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Rohit Sharma equals fastest T20I century record

23 December 2017, 01:24 | Marlene Fleming

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Though Suresh Raina and KL Rahul have scored T20I hundreds, no Indian has got 2. He was well supported by other opener KL Rahul and the duo stiched a 165-run partnership for the first wicket.

Kusal Perera was the only positive for Sri Lanka to feel proud about as he scored a rapid fire 77 runs off only 37 balls and laced his inning with 4 fours and 7 sixes.

Thisara Perera has made two changes in the team from the last match.

Left-arm spinner Chaturanga de Silva was smashed for a 101-metre six by Rahul, who stepped out and launched the ball straight over the media box.

Rohit bludgeoned 10 sixes and 12 fours in a sublime knock, taking only 12 balls to move from 50 to his second T20 hundred for his country and leave Sri Lanka facing a massive run chase.

Losing the first T20 against India at Cuttack by 93 runs, Sri Lanka must now find a way to turn the table and bounce back in second T20 being played against the Home Side at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Friday.

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India's batting order will be depend on Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul to provide solid start at the top of the order. He scored 91.5% of his runs in boundaries. It won't be a surprise if they continue to dominate the Lankan bowling.

Yuzvendra Chahal too picked four wickets while Kuldeep Yadav added three wickets in the match. India's total of 260/5 is the second highest team total in T20Is after Australia's 263 vs Sri Lanka in 2016.

The bowlers were unable to find the right length on a pitch which gave no margins of error and each mistake was punished heavily by the Indian batsmen.

Captain Thisara Perera, Angelo Mathews and Upul Tharanga will be some of the key players who will hope to rise to the occassion, as they hope for a good show on Friday.

MS Dhoni smashed 28 runs, which helped India post over 250 runs on the scorecard. The match is scheduled to take place at 7 pm IST, while the toss will take place at 6: 30 pm.

The match can be seen live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1HD.



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