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Rohit Sharma headlined a match that saw 31 sixes between the two teams and a slew of records being broken, battering a 35-ball century, the joint-fastest in T20Is with David Miller, in a ground whose short boundaries were purportedly the reason why Thisara had decided to put India in for the second game in a row. While Sri Lanka did manage to score at more than 10 an over, they failed to last 20 overs once more in a heady chase of 260, losing by 88 runs.After a quiet couple of overs, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul helped India get off to a great start as the Sri Lankans ran out of ideas. Rohit made mince meat of the visitors as he became the joint-fastest century-maker in T20Is. Rohit got to his century in just 35 balls and KL Rahul (89) gave him good company at the other end. Sri Lanka chased leather for most part of the innings as the Indians posted the second highest T20 total by reaching 260 for 5 in 20 overs.There seems no end to the woes of the visitors. While the Indian youngsters have put their hands up to deliver the goods, the Lankans are going through a terrible phase of transition during which they are badly in need of reliable performers. This series has hardly proved to be a good preparation for the challenging South Africa tour that awaits India next month, considering the home team’s domination in the absence of a good opposition in favorable conditions.

Rohit had smiled sheepishly at Thisara Perera when match referee Jeff Crowe announced that the visiting captain had called correctly yet again. But the smiles were of a different kind after he walked out to a quick wicket, where Angelo Mathews welcomed him with sub-115kph short balls. The Indian captain used that start to transcend into a state of demolition, with shots we’re accustomed to seeing when he’s been around for more than half an ODI innings.Tonight, he didn’t need anywhere near that much time.

Rohit Sharma headlined a match that saw 31 sixes between the two teams and a slew of records being broken, battering a 35-ball century, the joint-fastest in T20Is with David Miller, in a ground whose short boundaries were purportedly the reason why Thisara had decided to put India in for the second game in a row. While Sri Lanka did manage to score at more than 10 an over, they failed to last 20 overs once more in a heady chase of 260, losing by 88 runs.After a quiet couple of overs, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul helped India get off to a great start as the Sri Lankans ran out of ideas. Rohit made mince meat of the visitors as he became the joint-fastest century-maker in T20Is. Rohit got to his century in just 35 balls and KL Rahul (89) gave him good company at the other end. Sri Lanka chased leather for most part of the innings as the Indians posted the second highest T20 total by reaching 260 for 5 in 20 overs.There seems no end to the woes of the visitors. While the Indian youngsters have put their hands up to deliver the goods, the Lankans are going through a terrible phase of transition during which they are badly in need of reliable performers. This series has hardly proved to be a good preparation for the challenging South Africa tour that awaits India next month, considering the home team’s domination in the absence of a good opposition in favourable conditions.

Rohit had smiled sheepishly at Thisara Perera when match referee Jeff Crowe announced that the visiting captain had called correctly yet again. But the smiles were of a different kind after he walked out to a quick wicket, where Angelo Mathews welcomed him with sub-115kph short balls. The Indian captain used that start to transcend into a state of demolition, with shots we’re accustomed to seeing when he’s been around for more than half an ODI innings.Tonight, he didn’t need anywhere near that much time.

While KL Rahul brought the allure early on, Rohit was the opener with the better strike rate, swatting Sri Lanka’s myriad short balls away with characteristic disdain, before resorting to caressing length balls over his favoured midwicket region. He even took 15 runs off his first five balls against legspin, the form of bowling that was routinely talked about as his weakness in the IPL earlier this year.

By the end of the ninth over, Sri Lanka had used seven bowlers, a number that indicated they had enough options to warrant bringing in an extra batsman, but one which, on the flipside, glaringly exposed their decision to drop a specialist option in Vishwa Fernando. Four bowlers apart from the openers had gone for at least 16 in their first over.

Asela Gunaratane went for 21 in his, which started with Rohit slapping a loopy one over midwicket to reach his fifty in 23 balls, before sending the next ball 104 metres with a slog sweep to bring up the century stand in 52.

Off his next 11 balls, only three failed to breach the boundary. The most delightful of them came at the end of the streak, the slap on the up over cover which brought up his hundred, and the two sixes off the balls before, carved on either side of sweeper cover. It was the earliest century scored in a T20I innings, coming in the 12th over.

With that much time remaining, thoughts of another double-hundred in limited-overs cricket had begun but Dushmantha Chameera bowled the most effective change up of Sri Lanka’s innings, a short slower ball that Rohit couldn’t ramp over third man. As he walked off, he responded to a question from Ravi Shastri in the dressing room, cupping his hands like a wicketkeeper to signal he wanted MS Dhoni in at No. 3.

At the other end, KL Rahul had begun watchfully, visibly bothered by horizontal-bat shots, several of which he under-edged into the turf as Sri Lanka resorted to slower balls early in the innings. He would’ve fallen to one too, but Sadeera Samarawickrama dropped him at point on 6.

He switched tactics and decided to go straight, which resulted immediately in the shot of the evening. He walked at a 140kph delivery from Chameera that was prime for a cut – short and a tad wide. Except, his hands came from under the ball rather than above it, and he punched it over the long-off boundary, all the way into the top-tier. Using that as evidence of a successful plan, he launched a Nuwan Pradeep slower ball straight over the bowler’s head for six, having just tickled a slower ball past short fine leg off his hips.

