Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Sharma´s record ton powers India to 195-2 in 2nd T20

Sharma´s record ton powers India to 195-2 in 2nd T20

Being invited to bat first on a tough wicket, the Indian openers started cautiously before Hitman took off, batting the visitors out of the game.

The hosts, thus took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series but also registered their seventh successive series win.

Skipper Rohit Sharma's record-breaking fourth T20 worldwide hundred powered India to a comprehensive 71-run win over West Indies in what turned out to be another one-sided series victory for the hosts.

With 2203 runs in 86 T20Is at an average of 33.89 and four tons, Rohit is just 68 runs behind New Zealand's Martin Guptill, who heads the all-time list with 2271 runs in 75 matches.

The Indian captain was just getting started; after sussing the conditions he walked all over the Windies attack as he belted his fourth T20I century and became the only person in the world to boast of 4 centuries in this format. Whenever you get an opportunity you do your best. You don't have to make too many changes to your game because you already have shared the dressing room with worldwide players, he said."When you come into the Indian team, by then you had already learned professionalism and know how to correct your mistakes". Everyone who came out to watch the game will go home with a smile.

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Alli was thwarted again just before the break, with Zoet acrobatically getting down to his right and pushing the shot away. There was some conjecture about whether it should be ruled an own goal, however, match officials awarded the goal to Kane.

"You know Dhawan's natural instinct is to put pressure on the bowlers, but we made a decision to take our time".

It was not a very fluent innings by Shikhar Dhawan, but Rohit said that it was important for the duo to stick around and form a partnership.

The evening had begun sedately for Sharma and his partner Shikhar Dhawan, as Windies newcomer Oshane Thomas, along with Keemo Paul, kept India down to 11/0 in the first 3 overs. The partnership at the top was very important. We took the time initially and when he gets going it's not easy.

"Bumrah has been our premier bowler for us and the way we use him in T20s is different to ODIs".

Young pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who convinced his skipper to hand him the new ball in the second Twenty20 against the West Indies, says he thrives on responsibility and never lets pressure affect his performance. "It's only helping the team when someone like Khaleel bowls in such a manner", Rohit signed off.

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