iyer. The Mumbai teammates looked at ease throughout and reached their personal milestones without much trouble.

All hell then broke loose in the last ten overs as Rohit Sharma threw his bat at almost anything and was succeeding on almost all the occasions. The India skipper soon reached his 150 before Thisara Perera ended the mammoth 214-run stand by sending back Iyer for 88. Rohit, on the other hand, continued going strong and finished on 208 not out with the help of 13 sixes and 12 fours.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the innings:

https://twitter.com/sagarcasm/status/940869889828548608

https://twitter.com/CricCrazyNIKS/status/940845539171684352

https://twitter.com/HitmanCricket/status/940831979695673345?

 

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