After a lacklustre performance in the opening ODI at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala, team India made a remarkable comeback in the 2nd ODI at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, as they registered a comprehensive victory by 141 runs to level the series three-match series 1-1.
It was largely made possible due to yet another majestic knock by the stand-in-skipper, Rohit Sharma who went on to smash his 3rd ODI double century which took India to a mammoth score of 392 for four in their allotted 50 overs.
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It was carnage on display during the final ten overs of Indian innings. Rohit reached his first century in the 38th over, and from there on, it was mayhem, as he kept on depositing the Lankan fast bowlers over the fence. There was a point when he had struck six sixes in just seven deliveries.
He was ably supported by the youngster Shreyas Iyer who scored his maiden ODI half-century and shared a substantial partnership of 213 runs for the 2nd wicket with his skipper Rohit Sharma. The duo scored at a brisk pace, and there was no respite for the Lankan bowlers.
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Rohit’s unbeaten knock of 208 off 153 deliveries was decorated with 13 fours and 12 monstrous sixes which ensured India reached a commendable total of 392 at the end of their allotted 50 overs. The visitors were never in the game and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. If they have to harbour hopes of winning the match they had to score a brisk pace which wasn’t the case.
The Indian skipper was pretty happy with India’s performance especially after a humiliating loss during the 1st ODI in Dharamsala.
Here is what Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony
“It was a great day. Winning the game was important for me and for the team. After the loss at Dharamsala, it was necessary to come back, and we did it superbly. It was great to get the total we got because there was a bit of dew in the end.”