India’s performance in the first One Day International in the current series against Sri Lanka was disappointing. The team, with help from Rohit Sharma, has certainly redeemed itself, and has now equalized the series against Sri Lanka.
India won the ODI by 141 runs. The final score ended with India at 392/4 in 50 overs, and Sri Lanka with 251/8 in 50 overs.
Player of the Match – Rohit Sharma
There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Rohit Sharma would receive the distinction of Player of the Match.
Rohit made 208 runs not out off of 153 balls at the Mohali match. This was Rohit’s third double century. His previous double hundred took place in November 2014 when he made 264 runs off of 173 balls in a match against Sri Lanka. Rohit’s first double century took place in November 2013 where he made 209 runs off of 158 balls.
“It was a great day,” said Rohit Sharma. “Winning the game was important for me, and for the team. After the loss at Dharamsala, it was necessary to come back, and what a comeback it was. Shikhar gave us a perfect start and Shreyas Iyer, playing his second match, just didn’t look like he was playing only his second match.”
Rohit said that he is dedicating this knock to his wife because “she is my strength and keeps supporting me.”
Sri Lanka Comments
Sri Lanka’s Thisera Perara noted that Rohit “batted really well.”
He further noted: “Unfortunately, our bowling did not click, which was the main reason for our defeat.”
Perara noted that while there were negatives, the team would take the positives and make use of them in future games.
Indian Cricket Team Achieves a Milestone
This second ODI match marked 100 matches in which India scored 300 or more. The Indian cricket team was the first team to do so. Australia comes next with scores of 300 or more in 96 ODIs.