Rohit Sharma extended his record-breaking streak with another milestone during the 2nd T20I encounter against Bangladesh at Rajkot. On a day the Indian stand-in skipper became the first Indian men to appear in 100 Twenty20 Internationals, Rohit scored a scintillating half-century and also became the first player ever to score 2500 T20I runs. The 32-year-old Indian opening batsmen, who started the game just 48 runs short of becoming the first-ever batsman to make 2500 runs in Twenty20 Internationals, needed just 23 deliveries to reach the landmark. India Vs Bangladesh, Live Cricket Score 2nd T20I Match.
The Hitman was already the highest run-scorer in T20Is and extended his tally to 2500-plus runs with a breath-taking fifty against Bangladesh in the second T20I game. The half-century, which came of 23 deliveries and included six boundaries and three massive sixes, was also Rohit’s joint second-fastest half-century in the T20IS. This was also his 18th half-century in T20I cricket and helped him, equal fellow countryman, Virat Kohli’s record of most fifty-plus scored in Twenty20 internationals. Both the Indian batsmen now have 22 fifty-plus scores in T20Is. Of Rohit’s 22 50-plus scored, four have been centuries, while all of Kohli’s scored have been half-centuries. Rishabh Pant’s Faux Pas Behind Stumps in IND vs BAN 2nd T20I: Indian Keeper Catches Ball Before It Crosses Stumps; Twitter Toasts Him.
Rohit, who was dismissed for just nine runs in India’s seven-wicket defeat at the first T20I game in Delhi, scored mostly in boundaries. 42 of 50 runs came in boundaries, which included five boundaries in the space of eight deliveries at one stage. The Indian opener, however, missed breaking his own record of scoring the fastest half-century by one delivery. Rohit’s fastest century cane against West Indies in 2016 when he reached the milestone off just 22 deliveries.
Meanwhile, India restricted Bangladesh to just 153/6 in 20 overs after Rohit had elected to bowl first. Yuzvenbdra Chahal was once again the pick of the bowlers for India with two wickets for just 28 runs in four overs. Bangladesh, who at one stage looked like they were cruising towards a big total, stumbled with the loss of frequent wickets despite stitching a 60-run opening stand in just five overs at the start of their innings.