Rohit hits record ton as India beat West Indies again

Doug Mendoza
November 8, 2018

Skipper Carlos Brathwaite on Tuesday tried desperately to search for the positives after West Indies crashed to a 71-run defeat to India in the second Twenty20 worldwide, to record their fourth straight series defeat inside the last 12 months. He put on 123 runs with opening partner Shikhar Dhawan - who made 43 - to pummel the West Indian bowling after paceman Oshane Thomas started with a maiden over.

The right-hander's unbeaten 111 off 61 balls powered India to a commanding 195 for two wickets, and he returned to marshal his bowlers who restricted the tourists to 124-9 to earn an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Rohit has now been involved in hundred-run partnerships on eight occasions, surpassing the record of seven such stands he jointly held with Martin Guptill of New Zealand and Alex Hales of England. Whenever you get an opportunity you do your best. Everyone who came to watch the game will go home with a smile. "I had read the pitch well when we were batting", said Khaleel, who is still fine-tuning certain areas in his bowling.

He and Shikhar Dhawan posted 123 runs for opening wicket to provide a flawless platform after West Indies started off promisingly with paceman Oshane Thomas bowling a maiden Dhawan got to a somewhat sedate 43 (41b, 4x3) before being caught by Nicholas Pooran off the bowling of Allen at long-leg, but there was no respite for the visitors thereafter as the Indians pressed on the gas pedal to dictate terms.

"You know Dhawan's natural instinct is to put pressure on the bowlers, but we chose to take our time".

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Ahmed bowled Hope in his very first over and then got the unsafe Hetmyer caught at long on, three overs later, with his left-arm pace. Always hard to take catches off the back foot like the one we just saw.

West Indies' misery in the two-month long tour was compounded as they suffered yet another series defeated after losing the Test series 0-2 and subsequently the one dayers by 1-3 margin. Two consecutive ones, one from a slog sweep and another with a straighter bat, off left-arm spinner Fabian Allen left the whole stadium awestruck.

"Our batting continues to let us down.We are still trying to find our best opening combination", said Brathwaite.

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