Rohit’s third ODI double century leads India to series-levelling win

India innings (toss: Sri Lanka, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
R Sharma not out 208 (153) 13 12 135.94
S Dhawan caught Thirimanne, bowled Pathirana 68 (67) 9 0 101.49
S Iyer caught Chaturanga (sub), bowled Perera 88 (70) 9 2 125.71
MS Dhoni lbw Perera 7 (5) 0 1 140.00
H Pandya caught Thirimanne, bowled Perera 8 (5) 1 0 160.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: D Karthik, M Pandey, W Sundar, B Kumar, J Bumrah, Y Chahal
Extras: 13 (11 wides, 1 leg bye, 1 bye)
India’s total: 392/4 in 50 overs, at 7.84 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 115/1 (S Dhawan, 21.1), 328/2 (S Iyer, 45.3), 354/3 (MS Dhoni, 47.3), 392/4 (H Pandya, 49.6)
Sri Lanka bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs Wickets  Economy
A Mathews 4 1 9 0 2.25
S Lakmal 8 0 71 0 8.87
T Perera 8 0 80 3 10.00
N Pradeep 10 0 106 0 10.60
A Dananjaya 10 0 51 0 5.10
S Pathirana 9 0 63 1 7.00
A Gunaratne 1 0 10 0 10.00
Sri Lanka innings (target: 393 runs in 50 overs, at 7.86 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
D Gunathilaka caught Dhoni, bowled Bumrah 16 (19) 1 0 84.21
U Tharanga caught Karthik, bowled Pandya 7 (14) 1 0 50.00
L Thirimanne bowled Sundar 21 (35) 1 0 60.00
A Mathews not out 111 (132) 9 3 84.09
N Dickwella caught Sundar, bowled Chahal 22 (20) 4 0 110.00
A Gunaratne stumped Dhoni, bowled Chahal 34 (30) 5 0 113.33
T Perera caught Dhoni, bowled Chahal 5 (3) 1 0 166.66
S Pathirana caught Dhawan, bowled Bhuvneshwar 2 (8) 0 0 25.00
A Dananjaya caught Rohit, bowled Bumrah 11 (17) 2 0 64.70
S Lakmal not out 11 (22) 0 0 50.00
Batsman who didn’t bat: N Pradeep
Extras: 11 (9 wides, 2 leg byes)
SL’s total: 251/8 in 50 overs, at 5.02 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 15/1 (U Tharanga, 3.5), 30/2 (D Gunathilaka, 7.3), 62/3 (L Thirimanne, 15.3), 115/4 (N Dickwella, 22.4), 159/5 (A Gunaratne, 30.2), 166/6 (T Perera, 30.6), 180/7 (S Pathirana, 33.5), 207/8 (A Dananjaya, 40.5)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets Economy
B Kumar 9 0 40 1 4.44
H Pandya 10 0 39 1 3.90
J Bumrah 10 0 43 2 4.30
W Sundar 10 0 65 1 6.50
Y Chahal 10 0 60 3 6.00
S Iyer 1 0 2 0 2.00

Man of the match:

Rohit Sharma, for scoring his third ODI double hundred and setting up India’s victory.

Top scorer in the 2nd ODI:

Rohit Sharma [208* (153); 13×4 and 12×6; strike rate 135.94]

2nd ODI report:

Like the Dharamsala ODI, this was a one-innings match as well, meaning the side batting first, in this case, batted the team bowling first out of the match. And when you have a weak batting line-up like Sri Lanka’s, you stand next to no chance of chasing down 393, particularly against a potent bowling attack like India’s.

Rohit Sharma’s third double hundred in ODI cricket, needless to say, won India the 2nd ODI at even the midway point. This Mumbai batsman began slowly and Shikhar Dhawan’s aggressive batting and boundary hitting allowed Rohit to play his natural game and bat the length of the Indian innings. His first 50 runs came in 65 balls and the balls per 50 kept coming down from then on: Rohit’s second 50 came in exactly 50 balls; the next 50 (101-150) came in 18 balls, and the fourth 50 came in 18 balls as well. And he hit 11 sixes and three fours in the last 27 balls he faced, going from 116 off 126 balls to 208 in 153 balls. This demolition job significantly reduced Sri Lanka’s chances of winning. Because, as aforementioned, their current batting line-up doesn’t have batsmen who can play a long innings whilst also maintaining a high strike-rate. Rohit was at his typical six-hitting best, as he made great contact with the knee-high full-tosses that the Sri Lankan seamers generously offered him and sent them sailing deep into the stands.

