Brabourne’s boss puts Windies to the sword

Rohit Sharma now holds a First Class 300, List A 150 and a T20I 100 at the Brabourne Stadium.

India has never lost a One Day International whenever Rohit Sharma has scored 50-plus in the first innings.

So, when ODI cricket returned to the Brabourne Stadium after 12 years, Sharma's spectacular 162 proved to be more than enough as India posted a gigantic 377/5, the best score at the ground. In reply, Windies lost a flurry of wickets in the beginning and couldn't even match Sharma’s individual score handing a 224-run victory to the hosts.

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Typical of a Hitman knock, Sharma took 60 balls for his first fifty, 38 for his second and just 31 for his third. His blitzkrieg at Brabourne was an exhibition of ominous ball-striking as he stroked 20 fours and four maximums. The innings was of greater significance as he became the fourth fastest cricketer to score 21 ODI hundreds.He also became India’s second most prolific six-hitter surpassing Sachin Tendulkar.

"I've grown up playing cricket in Mumbai and more so in CCI," Sharma said. "I understand the pace and bounce here, and you should use it to your advantage. Once you do that, you get value for your shots. I was trying not to hit it too hard, but maintain my shape throughout my innings."

Sharma got together with Ambati Rayudu and both had a 211-run stand for the third wicket. Rayudu scored his third ODI ton helping India post a majestic first innings total. Kuldeep Yadav and Khaleel Ahmed picked up 3 wickets each to decimate Windies for 153 giving India their biggest victory against a Test playing nation.

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