Mohali: Skipper Rohit Sharma‘s double century guided India to a 141-run win in their second one-day international against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, levelling the series 1-1 in Mohali.
The visitors were restricted to 251-8 in pursuit of their 393-run target. Angelo Mathews top-scored with an unbeaten 111 while Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed three wickets.
But it was Sharma’s unbeaten 208 off 153 balls that stood out with the opener becoming the only ODI batsman in history to score three double tons. In the process to hit double ton, Sharma also surpassed multiple records as India set a target of 390 runs.
Rohit is also the first captain to score a double hundred. Co-incidentally, among his three double tons, Sharma has scored two against Sri Lanka.
The Mumbai right-hander, who was recalled to the Test team, got to the coveted double off 151 balls in grand style in the 49th over. In his breathtaking knock, he hit 13 fours and 11 sixes.
While Rohit got off to a slow start what is astounding is his quick rate of conversion. In one over he hit Suranga Lakmal for four sixes and rocketed from to. In 36 balls he added his second hundred runs.
The other batsmen to score a double hundred in ODI cricket are Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag.