What a dazzling display of fireworks that turned out to be from Rohit Sharma, who unfortunately fell 15 short of what would’ve been a perfect way to celebrate a 100 T20I appearances. The series, currently locked at 1-1, heads to Nagpur for the decider, taking place three days from now.
It was completely a night of dominance for Rohit Sharma with the bat. Right from the start, he looked all-together in a different mood in order to make things fall in place. Almost in every over, Rohit Sharma managed to get runs at a higher strike rate for the team.
Rohit Sharma scored 18th T20I fifty:
Rohit Sharma finished with 85 runs off just 43 balls while KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer completed the game for India. Needless to mention that Rohit Sharma bagged the man of the match award. On the other hand, Shikhar Dhawan once again failed to get quick runs for the team, as he managed below 100 strike rate in the powerplay overs.
During the course, Rohit completed his 18th T20I fifty off just 23 balls, which was also his second fastest in the shortest format. His innings was laced with six sixes and six boundaries. Playing his 100th T20I international, he had a dream game as he looked unstoppable in a 154-run chase.
Despite that, the duo managed to add 100 runs for the opening wicket for the Indian National Cricket Team in T20I format of the game. By doing so, they became the first pair to register the most number of 100+ partnerships for the opening wicket in the T20I format.
They overtook four pairs in order to reach the pinnacle of the list. Australia’s David Warner-Shane Watson, New Zealand’s Martin-Guptill -Kane Williamson, India’s Rohit Sharma-Virat Kohli and Kiwis’ Guptill-Munro, who all registered 100+ partnerships for three times in T20I format of the game.
All in all, it was a game to remember for the Indian National Cricket Team, especially, Rohit Sharma. Now, the action will move to Nagpur, where the both teams will play their final game of the series.
Most 100+ partnerships in T20Is
R Sharma – S Dhawan – 4
D Warner – S Watson – 3
M Guptill – K Williamson – 3
R Sharma – V Kohli – 3
M Guptill – C Munro – 3