Thisara Perera won his second consecutive toss and chose to bowl first again, probably anticipating the dampness and small blade of grass on the Mohali pitch to assist Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews and Nuwan Pradeep like the pitch in Dharamsala did. But not only was this pitch on the slower side, but the ball hardly moved in the air or off the pitch and the Indian openers, in particular, felt at home against the same bowling attack which had troubled them only a couple of mornings ago.

Dhawan and Rohit Sharma too, to an extent, didn’t mind charging the Sri Lankan bowlers and thereby nullifying the potential for the ball to move and catch the edges or wrap their pads. Also, the Lankan seamers weren’t consistent with their lines and lengths, which they needed to be to keep the Indian batsmen on a tight leash and pick wickets by drying up the runs. The Indian batsmen had wised up and the conditions weren’t as testing as in Dharamsala. So, as a bowler, you had to strike the right balance between bowling for wickets and bowling to keep the runs down.

In Dharamsala, the Sri Lankan bowlers managed to string maiden over after maiden over and they were picking wickets in clusters too; here, however, they managed neither and though India were off to a reasonably sedate start, Dhawan and Rohit built a solid foundation from where posting a 300-plus total was possible.

Dhawan played an unnecessary, reckless shot to be caught at short mid-wicket off left-arm spinner Sachith Pathirana, after scoring 68 off 67 balls and having shared a 115-run stand with Rohit for the first wicket. Shreyas Iyer, playing only his second One-Day International, batted comfortably against pace and spin bowling alike and more importantly, exhibited his wide array of strokes, which essentially allowed him to score at more than run a ball without breaking a sweat. Iyer was not only provided the platform by the twelfth 100+ opening partnership between Rohit and Dhawan, to make an impression, but he also had a harmless, easy-paced pitch to score runs at a brisk pace. And he did utilise this opportunity to make an 80+ score (a 70-ball 88, precisely) and being dismissed only after he had shared a 213-run stand for the second wicket with Rohit and India were aiming for a score in excess of 350.

Rohit made his 16th ODI century¬†on what was his second wedding anniversary and in front of his wife Ritika, while this is now the seventh individual double hundred to be scored in ODI cricket. Sri Lanka’s bowlers were punished for bowling poorly and except Akila Dananjaya (of the bowlers who bowled more than five overs), all of them conceded at seven runs or more per over, with Nuwan Pradeep the most expensive (0/106 in 10 overs). Angelo Mathews, like in Dharamsala, took the new ball and bowled a frugal four-over spell, conceding just nine runs.

Sri Lanka never really batted like they were chasing 393. They not only got off to a slow start (scoring at less than four runs per over four a majority of the first powerplay, but also lost the three key wickets of Danushka Gunathilaka (16 off 19 balls), Upul Tharanga (7 off 14 balls) and Lahiru Thirimanne (21 off 35 balls) with just 62 runs on the scoreboard. Fair to say that a majority of the Sri Lankan batsmen felt the slowness of this pitch more than their Indian counterparts and struggled for timing.

Angelo Mathews, though, held one end up and without taking big risks, scored at a strike rate of close to 90. His ability to find the boundary every now and then helped his strike rate, while he also gave the impression that Sri Lanka had accepted defeat and only wanted to ensure they didn’t lose by a big, embarrassing margin. Nonetheless, he made his second ODI century, reaching the landmark in 122 balls, and finishing on 111* off 132 balls (9×4 and 3×6).

The Indian bowling attack collectively fared well, though it was unable to bowl Sri Lanka out despite getting into the tail as early as the 31st over. Washington Sundar, at just 18 years and 69 days old, became the seventh-youngest to play an ODI for India.

2 comments

  1. Wow, what a splendid innings from Rohit Sharma. Third time he crosses the barier of 200 in one day innings, most by any. He is definitely a great player and what an amazing way to give present to her wife on his wedding aniversary. Congratulations team Blue for this amazing victory.

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