Rohit Sharma triples double joy

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Mohali:Rohit Sharma's record third double hundred guided India to register a 141-run victory over Sri Lanka to tie the three-match series at 1-1 here at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera (capt), Sachith Pathirana, Suranga Lakmal, Akila Dananjaya, Nuwan Pradeep.

Earlier, put into bat, India scored 392 for 4 in 50 overs which is the highest score by any team in Mohali. "I can keep talking about the batting that we did today, right from the start, with Shikhar (Dhawan) giving us a brilliant start, and Shreyas Iyer - it didn't look like he was only playing his second ODI", Rohit said. This turned out to be Rohit's third double hundred in ODI cricket (four others have one each) and he became only the second captain to crack a double ton in the 50-over format.

His knock of 208 not came off 153 balls with 13 fours and 12 sixes. That's until Rohit Sharma made a decision to show the Sri Lankans that the collapse in the first ODI was an exception, the rule (almost) being that when the going gets tough, he gets going with double hundreds.

India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal then took 3-60 as the hosts restricted Sri Lanka to 8-251 to square the three-match series at 1-1.

His breathtaking knock included a dozen sixes and 13 boundaries as he literally toyed with the opposition bowlers.

As a result, the CA XI was awarded five extra runs.

Rohit Sharma stepped into a realm few can attempt.

The day belonged to Sharma, who rewrote history by becoming the first batsman to score three double centuries in ODIs. His first hundred came off 115 balls, his second off just 36 balls.

In the remaining 10 overs, Sharma faced 37 deliveries but scored a jaw-dropping 107 off them and India added 147 to their total in this period. But everyone will agree that it was Rohit Sharma who was the star of the show.

The 30-year-old Rohit had nudged his way to his century off 115 balls by the end of the 40th over and then went on to thump 107 more off his final 37 balls.