Rohit Sharma's blazing ton leads India to easy win over hapless Windies


Windies captain Carlos Brathwaite won the toss and invited India to bat first.

Having elected to field, West Indies initially managed to restrain Rohit and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, conceding only nine runs in the first four overs. India thus, took a 2-0 lead in the 3-0match series by virtue of this win.

India captain Rohit Sharma smashed a blistering century to help the team secure a series-clinching 71-run victory over West Indies in the second Twenty20 global in Lucknow on Tuesday.

Hitman's knock also saw him overtake Pakistan's Shoaib Malik and New Zealand's Brendon McCullum to grab the second spot on the list of batsmen with the most runs in T20 internationals.

The openers will be keen to get some runs under their belt in this format as Darwan especially has been struggling in T20s of late so there is pressure on the top order to get them off to a better start in this game whether they set a total or chase. "I had read the pitch well when we were batting", said Khaleel, who is still fine-tuning certain areas in his bowling. While the match was setup by Rohit Sharma, who produced yet another scintillating ton to help India amass 195/2, the bowlers did their bit as well restricting the Windies to 124/9.

Dhawan, who survived a dropped catch on 28, finally fell to spinner Fabien Allen as Nicholas Pooran took a diving catch at long leg.

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Sharma then launched an attack as he hit eight fours and seven sixes during his entertaining blitz in front of a raucous home crowd. Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed struck in his first and third overs to remove two risky batsmen, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer, cheaply and retard the run rate. Always hard to take catches off the back foot like the one we just saw.

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

"It didn't work batting wise in these two games".

"We are still trying to find the right opening combination. Hopefully in the third game, we'll put up a better performance", said the Windies skipper.

Rohit's spell-binding fireworks, an unbeaten 61-ball-111, containing eight fours and seven sixes, enabled him to get his fourth T20 global hundred, the most by any batsman, and guide India to a crushing 71-run victory over West Indies.