India captain Rohit Sharma. Photo: BCCI
India captain Rohit Sharma. Photo: BCCI

India captain Rohit Sharma’s belligerent 111 powered the hosts to a formidable total of 195/2, after being put into bat by West Indies in the second T20I at the rechristened Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Tuesday.

Rohit, who brought up his fourth T20I century, the most by any batsman in international cricket, had to weather some good fast bowling by the West Indies pacers, Oshane Thomas, who began the innings with a maiden over, and Keemo Paul.

Rohit and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan were watchful at the start with just 11 runs coming off the first three overs. Rohit broke the shackles in the fourth over when spin was introduced, taking his first boundary off spinner Khary Pierre. Thomas’ next over yielded 17 runs, shifting the momentum in India’s favour.

Dhawan meanwhile, played a good supporting role, as the duo conjured a 123-run partnership for the opening wicket. In the interim, Rohit went past Virat Kohli, rested for the series, to become the highest run-getter in T20Is for India, while Dhawan reached 1000 runs to become the sixth Indian batsmen to achieve the milestone.

The opening stand was broken in the 14th over when Nicholas Pooran, playing in place of Rovman Powell for the West Indies in this match, took a good catch in the deep after diving to complete the catch. Dhawan departed for 43-ball 41 to give Fabian Allen his first wicket.

Rishabh Pant didn’t add much to India’s score after departing for just five off Pierre. It took a 62-run partnership for the third wicket between Rohit, who smashed eight boundaries and seven sixes in his 61-ball 111* and KL Rahul (14-ball 26), as the duo were able to notch the mammoth target.

For West Indies, pacer Thomas was the most economical bowler with 1/27 in his four. Fabian Allen picked a wicket in his four over and went for 33 runs.

Brief scores: India 195/2 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 111*, Shikhar Dhawan 43) versus West Indies