Rohit Sharma slams joint fastest T20I century off 35 balls

by Steven Clarke December 23, 2017, 0:25
Rohit Sharma slams joint fastest T20I century off 35 balls

Rohit Sharma equalled the record for the fastest Twenty20 century on Friday as he fired India to an imposing 260 for five in the second match against Sri Lanka in Indore.

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In an incredible display of hitting, rather punishing of the bowlers, the Indian captain smashed 12 fours and 10 sixes during his 43-ball stay at the crease.

This is the second fastest century in the shortest format of the game and also the fastest T20I century by an Indian across all formats.

In the process he raised a 165-run stand for the first wicket, the highest for India, with K.L. Rahul, who scored 89 off 49 balls.

Rohit brought up his hundred only three overs later by slapping Mathews over cover to the boundary after striking four sixes in a Thisara Perera over which cost the Sri Lanka skipper 26 runs. He got his first 50 in 23 balls, and second in just 12.

Sharma, leading India in the absence of the newly-wed regular captain Virat Kohli, matched the record South Africa's David Miller set against Bangladesh in October as he mercilessly took on Sri Lankan bowlers during his century off just 35 balls.

Though India had walloped Sri Lanka on his T20 Internationals captaincy debut, Rohit Sharma had a quiet match with bat.

Legspinner Chahal topped the bowling charts with figures of 4/52 while Kuldeep ended up with 3/52, after being 0/45 in his first three overs. Chris Gayle scored a 20-ball century in the IPL.

Thisara Perera and Nuwan Pradeep picked up two wickets each for Sri Lanka.

10 sixes by Rohit, the most for India, against Sri Lanka, and on Indian soil.

Rohit and Rahul's opening stand of 165 was India's highest in T20s and they were on course to better the overall record of 263-3 set by Australia against the same opponents past year, but a flurry of late wickets denied them.

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