Rohit Sharma continued to break records with his fourth hundred in T20 internationals which scripted India's 71-run victory over the Windies in the second match of the series in Lucknow on Tuesday. The result gave India an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
India won the first T20 match on Sunday thanks largely to their bowling unit restricting the West Indies to a meagre 109/8 but they made hard work of the chase taking 17.5 overs and recovering from 45/4 at one stage.
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.
"Whenever you get an opportunity, you try and do well". Speaking to the media after the match, Ahmed said that he although he was nervous before the game, everything fell into place eventually. We took the time initially and when he gets going it's not easy.
Fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah, along with spinner Kuldeep Yadav, took two wickets each. "I think 120-plus partnership between us was very crucial", the captain said.
Dhawan's luck finally ran out in the 14th over when he was caught by Nicholas Pooran at the long leg boundary off Fabian Allen as the batsman went for a slog sweep.More news: Michigan, Missouri, Utah voters opt to loosen marijuana laws
Sharma then launched an attack as he hit eight fours and seven sixes during his entertaining blitz in front of a raucous home crowd.
Lokesh Rahul, unbeaten on 26, had the best view when Sharma reached his century in the last over of the innings with a boundary off his opposite number in Carlos Brathwaite. Bumrah has been the premier bowler for us and the way we use him in T20s is different to ODIs.
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.
"That being said, we didn't bat as well as wanted to, the batting continues to let us down but again, small positives - Kuldeep went for a bit ... so within a dismal performance there was one or two positives".
Rohit's spell-binding fireworks, an unbeaten 61-ball-111, containing eight fours and seven sixes, enabled him to get his fourth T20 worldwide hundred, the most by any batsman, and guide India to a crushing 71-run victory over West Indies.