New Delhi: Indian opener Rohit Sharma has etched his name in record books once again. The right-handed batsman scored a century off just 35 balls and thus equalled with South Africa’s middle-order batsman David Miller’s record of fastest century in T20Is. Miller earlier this year achieved the feat against Bangladesh at Potchefstroom.
Rohit, who earlier this week smashed his ODI career’s third double hundred, continued his good form against Sri Lanka. Put to bat first in the second T20I, India got off to a flying start thanks to Rohit’s blistering batting.
The right-hander scored the half-century in 23 balls and the further upped the ante to score next fifty runs off just 12 balls. Rohit reached his T20I career’s second hundred with a boundary off Angelo Mathews.
Rohit was eventually caught at short third-man and thus finished with an individual score of 118 runs off 43 balls. His knock included 12 fours and 10 sixes.
During his impressive knock, Rohit shared 165-run stand for the opening wicket with KL Rahul. It happens to be the highest opening stand for India in T20Is.
Fastest hundreds in T20Is:
35 balls- D Miller v Ban, Potchefstroom, 2017
35 balls- R Sharma v SL, Indore, 2017
45 balls- R Levi v NZ, Hamilton, 2012
46 balls- KL Rahul v WI, Lauderhill, 2016
46 balls- F du Plessis v WI, Joburg, 2015
Earlier, Sri Lanka skipper Thisara Perera won the toss and opted to field. The visitors made a couple of changes in their playing XI by bringing in Sadeera Samarawickrama and Chathuranga de Silva.
India are already 1-0 up in the three-match rubber, having won the opener at Cuttack by 93 runs.