Sri Lanka opt to bowl against unchanged India

Beth Cruz
December 23, 2017

Riding on a blistering hundred by opener Rohit Sharma, Team India posted a mammoth 260 runs in their allotted 20-overs in the second T20 global of the three match series at the Holkar Stadium here tonight.

10 sixes by Rohit, the most for India, against Sri Lanka, and on Indian soil.

Kusal hit seven sixes in a thrilling innings, but Kuldeep and Chahal - who also took four wickets in the series opener - tore through Sri Lanka in a flash, the former taking three wickets in the 15th over after his fellow spinner had Tharanga caught and bowled in another emphatic India win.

Ritika was seen cheering from the stands as well when Rohit scored his double hundred ton against Sri Lanka in Mohali earlier this month. KL Rahul was dismissed for 89 and MS Dhoni also chipped in with a few big hits to take India to their highest T20 global total of 260 runs, which is incidentally the joint second highest ever. Kusal Perera top-scored with 77 runs while Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed four wickets. Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will once again look to rattle Lankan batting order. Rohit Sharma blasted the joint-fastest 100 in Twenty20 Internationals off 35 balls while KLRahul blasted 89 as India notched up 260/5, their highest score in Twenty20 Internationals. The Sri Lankan team continued to lose wickets and was stuck at 87 runs in 16 overs. Hardik Pandya played an explosive cameo hitting a six and a four before getting out on the third delivery he faced at 10 runs.

The 30-year-old matched the 35-ball record set by South Africa's David Miller against Bangladesh in October. During his innings Rahul hit five boundaries and eight sixes. The previous record for India was 8 (Rahul), against Sri Lanka was 9 (Glenn Maxwell), and on Indian soil was 9 (Mohammad Nabi). The Indian batsmen have made merry against a toothless attack.

Thisara Perera (2/49) and Nuwan Pradeep (2/61) took two wickets each.

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