In fact, he didn’t bring out the pull till Rohit was dismissed, following which he dominated a 68-run stand with Dhoni. He was given another reprieve on 83, when Gunaratne, who had lined up under a flick at deep square, seemed to completely miss it as it approached him, letting it sail over his head. But Pradeep had his man the very next ball, inducing a thick outside edge that was taken by Niroshan Dickwella with a leap to his right. India lost four wickets in the last ten balls, but finished with the second-highest total in T20I cricket.

Rohit Sharma’s joint fastest T20 century and Yuzvendra Chahal’s four-wicket haul helped India crush Sri Lanka by 88 runs at Indore’s Holkar stadium to clinch the series 2-0. Follow highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20 here

India Innings 260-5 (20)

Batsman Runs Ball 4s 6s SR
Rohit Sharma (c) c Dananjaya b Chameera 118 43 12 10 274.42
Lokesh Rahul c Dickwella b N Pradeep 89 49 5 8 181.63
MS Dhoni (wk) b Thisara Perera 28 21 2 82 133.33
Hardik Pandya c Samarawickrama b N Pradeep 10 3 1 1 333.33
Shreyas Iyer lbw b Thisara Perera 0 1 0 0 0.00
Manish Pandey not out 1 1 0 0 100.00
Dinesh Karthik not out 5 2 1 0 250.00

Sri Lanka Innings 172-10 (17.2)

Batsman Runs Ball 4s 6s SR
Niroshan Dickwella (wk) c Hardik Pandya b Unadkat 28 19 2 1 131.58
Upul Tharanga c & b Chahal 47 29 3 2 162.07
Kusal Perera c Manish Pandey b Kuldeep Yadav 77 37 4 7 208.11
Thisara Perera (c) c Hardik Pandya b Kuldeep Yadav 0 1 0 0 0.00
Asela Gunaratne st Dhoni b Kuldeep Yadav 0 1 0 0 0.00
Sadeera Samarawickrama st Dhoni b Chahal 5 2 1 0 250.00
Chaturanga de Silva b Chahal 1 2 0 0 50.00
Akila Dananjaya c Manish Pandey b Chahal 5 3 1 0 166.37
Dushmantha Chameera b Hardik Pandya 3 5 0 0 60.00
Nuwan Pradeep not out 0 5 0 0 0.00
Angelo Mathews abs hurt 0 0 0 0 0.00
PLAYER OF THE MATCH Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma’s joint fastest T20 century and Yuzvendra Chahal’s four-wicket haul helped India crush Sri Lanka by 88 runs at Indore’s Holkar stadium to clinch the series 2-0.

Rohit:
The stage was set. Good conditions to bat. Was trying to do what I always try to do – hit through the line. It’s something I’ve been working on through the last few months. Went out there and had some fun. That’s too much to ask (going for double hundred). No target here is defendable so we wanted to get as many as possible. KL started very well. He’s in great form. There’s a certain template to my batting. Don’t try to overhit too much. Rely on my timing and hold my shape. Had a lot of faith in the wrist-spinners. They’ve always brought us back into the matches. These two guys never put their head down. Rather than being too defensive, they’re prepared to flight the ball to take wickets. And they got the result. Kuldeep changed the game completely. I was very happy. Always had the belief that they’re the ones who’ll get us back in the game. It’s always pleasing for a captain when a bowler comes and tells you what he wants to do (talking about Pandya). It’s something he’s been working on. It’s paying dividends on the field. Only thing I said was back yourself. They stuck to their plans and got the result.

Perera:
It’s a tough series for us. Too big a target to chase. Tharanga and Kusal batted very well, giving us momentum, but others couldn’t execute. Mathews is now out of the series due to his hamstring problem.

Kuldeep:
First three overs 45 runs, but I was always thinking about wickets. I knew if I got one, I would probably get the second one. The first over (I bowled) was slow in the air, but the wicket was good to bat on and the ball was coming on nicely. Later on I was bowling wide of the batsman. I realized that I need to bowl it into the wicket. They (Dhoni and Rohit) were backing me and telling to look for the wicket. Small ground with small boundaries, Dhoni and Rohit were telling me to keep away from the batsman and try the variations outside the off-stump. Seven wickets in three overs really changed the game.

Sri Lanka this series:
1st T20I: 39/1 to 87 all out (48/9)
2nd T20I: 145/1 to 172 all out (27/9)

Sri Lanka have now equaled their worst run in T20Is – seven successive defeats.

Biggest winning margin for India in T20Is (by runs):
93 vs SL, Cuttack, 2017; 90 vs Eng, Colombo RPS, 2012; 88 vs SL, Indore, 2017

Most wickets in T20Is in a calendar year for India:
28 J Bumrah (2016); 23 R Ashwin (2016); 23 Y Chahal (2017)

Most sixes in a T20I match
32 WI v Ind, Lauderhill, 2016; 31 Ind v SL, Indore, 2017; 30 Ireland v Netherlands, Sylhet, 2014

Fewest runs losing last nine wickets in a T20 inngs:
26 Zim v NZ, Providence, 2010 (58/1 to 84 all out)
27 SL v Ind, Indore, 2017 (145/1 to 172 all out)
33 HK v Afg, Mirpur, 2016 (79/1 to 112 all out)

Biggest winning margin vs SL in T20Is (by runs):
93 vs Ind, Cuttack, 2017
88 vs Ind, Indore, 2017
85 vs Aus, Pallekele, 2016
81 vs Aus, Bridgetown, 2010

Four wickets in an innings thrice by wrist spinners in T20Is:
Shahid Afridi; Imran Tahir; Yuzvendra Chahal

source : http://www.espncricinfo.com
http://www.cricbuzz.com

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