India's Rohit equals record for fastest T20 century

Rachel Hardy
December 23, 2017

1- Rohit scored his century off just 35 balls, the joint-fastest by any batsman in T20Is.

In the process, Rohit equalled the fastest century record in the T20Is. It was not power-hitting but sheer elegance coupled with remarkable ease. It won't be a surprise if they continue to dominate the Lankan batsmen.

Stand-in captain Rohit and KL Rahul (89 from 49) put on 165 for the first wicket - a record for their country - and India went on to post the joint-second biggest T20 global total of 260-5 on a great wicket.

Rohit is the only man to score more than one double hundred in ODIs. With this, India has taken a 1-0 lead in the series of three T-20 matches.

On November 13, 2014, Rohit had set a world record for the highest individual score in ODIs with a blitzkrieg knock of 264 at the Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka.

From being 145 for one in 13.1 overs, they collapsed to 172 in 17.2 overs. The bowling department will, however, depend on wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who caused plenty of trouble for the uninspired Sri Lankan batting in the first match.

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64- Sixes hit by Rohit in 2017, the most sixes by a batsman in a calendar year in global cricket. Rohit also became the fifth batsman in T20I history to register 2 hundreds. KL Rahul gets lifeline as Samarawickrama drops his catch at backward point at 6 runs.

Desperate to rein in the Indians, Perera brought in off- spinner Akila Dananjaya, but he ended up conceding 16 runs in his first over. Sadeera Samarawickrama and Chaturanga de Silva have been included in the side.

Rohit was on the money right from the start, hitting Angelo Mathews for two fours in the very first over of the match.

There was no stopping after that as Asela Gunaratne bore the brunt of his onslaught, going for 20 runs in an over.

Rahul then took over and got his second successive half-century off 35 balls, and put on 78 runs for the second wicket with Mahendra Singh Dhoni (28).

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