India vs West Indies 2nd ODI: Rohit Sharma’s magical 159 brings India level

Rohit Sharma 159 India West Indies 2nd ODI Visakhapatnam cricket

Rohit Sharma scored his 28th ODI century

Image courtesy of: Faheem Hussain / Sportzpics for BCCI

India opener Rohit Sharma smashed a breathtaking 159 to lead his side to a 107-run win over the West Indies in Visakhapatnam.

Being put in to bat first, India got off to an incredible start as Rohit and Lokesh Rahul amassed a 227-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their hundreds.

Rahul ended up making a 104-ball 102, which included eight boundaries and three sixes, before he was caught by Roston Chase at third man off the bowling of Alzarri Joseph.

India captain Virat Kohli fell for a golden duck, while Rohit went on to score a 138-ball 159, which included 17 boundaries and five sixes, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Sheldon Cottrell.

Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant added 73 runs to the score before Pant was sent packing by Keemo Paul for a 16-ball 39.

With Iyer proceeding to score a 32-ball 53, which included three boundaries and four sixes, India finished on 387/5.

Cottrell was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Paul, Joseph and West Indies captain Kieron Pollard chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 388 to win, the West Indies got off to a strong start as Evin Lewis and Shai Hope put together a 61-run stand before Lewis was dismissed by Shardul Thakur for 30.

Shimron Hetmyer and Roston Chase fell soon after, but Hope and Nicholas Pooran steadied things with a 106-run partnership.

Pooran ended up making 75, which came off 47 balls and included six boundaries and six sixes, before he was removed by Mohammed Shami.

Pollard fell the very next ball, while Hope went on to score an 85-ball 78, which included seven boundaries and three sixes, before he was sent packing by Kuldeep Yadav, who took out Jason Holder and Joseph in the next two deliveries to complete a hat-trick.

Despite Keemo Paul walloping a 42-ball 46 and Khary Pierre making 21, the West Indies fell well short of their target as they were bowled out for 280.

Shami and Kuldeep took three wickets apiece, while Ravindra Jadeja got two and Thakur claimed one.

Rohit was named Man of the Match.

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