Rohit double century pummels Sri Lanka in Mohali
India 392-4 (Rohit 208) beat
Sri Lanka 251-8 (Mathews 111no) by 141 runs
Second One-Day International in Mohali
Rohit Sharma went on to notch his third double century as India bounced back from their dismal performance in the first game with a massive 141 run victory in the second One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Mohali to level the series 1-1.
Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to field first for the second time in the series with a hope to exploit the early conditions.
Dhawan set the tone for innings
As a contrasting start to the Dharamsala game, Indian openers showed a lot of patience this time in leaving deliveries outside the off stump. But with the pitch in Mohali not having the same movement as in the other game it was a matter of time the boundaries started coming. Rohit (208 not out) broke the deadlock with a boundary each in the fourth and fifth over but it was Shikhar Dhawan (68), who stole the show as he stepped up the ante with five boundaries in a span of three overs to reach his 23rd ODI fifty. Both Dhawan and Rohit brought their 12th hundred run stand in the ODIs and a solid platform was laid for the middle order.
Confident Iyer, Rohit keep Sri Lanka clueless
Dhawan's innings ended when he was caught at mid wicket off Sachith Pathirana (1-63) ending the 115 run opening stand but nevertheless, Shreyas Iyer (88) on his just second game exhibited a lot of maturity and showed he belongs here with a fluent 70 run knock. The highlight of the knock was that he was able to pick the mystery spinner Akila Danajaya (0-51) with ease and with the odd boundaries coming, the pressure was eased off Rohit at the other end. With not much happening on the pitch, Sri Lanka were opting for one over spells from the bowlers but it proved in vain as the duo shared 213 runs. Iyer's maiden fifty came at run a ball while Rohit brought his ton off 115 deliveries as India reached 245 for one in 40 overs.
A 36-ball century!
The Indian skipper took 115 deliveries for his first century but in a complete shift of momentum, he owned the final 10 overs completely and took just 36 deliveries for the second ton and now has three double centuries in ODIs when no one else is having even two. The 36 delivery knock in the later part of the game had a total of 11 sixes and four boundaries and four of the maximums came in the 44th over from Suranga Lakmal (0-71). He needed nine runs off the final over to reach the milestone and showed no nerves as he hit a six followed by a couple of doubles to reach the landmark and what was pleasing in his innings was there was hardly a slog but was greatly aided by a confused Sri Lankan attack. India went on to post a massive total of 392 for four in the 50 overs.
Early wickets dent Sri Lanka
With Indian new ball attack keeping things tight, Sri Lanka struggled to get the start they wanted. Upul Tharanga (7) was caught in the covers off Hardik Pandya (1-39) while Jasprit Bumrah (2-43) had Danushka Gunathilaka (16) caught behind on the leg side. Debutant Washington Sundar (1-65) had a dream start when he castled Lahiru Thirimanne (21) and Sri Lanka were down to 115 for four in the 23rd over when Yuzvendra Chahal (3-60) joined the wicket-taking act to send Niroshan Dickwella (22) back.
Lone warrior Mathews
Angelo Mathews (111 not out) remained solid despite wickets falling at the other end. He was left in two minds as Sri Lanka's chances of winning the game was long gone by with the early wickets and the required run rate even crossed 11 at halfway mark. With not much chances of claiming the game, the veteran all-rounder did managed to bat the overs out and struck nine boundaries and three sixes during what was his just second ODI century - both coming against India. His knock helped Sri Lanka reduce the losing margin but he was seen limping at the end of the game and Sri Lanka will be desperately hoping he will be fine for the decider on Sunday.
The 141-run win has helped India level the series 1-1 with Rohit without any surprise taking the man of the match award.
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