BULAWAYO, May 30, 2010 (AFP) – A chilly day in Africa but not for Indian cricketers as batsman Rohit Sharma hit his second century in successive matches to secure a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a tri-nation series.
Sharma’s first century was against Zimbabwe on Friday in a match which the home side won by six wickets. But his winning “double” hundred here Sunday ensured victory against old foes Sri Lanka.
Sent in to bat by India captain Suresh Raina, Sri Lanka struggled against the inexperienced Indians to reach 242 all out in 49.5 overs. This target was all too easy for India and they passed it with 39 balls to spare.
“This was one of the best innings of my career because it is never easy to chase in one-day matches,” said Sharma.
“We knew we had to bounce straight back after the Zimbabwe match.”
Sri Lanka captain Tillekeratne Dilshan added: “The two early run-outs cost us a lot because we felt we needed a score of at least 280 runs.
“The runs we did get were not enough for a good defence.”
Now the rejuvenated Indians are back on track in the series and instead of being under pressure to survive they have the look of victors about them.
Man-of-the-match Sharma’s 100 came up