Rohit Sharma's record ton helps India clinch T20 series

Ruben Hill
November 7, 2018

LUCKNOW, India: Skipper Rohit Sharma smashed his fourth Twenty20 global century - the most by any batsman in the format - to propel India to 192 for two against West Indies on Tuesday.

Virat Kohli, who has been rested from the ongoing three-match Twenty20 global series against West Indies, has found himself embroiled in controversy after a video that has gone viral on social media shows the India captain saying that "those who prefer English and Australian batsmen should not live in India".

Sharma hit an unbeaten 111 off 61 deliveries to power the hosts to 192-2 after being put into bat first in the second T20 at Lucknow's newly built cricket stadium.

The third and final match in the series takes place in Chennai on Sunday.

Rohit, who has scored 2,092 T20I runs so far, is just 11 runs away from edging Kohli, who has been rested for the Windies series, to become India's leading T20I run-scorer.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar missed the first T20 with a stomach bug so he should be fit again to return although any changes to the bowling unit will purely be to rotate as that was their main strength on Sunday with Kuldeep Yadav causing the West Indies' batsmen plenty of issues taking 3 for 13 from 4 overs.

Before Tuesday, Kohli held the record, amassing 2101 runs from 62 T20 matches at an average of 48.88. Shikhar's natural instinct is to put pressure on bowlers.

Lokesh Rahul, unbeaten on 26, had the best view when Sharma reached his century in the last over of the innings with a boundary off his opposite number in Carlos Brathwaite.

The Caribbeans kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Darren Bravo top-scoring with 23.

The West Indies poor form in the one-day matches transferred into the T20s also as they crumbled in the first match and their batting especially was a major weakness and remains a big concern coming into this second game in Lucknow.

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