India on Friday thrashed Sri Lanka by 88 runs in the second T20 International to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
Rohit Sharma bulldozed the Sri Lankan attack with a whirlwind record-equalling 35-ball century and powered India to a colossal 260 for five in the second Twenty20 International.
Rohit equalled South African David Miller’s record of 35 ball century, en route to a swashbuckling knock of 118, his second T20 hundred and the best by an Indian in this format.
In an incredible display of hitting, rather punishing of the bowlers, the Indian captain smashed 12 fours and 10 sixes during his 43-ball stay at the crease.
In the process he raised a 165-run stand for the first wicket, the highest for India, with KL Rahul, who scored 89 off 49 balls.
In reply to India’s massive 261-run target, Sri Lanka lost opener Dickwella 25(19) early in the 5th over.
However, Kusal Parera and Upul Tharanga showcase some brilliant hitting all across the Holkar Stadium and keep visitors’ hope alive.
Here are the live updates of India vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20I at the Holkar Stadium in Indore: Click Here for Full Scorecard
# For his sensational century, which is the joint fastest in T20I history, Rohit Sharma the Player of the Match award
# Game, set and match! TeamIndia wrap the 2nd T20I with a comprehensive 88-run win. That's all we have from Indore. Over to Mumbai for the last match.
# OUT bowled!! Hardik Pandya remves the last hurdle Chameera, It's all over as injured Mathews didn't come to bat. India win the match as well as series.
# Hardik Pandya [3.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack
# India now want to finish things off as ASAP as Jasprit Bumrah [2.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack.
# Score after 16 overs, SL 171-8 Chameera 2(2)Pradeep 0(0)
# After Kuldeep, Chahal takes three wickets in a over. Sri Lanka 8 donw, almost gone.
# OUT again!! And now the lightening strikes at Holkar Stadium, Yesss!!! its Dhoni who stumped Gunaratne with a blink. Kuldeep takes his third of the over. Sri Lanka 162- 5 in 15 overs.
# OUT!! And this time its him, Kusal Parera. All hopes were n his shoulder. Kuldeep takes his second wicket of the over. Sri Lanka is losing quick wickets here. A brilliant innings comes to an end and so are Sri Lanka's hopes.
# Kuldeep Yadav to Perera, out Caught by Hardik Pandya!! Parera has to go, but he is not the Parera Indians wanted to go. Thisara Parera the skipper gone.
# After 14 overs, Sri Lanka 155-2, Kusal Perera 77(36) Perera 0(0)
# Lankan skipper Thisara Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease
# OUT!! Chahal to Tharanga, out Caught&Bowled!! Chahal provided India with a much needed breakthrough.
# Meanwhile, Take a look at Rohit Sharma's swashbuckling century.
# After 13 overs, Sri Lanka 143-1, Parera 67(32), Tharanga 45 (27)
# With a six and four Kushal Parera smoked a quick fire 50 in just 26 balls.If not matching Rohit's coruscating knock, Parera is atleast keeping Sri Lanka's hopes alive.
# Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
# Score after 9 overs, SL 86-1, Tharanga 28(20), Kusal Perera 30(15)
# Four, Six and Six... total 19 off the over. Kuldeep didn't wanted the start he got.
# Kuldeep Yadav, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack
# Kusal Prera comes out to bat. After 5 overs, Sri Lanka 42-1.
# OUT!! Dickwella departs early in tall chase of 260. Unadkat takes his first wicket of the innings.
# Score after 2 overs, Sri Lanka 16-0, Dickwella 13(8); Tharanga 3(4)
# Welcome back. Dickwella and Tharanga are at the crease. Dickwella is on strike. Unadkat will open the attack.
# Everytime you think you have seen it all, you see something incredible. Today, Rohit Sharma has shown us that. I admit I am gasping, says Harsha Bhogle.
Everytime you think you have seen it all, you see something incredible. Today, Rohit Sharma has shown us that. I admit I am gasping.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 22, 2017
# In the last over, Parera takes two wickets. He scalps Dhoni and Aiyar. India finish the innings on a massive 260. The joint highest score in T20 International.
