Rohit Sharmas record ton helps India clinch T20 series

Rohit Sharmas record ton helps India clinch T20 series

The evening belonged to Rohit, who carried on his fabulous form from the one-dayers, in which he scored two centuries, to surpass Virat Kohli as the leading T20 run-getter of the country early in the innings.

Sharma struck 111 not out off 61 deliveries as India amassed 195-2 after being put in to bat in only the second match at Lucknow's newly-built stadium.

Considering that West Indies' pacer Oshane Thomas started off with a maiden, India closing in on 200 was primarily due to Rohit's blitzkrieg, which contributed nearly 57 per cent of the host's total. Khaleel is a different bowler with the new ball.

He is now the second highest scorer in the world behind New Zealand's Martin Guptill, on 2,271 runs.

Rohit, who hit counterpart Carlos Brathwaite for a four in the third ball of the last over to bring up his fourth T20I century - the most by any batsman -now has 2108 runs in the shortest format of the game. "Everyone who came out to watch the game will go home with a smile", Rohit said in the post-match presentation. We took the time initially and when he gets going it's not easy. "I think 120-plus partnership between us was very crucial", the captain said. You know Dhawan's natural instinct is to put pressure on the bowlers, but we chose to take our time.

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

Rohit hit seven sixes and eight fours to post his fourth T20 century, the most by any batsman in the format at worldwide level.

It became bad to worse for the visitors when Kieran Pollard was caught off his own bowling by Jasprit Bumrah.

It has been a complete domination by India after they swept the Test series 2-0 and then won the one-day internationals 3-1.

"We are still trying to find the right opening combination".

"They batted well but even at the halfway stage with them not losing a wicket, we still felt we were one or two wickets away from restricting them to a total close to 170, 180 - we would have been happy with that", he explained. "Hopefully, in the third game we'll put up a better performance and come up with a win".

The victory meant the home side went 2-0 up in the three-match series, having pocketed the opener in Kolkata on Sunday.