Rohit Sharma Sets Record for Most T20I Tons

Silvia Morton
November 8, 2018

Fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah, along with spinner Kuldeep Yadav, took two wickets each.

He is now the second highest scorer in the world behind New Zealand's Martin Guptill, on 2,271 runs. West Indies are the defending champions - and the hosts will take on Bangladesh in the final match of the day.

He and Shikhar Dhawan posted 123 runs for opening wicket to provide a ideal platform after West Indies started off promisingly with paceman Oshane Thomas bowling a maiden Dhawan got to a somewhat sedate 43 (41b, 4x3) before being caught by Nicholas Pooran off the bowling of Allen at long-leg, but there was no respite for the visitors thereafter as the Indians pressed on the gas pedal to dictate terms.

The openers will be keen to get some runs under their belt in this format as Darwan especially has been struggling in T20s of late so there is pressure on the top order to get them off to a better start in this game whether they set a total or chase. "Today I don't think we fielded as well as we wanted to, even I let the team down with the ball", said Brathwaite who conceded 56 runs from his four overs. Everyone who came out to watch the game will go home with a smile.

Dhawan's luck finally ran out in the 14th over when he was caught by Nicholas Pooran at the long leg boundary off Fabian Allen as the batsman went for a slog sweep.

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Sharma then launched an attack as he hit eight fours and seven sixes during his entertaining blitz in front of a raucous home crowd.

Khaleel Ahmed had already dismissed openers Shai Hope (6) and Shimron Hetmyer (15) by that stage, as the tourists struggled with the bat for a second successive outing.

Ahmed bowled Hope in his very first over and then got the unsafe Hetmyer caught at long on, three overs later, with his left-arm pace. We took the time initially and when he gets going it's not easy.

West Indies' misery in the two-month long tour was compounded as they suffered yet another series defeated after losing the Test series 0-2 and subsequently the one dayers by 1-3 margin. The men in blue thus clinched their 7th straight win in a T20I series. The final game now comes up in Chennai on Sunday.

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