# Parera comes out to bowl the last over. He will be a little relaxed as Rohit and Rahul are back in the hut.
# Hardik Pandya comes out to bat and opens his innings with a staright drive boundry.
# OUT!!! Rahul misses his hundred. A daring innings comes to an end.
# SIX!! Rahul reaches 89. He is just eleven runs away from his hundered.
# Nuwan Pradeep is back into the attack
# Chameera to Rahul, SIX, wow!! Rahul hits shots like no one else. He is also nearing his century.
# Dhoni being a good host, welcomes him with a six. After Rohit Sharma's Swashbuckling ton, Mahi fever engulfs Indore.
# Akila Dananjaya [2.4-0-28-0] is back into the attack
# 200 comes up for India in just 16th over. Score after 16 over: 202-1
# Fours and sixes are raining in Indore tonight. 19 runs off the over, India after 15 overs: 196-1
# Pradeep to Rahul, FOUR, back to back fifties for Lokesh Rahul! He has taken tover the job of Rohit Sharma.
# Nuwan Pradeep [2.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack
# Back to back boudaries for Dhoni. Looks like Dhoni came already set.
# Score after 13 overs, IND 166-1
# MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease
# Rohit Sharma also becomes the only Indian to score two tons in T20 internationals... Raina and KL Rahul are the others Indians with a T20 ton
# Not he is not. OUT!! Rohit Sharma departs after blasting fastest T20 hundred.
# Six, Four and a Six. Rohit Sharma are you seriously looking for a T20 Double Hundered!!!!
# Score after 12 overs IND 149-0
# Mathews to Rohit, FOUR, Hats off to you Rohit Sharma. Fastest T20 hundred for ROhit in just 35 balls. To be more precise, he equals the fastest T20I century with David Miller.
# SIX, Wide, SIX, SIX, SIX and Rohit Sharma is killing here. Let me watch it guys. He is on 97 runs in just 34 balls. Can he score the fastest Hudnered over here.
# Thisara Perera [1.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack
# FOUR, SIX, SIX, FOUR, FOUR and thats Rohit Sharma for you. He is on the fire. Rohit has given GUnaratne a nightmare for life. 21 runs off the over.
# Asela Gunaratne, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
# Watch out! Cricket balls are lying in the stands, in the 2nd tier. This pair is on fire, tweets BCCI.
# Chaturanga de Silva, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
# Two fours in the over off Prera. Score after 7 overs: Score after 7 overs: IND 71-0
# Score after Six overs: India 59-0; Rahul 27(20) Rohit 32(16)
# FOUR, FOUR and a SIX to Sri Lanka's mistery spinner. Rohit and Rahul are on the roll here at Holkar stadium, Indore.
# Akila Dananjaya, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
# Score after 5 overs IND 43-0
# A six and a Four, Rahul is in full swing today and Lankan will regret dropping him.
# Six!! Rohit Sharma also joins the fun at Holker. Pradeep bowls it short and Rohit on the front foot pulls it for a six.
# Nuwan Pradeep, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
# Chameera to Rahul, SIX, Incredible hitting. No words can discribe that shot. Rahul was on the run and Chameer bowled a good length but Rahul connected it well. High in the sky.
# Dropped! Mathews won't happy. Sri Lankans won't be happy. Samarawickrama the culprit here. A tough chance but no excuses at this level. Lucky Rahul survives.
Small ground in Indore, bit of grass, nice lights.......but real question is whether Sri Lanka will come out playing as well as they actually can— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 22, 2017
# Seven runs came off the second over. Score after 2 overs, IND 15-0
# 1.5 over: FOUR, a top quality shot from Rahul.
# Dushmantha Chameera, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
# After 1 Over, India are 8/0, Rohit Sharma: 8(6), KL Rahul 0(0)
# Four more!!! Another boundry on the second last ball of the over. It was a half tracker from Mathwes. A very good start for Indian skipper.
# Four!! First runs off the innings. Rohit Sharma punishes a very short ball from Mathews.
# Rohit and Rahul are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Mathews will open the attack
# National anthem of both team is being played at Holkar stadium Indore.
# Here are the complete squads of India and Sri Lanka.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni(w), Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Niroshan Dickwella(w), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera(c), Chaturanga de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep
# Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to bat first.