Rohit Sharma falls 3 short of record century in India’s 100th T20I

first_imgRohit Sharma was terribly off colour for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League but he found his magic in India colours. However, he fell three short of his third hundred in the T20 International format during the first match against Ireland in Dublin.Rohit was dismissed for 97 off 61 balls by Peter Chase in the final over of the Indian innings. India, thanks to Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (74) posted a challenging 208/5 off their 20 overs.New Zealand’s Colin Munro is the only other batsman who has three hundreds in T20 Internationals. Rohit came agonizingly close but India would be happy their ODI and T20I talisman found form shortly before the England tour starts.Rohit and Dhawan were involved in a 160-run opening partnership against Ireland’s hapless bowling attack. The pair was separated when Dhawan fell to Kevin O’Brien for 80. They fell 11 runs short of the highest ever opening partnership in T20Is.MATCH UPDATESHad Rohit got the hundred, it would have completed a remarkable set for him. The opener had scored the joint-fastest T20I hundred against Sri Lanka late last year, getting to the milestone in 35 balls.The Mumbai stylist was in poor form during the IPL but it was primarily due to a change in his batting position. Mumbai Indians were the defending champions before the start of the 2018 IPL season but Rohit had failed to inspire his team, managing only 286 runs from 14 matches.Rohit was also dropped for the one-off Test against Afghanistan after a spate of poor performances in red-ball cricket.advertisementHowever, on Wednesday, as India began their tour of Ireland and England, Rohit once again asserted his authority in the shorter formats.Rohit is the only man with three double hundreds in ODIs. He scored a double ton against Australia in 2013 before a world record 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014 at the Eden Gardens. He then smashed an unbeaten 208 against the same opponents in Mohali.last_img

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