Rohit Sharmas record ton helps India clinch T20 series

India vs Windies 2018

India vs Windies 2018

Rohit Sharma along with his opening mate Shikhar Dhawan equaled the world record for most partnerships in excess of 100 runs in T20I cricket.

The hosts, thus took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series but also registered their seventh successive series win.

India locked horns with Windies in the second T20I at Lucknow, leading 1-0 in the series.

Darren Bravo's 23 was the top score in West Indies' timid reply to the huge target set for them.

They at least managed to surpass the 109-8 they posted in the first game, finishing up on 124-9 as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah also claimed two wickets apiece for India.

The India openers had to weather some good fast bowling by West Indies at the start, but from the moment Rohit broke the shackles with a six off the first ball of spin he faced, he looked unstoppable. Dhawan was dropped on 28 by Keemo Paul at the midwicket boundary off Brathwaite.

Hindustan Times, owned by HT Media Ltd, is one of India's largest publications that provides unbiased news, analysis and features on politics, sports, entertainment, lifestyle and more. The elegant right-hander mostly preferred the straight boundaries and cleared them on both sides with consummate ease.

After the fall of Dhawan, who was caught brilliantly in the deep by Nicholas Pooran off Allen, and Rishabh Pant in quick succession to pull shots, Rohit forged an unbroken 62-run stand with K.L. Rahul (26) as the host collected 66 runs in the last five overs, including 20-plus runs in two.

Rohit's spell-binding fireworks, an unbeaten 61-ball-111, containing eight fours and seven sixes, enabled him to get his fourth T20 global hundred, the most by any batsman, and guide India to a crushing 71-run victory over West Indies.

Introduced into the attack in the eight over, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav continued with his magic and struck twice in a span of one delivery to derail West Indies' chase. Always hard to take catches off the back foot like the one we just saw.

With 2203 runs in 86 T20Is at an average of 33.89 and four tons, Rohit is just 68 runs behind New Zealand's Martin Guptill, who heads the all-time list with 2271 runs in 75 matches.

From there on, it was just a matter of time before India wrapped up the game and they did it in style.

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