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India bounce back with Rohit's historic double ton

India bounce back with Rohit's historic double ton

He is the reason why India scored 392/4 and now Sri Lanka is playing and already lost 4 wickets in 124 runs.

The 30-year-old added 115 with fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan, who made 68, to build a solid base for India and then added 213 for the second with fellow Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer, who scored 88 in what was his second ODI. Chasing a victory target of 393 set by India today, Sri Lanka were all out at 251 for 8.

Earlier, leading the hosts in the absence of rested skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit laid waste to the Sri Lankan bowling with his third double ton, hitting 13 fours and 12 sixes. "I've said it many times, but I honestly can not pick one", Sharma said of his three double tons.

India batsman Rohit Sharma has scored his third ODI double century - all the more remarkable considering no other batsman in the world has more than one.

The three quick wickets brought in the experienced Mathews, who anchored the 53-run fourth wicket stand with stumper Niroshan Dickwella (22) before leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal got rid of the southpaw.

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Rohit started the innings in a typical fashion and took time to settle down, but the signs that he was in for something special came when he seemed unfazed about the length balls and hit them for boundaries easily. Sharma's first 50 came in 65 balls whereas Dhawan reached half century in just 47 balls.

Result: India won by 141 runs.

Martin Guptill (New Zealand), Virender Sehwag (India), Chris Gayle (West Indies) and Sachin Tendulkar (India) have recorded a double century each in ODI cricket.

While becoming the first player on the globe to surpass the 200-run mark "three times" in one-day internationals (ODIs), Rohit took India to a big total of 392 at the loss of four wickets in the given overs.

On the second ball of the 44th over, Lakmal bowled a full toss on his pads which Rohit was more than happy to smash it over the long-on fence after shuffling across his crease. The right-hander finished unbeaten on 208 off just 153 balls and became the second captain to register a double ton in ODI.


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