Sharma blows Sri Lanka away

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By 2017-12-14

Skipper Rohit Sharma became the first batsman to hit three double centuries in one-day internationals as he powered India to 392-4 to help beat Sri Lanka by a massive 141 runs in their second ODI at Mohali yesterday.

Chasing a massive 393 to win, Sri Lanka ended up making just 251-8, that too courtesy of Angelo Mathews' second ODI century, when he made an unbeaten 111 while wickets kept crumbling from the other end. Mathews added 9 fours and three sixes in his 132 delivery inning, while the next best came from Asela Gunarathne who made 34. In bowling Yuzbendra Chahal claimed three wickets.

Earlier in the match, the Indian skipper led the charge, smashing 12 sixes and 13 fours in an unbeaten 208 after the hosts, who trail the three-match series 1-0, were put in to bat.

Sharma reached 200 in the 50th over bowled by skipper Thisara Perera. His first hundred came off 115 balls and his second off just 36 balls.

The right-hander scored 209 against Australia in Bangalore in 2013, and followed that double-hundred with his highest score of 264 against Sri Lanka a year later in Kolkata.

Martin Guptill (New Zealand), Virender Sehwag (India), Chris Gayle (West Indies) and Sachin Tendulkar (India) have recorded a double century each in ODI cricket.

Sharma made a bright start with his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (68) after the Indian batsmen's horror showing in the opening ODI, when they were skittled out for just 112.

Sharma's 213-run stand for the second wicket with Shreyas Iyer, who scored 88, also stood out on a hazy day in Mohali.

Dhawan, who hit nine boundaries during his 67-ball knock, was caught at mid-wicket off Sachith Pathirana.

But the wicket proved to be a minor blemish on India's innings as Sharma dominated the bowlers with the attack-minded Iyer for company.

Sharma took a special liking to first-ODI hero Suranga Lakmal, hitting the paceman for four towering sixes in one over

Iyer also changed gears after completing his maiden fifty in just his second ODI, smashing the Sri Lankan bowlers around the park.

Perera got three wickets with his medium-pace bowling, but was still hit around the park by Sharma, who had vowed to bounce back after India were mauled in the first game.


R. Sharma not out 208
S. Dhawan c Thirimanne b Pathirana 68
S. Iyer c sub (Chaturanga) b Perera 88
M.S. Dhoni lbw b Perera 07
H. Pandya c Thirimanne b Perera 08
Extras (b1, lb1, w11) 13
Total (4 wickets, 50 overs) 392
Fall of wickets: 1-115, 2-328, 3-354, 4-392
Did not bat: D. Karthik, M. Pandey, B. Kumar, W. Sundar, J. Bumrah, Y. Chahal
Bowling: Mathews 4-1-9-0, Lakmal 8-0-71-0 (w1), Perera 8-0-80-3 (w1), Pradeep 10-0-106-0 (w3), Dananjaya 10-0-51-0 (w1), Pathirana 9-0-63-1 (w3), Gunaratne 1-0-10-0 (w2)


Sri Lanka
U.Tharanga C Dhoni B Bumrah 16
L.Thirimanne C Karthik B Pandya 07
A.Mathews not out 111
N.Dickwella C Sundar b Chahal 22
A.Gunarathne St Dhoni b Chahal 34
T.Perera c Dhoni b Chahal 05
S.Pathirana c Dhawan b Kumar 02
A.Dhananjaya C Sharma b Bumrah 11
S.Lakmal not out 11
Extras (2lb, 8w) 11
Total (8 wickets 50 overs) 251
Did not bat: Nuwan Pradeep
Fall of Wicket :1-15, 2-30, 3-62, 4-115, 5-159, 6-166, 7-180,8-207
Bowling : B. Kumar 7-0-31-1, H. Pandya 10-0-39-1, J. Bumrah 10-0-43-2, Y.Chahal 10-0-60-3, W. Sundar 10-0-65-1 ,S. Iyer 1-0-2-0



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