2nd ODI: Rohit Sharma double hundred powers India to series-levelling win vs Sri Lanka

first_imgRohit Sharma struck his third double century to power India to series-levelling victory over Sri Lanka in the second one day international at the PCA stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.Rohit’s majestic 208 not out off 153 balls powered India to a massive 392/4 after Sri Lanka asked the hosts to bat first on a flat pitch.In reply, Sri Lanka’s innings never took off and despite Angelo Mathews’ fighting hundred, the visitors only managed 251/8 from their 50 overs and lost the match by 141 runs.Yuzvendra Chahal took three for 60 to help the hosts square the three-match series at 1-1.WATCH FULL VIDEOMathews remained unbeaten after a dogged 111 for his second ODI century but the touring side never had a realistic chance in their steep chase.Sri Lanka, who lost the three-test series 1-0 against India, had been hoping for a repeat of the series opener in Dharamsala on Sunday, when India were bundled out for 112 in a seven-wicket defeat.With India slumping to 29 for seven in their previous game while batting first, Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera had no hesitation in putting the hosts in after winning the toss.But Rohit, who notched up his 16th hundred in the 50-over format, and fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan denied them any early success with a watchful start.The 30-year-old added 115 with Dhawan, who made 68, to build a solid base for India and then added 213 for the second with fellow Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer, who scored 88 in what was his second ODI.The right-handed batsman hit 13 fours and 12 sixes with his first 100 coming off 115 deliveries in the 40th over. Rohit then tore into Sri Lanka’s bowlers and India scored 147 in their last 10 overs.advertisementIt was the seventh time a batsman had scored 200 or more in ODIs with Rohit’s 264 against the same opponents in Kolkata in 2014 being the highest individual score in the 50-over format.Sri Lanka paceman Nuwan Pradeep went for 106 runs off his 10 overs, while Perera gave away 80 off his eight overs of seam bowling.The third and final ODI will be played at Visakhapatnam on Sunday before the two teams meet in a three-match Twenty20 series.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more