Rohit Sharma scales new heights against Pakistan

The opener recorded the highest score in an India-Pakistan World Cup match and scored the fastest 50 of his career.

Rohit Sharma's scintillating form in the World Cup continued as he shattered a few records on his way to his century against Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.

Put in to bat, India made the most of the opportunity with a 136-run opening stand between Sharma and KL Rahul before the latter succumbed in the 24th over. While Rahul held on to his end, Sharma blazed to a 34-ball 50, his fastest in One Day Internationals yet.

Sharma, who was picked by ARCS Andheri in the inaugural season of T20 Mumbai, then eased off a bit as he went on to raise his ton in just 85 deliveries. He then upped his pace, and ended with 140 off just 113 balls, helped by 14 fours and 3 sixes. His first maximum sent him past MS Dhoni's tally of 355 sixes making the Mumbai lad the highest six-scorer in international cricket by an Indian.

His 140 also stands as the highest individual score in an India-Pakistan match in the World Cup and his best in the tournament yet.

It was Rohit Sharma's fifth straight fifty-plus score in ODIs and his second hundred in this edition of the World Cup.

"Rohit is in a very good space. His head is assessing it like a matured player," observed Sachin Tendulkar during a broadcast presentation. "The way he was playing, it didn't feel like he was hurrying up. A couple of times the hurriedness was evident, but it was only in running between the wickets. Not during batting, he was fully in control.

"मुंबईच्या भाषेत याला म्हणतात की पाकिस्तानची थोडक्यात वाट लावली (In Mumbai's language, you say 'Pakistan are in a bit of a bother')," he summed up with a laugh.

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