Rohit Sharma Hits Double Century To Level Series And Set Up Virtual Final At Visakhapatnam

The Indian team were under pressure coming into the second ODI as they were 0-1 in the three match series against Sri Lanka. Acting captain Rohit Sharma knew it was a must win game for his team and he decided to lead from the front.

Sri Lanka won the toss at Mohali and put India into bat. The Indians collapse in the first ODI and Sri Lanka were hoping their bowlers would once again blow the Indians away. That wasn’t the case as S Dhawan and R Sharma put together a 115 run partnership in just 21 overs before Dhawan fell.

Sharma Hits Third Double Century

Rohit Sharma played very cautiously during the early part of his innings. After a strong opening partnership, Sharma and young SS Iyer started to increase the tempo and gave India a great platform as both batsmen scored freely. Iyer was impressive and was on his way to scoring his maiden ODI ton when he fell to Sri Lankan captain T Perera for 88.

Sharma then took charge of the situation as India was in a commanding position. He dispatched the Lankan bowlers to all parts of the ground and toyed with the bowling scoring his second hundred in just 36 balls. He remained unbeaten on 208 and became the first batsmen to hit three double centuries and the first captain to hit a double century. His innings included 12 sixes and 13 fours. The Indians set Sri Lanka a total of 393 to chase and it was always going to be difficult for the Lankans.

Matthews Scores A Century But Sri Lanka Fall Well Short

Sri Lanka got off to a poor start as former captain U Tharanga fell early to H Pandya. The Indian pacers took advantage of the conditions and bowled tight spells, which meant that the run rate continued to climb with each over. Sri Lanka found themselves at 115-4 in the 23rd over and the slow run rate meant that it was almost impossible for the Lankans to go on to win.

Angelo Matthews played well and managed to remain unbeaten on 111 at the end of the Sri Lankan innings. He was unable to clear the boundary as leggie Y Chahal tied up the middle order and took 3 wickets in his 10 over spell. Sri Lanka finished on 251 for 8, which means the third ODI on Dec 17 at Visakhapatnam will be a virtual final and a series decider. Rohit Sharma was given the man of the match award for his brilliant double century.