I just went through my routine - Rohit delighted with latest double hundred

Tricia Pearson
December 14, 2017

After Dhawan's departure, Sharma got a support from young Shreyas Iyer (88) and he reached his 16th ODI hundred in the 40th over.

His breathtaking knock included a dozen sixes and 13 boundaries as he literally toyed with the opposition bowlers.

As you may all know that Rohit completed his first double hundred against Australia in 2013 in Bengaluru and then in 2014, the talented right-hander scored 264 against Sri Lanka in Kolkata.

"This is our second anniversary, but more than that, we won the game".

And on Wednesday morning it was heart-warming to see Dhoni beat none other than Hardik Pandya in a 100m dash during training ahead of the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Mohali. Sharma's first 50 came in 65 balls whereas Dhawan reached half century in just 47 balls.

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While becoming the first player on the globe to surpass the 200-run mark "three times" in one-day internationals (ODIs), Rohit took India to a big total of 392 at the loss of four wickets in the given overs.

The next, was similar to the previous two deliveries and Sharma made no mistake of sending the ball over the ropes. The highlight of the middle part of the innings was the way he pulled Nuwan Pradeep off the front foot wide of long on.

When Parera began the 50th over, Sharma was batting on 191. He completed the landmark of 100 in 115 deliveries and in his next 38 deliveries, he collected an astounding 108 runs. Rohit batted like an artist who explored the full range of expression, combining finesse with mesmerising bat-swing and shot selection, merging discipline with desire. The batsman slog-swept the first ball for a six over square leg. He hit his last six of the innings the next ball before taking a single.

Chasing a mammoth 393, Sri Lanka rode on former skipper Angelo Mathews' defiant unbeaten second ODI ton (111 from 132 balls, 4x9, 6x3) but kept losing wickets at regular intervals which derailed their chase.

The 30-year-old Rohit had nudged his way to his century off 115 balls by the end of the 40th over and then went on to thump 107 more off his final 37 balls.

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