India skipper Rohit Sharma took the cricketing world by storm as he recorded his historic third ODI double ton to guide India to a series-levelling 141-run victory in the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Mohali on Wednesday (December 13).
Coming into the second match after a humiliating loss in Dharamsala ODI, Team India needed a win to stay alive in the series and Rohit Sharma led from the front, becoming the first batsman in cricket history to score three ODI double centuries.
Rohit started his innings patiently but soon after notching up his 16th ODI ton he become a different beast altogether. During his record-shattering 208* off 153 balls, the Hitman smashed 12 gigantic sixes in addition to 13 fours. However, the highlight of Rohit's fire show was in the 44th over when he pummelled Lankan pacer Suranga Lakmal for four consecutive sixes in an over.
While Rohit stole the show with yet another breathtaking knock, Shikhar Dhawan (68 off 67) and rookie Shreyas Iyer (88 off 70) played the supporting role to perfection. The Men in Blue virtually batted the Sri Lankans out of the game by posting a mammoth 392 on the board.
Chasing a massive total, Sri Lanka could only manage 251-8 in their 50 overs as off-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal scalped 3 wickets while Jasprit Bumrah picked up 2. The series-deciding ODI will be played at Visakhapatnam on Sunday (December 17).