Tamil Diplomat

Record breaking Rohit’s knock enough to beat Sri Lanka

Rohit Sharma established a new World Record for the highest individual ODI score.

Rohit Sharma created history by hitting the highest individual ODI score with an incredible knock of 264 to set the stage for a huge Indian victory over Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

Returning after a 10-week injury layoff, nothing went wrong for Sharma since he was dropped on four by Thisara Perera, as he paced his innings beautifully before exploding against the hapless looking Sri Lankan attack, smashing 173-ball 264 studded with 33 boundaries and nine sixes. His knock powered India to 404 runs.

In the process, Sharma also broke his compatriot Virender Sehwag’s earlier record of 219 runs, which he had set against West Indies in 2011.

Sharma also became the first and only batsman to register two double centuries in ODIs. He also hit record number of boundaries during his innings as India beat tourists by 153 runs.

In their essay Sri Lanka’s chances of running down the total were effectively extinguished when Tillakaratne Dilshan fell as the fourth man out in the tenth over.

Kusal Perera attempted to pull a short ball from way outside off stump and ended up scooping a catch to midwicket to collect his second duck of the series. Dilshan was still visibly out of sorts, but he still outlived his next two partners. Dinesh Chandimal drove Roger Binny uppishly to cover and Mahela Jayawardene was trapped in front by Umesh Yadav. Dilshan fell, giving a catch to short cover off his leading edge.

Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne forged a 118-run stand for the fifth wicket, with Mathews hitting 75 off 68, and Thirimanne making 59 upon his return to the side. But even as the batsmen progressed briskly by usual standards, the run-rate kept on climbing, until it was above 11, when the pair were separated in the 29th over. Thisara came in to bludgeon 29, scoring 23 of those off a Karn Sharma over. Both Perera and Thirimanne fell to Kulkarni, within four balls, during the Powerplay to usher in the tail. Kulkarni removed two more from the lower order to finish with 4 for 34, and India completed yet another crushing victory.