India v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Kolkata November 13, 2014

Rohit 264, Sri Lanka 251


India 404 for 5 (Rohit 264, Kohli 66) beat Sri Lanka 251 (Mathews 75, Thirimanne 59, Kulkarni 4-34) by 153 runs
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Rohit Sharma obliterates ODI record

Rohit Sharma's first ODI in 10-weeks began with a touch of nerves. He was even kept scoreless in one Angelo Mathews maiden. By the end of the innings, his batting had become cartoonish. There was no shot he had not played. No part of the ground he had not exploited. No bowler who escaped his brutality. Rohit amassed 45 more runs than any ODI batsman had ever managed in an innings, finishing on 264 from 173 balls when he was finally caught off the last ball of the innings. India, almost incidentally, had moved to 404 for 5, despite having travelled at a run rate of less than six for the first 32 overs.

Rohit's innings was so ludicrous that the first 100 runs, which were hit at a run-a-ball, seems achingly humdrum in comparison to the 164 that followed. The surge had actually begun before he reached his century, when he plundered 14 runs in four balls, in Nuwan Kulasekara's 30th over. Soon after that, the ball would be leaping off the middle of his bat with almost every stroke he offered.

There were many incredible shots, from among his 33 fours and nine sixes, but the most gobsmacking was the six off Kulasekara at the end of the 48th over, when he walked across to off stump, took a half volley from about a foot and half away from him and flicked it high over the midwicket boundary. It was the kind of shot, and innings, that seemed in open defiance of physics.

Sri Lanka had played a tour match against Mumbai to warm-up for the series, but little did they know Rohit was warming-up against them. He hit 145 from 111 in that match - his first competitive game since fracturing a finger in August - and he has now re-embedded himself at the top of the India batting order in the most resounding fashion imaginable.

The most dispiriting aspect of the flogging for Sri Lanka was their complicity in it. Shaminda Eranga had extracted a thick outside edge from Rohit in the fifth over, and though the ball carried comfortably to Thisara Perera at third man, he shelled the chance. Having been dropped on 4, Rohit would become the third India centurion this series to have been reprieved early in his innings. It makes sense, then, that since he hit a double-century, he should be dropped twice. Seekkuge Prasanna obliged him, when he shelled another straightforward chance off Rohit in the 46th over, with the batsman on 201 this time.

Kulasekara had strayed too straight to Rahane, in particular, who picked him off for a spate of leg-side fours to kick the India innings into gear, in a 14-run first over. Angelo Mathews and Eranga delivered more disciplined new-ball spells, claiming a wicket each inside the first 15 overs, but that is as good as the visitors' bowling effort got. Sri Lanka's lines and lengths worsened gradually from the 20th over onwards, until they had become almost farcical by the 35th over.

Another beautifully orchestrated batting Powerplay from India - between the 30th and 34th overs - brought them 67 runs, and was enough to hammer the Sri Lanka bowlers off their rhythm for the rest of the innings. Short, wide deliveries, thigh-high full tosses and rank long hops were presented with alarming regularity, and the fielding was almost as woeful. Sri Lanka had not expected to begin the series strongly, given their lack of preparation, but in these two disciplines, they have actually worsened significantly through the tour.

Having been joined at 59 for 2, Kohli and Rohit put on 202 brisk runs together, before miscommunication between the wickets saw Kohli run out for 66. That wasn't even the most astounding partnership of the India innings. When Rohit and Robin Uthappa came together in the 41st over, the score was 276 for 4. They would put on 128 runs in 58 balls together. Out of that, Uthappa's contribution was a run-a-ball 16.

By the time Rohit hit Kulasekara down Mahela Jayawardene's throat at long-off, the record for most fours struck in an innings had also tumbled, and Rohit was in possession of half the ODI scores over 200. One record he missed out on by one delivery, was Sunil Gavaskar's record for most balls faced. Gavaskar had made 36 not out.

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. Tillakaratne Dilshan was still visibly out of sorts, but he still outlived his next two partners. Dinesh Chandimal drove Stuart Binny uppishly to cover and Mahela Jayawardene was trapped in front by Umesh Yadav. When Dilshan himself fell, giving a catch to short cover off his leading edge, even the slim hopes Sri Lanka had of running down the total were effectively extinguished.

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. But the Powerplay came, and both he and Thirimanne fell to Kulkarni, within four balls, 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.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • Naresh28 on November 18, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    WELL DONE ROHIT!!!! Another odi double hundred. His first was against Oz. Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli and Rahane are more than likely they ones who have taken over from our past greats. Shewag, Laxman, Dravid, Tendulkar and Ganguly are now past memories. Good to see Akshar Patel cement his place with some outsanding ball performances. We have stacks of batting potential to tap on :- Naman Ohja, Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Uthappa - these guys need to kept in the mix by sending them on A-tours outside India.

  • android_user on November 16, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    @figicricket , so you mean players from Australia become a star in India on Indian pitches. don't they look school boy. they looked more than a school boy in recent series against pak. they were like kid in last test series against India. the only exception comes to my mind was England who defeated India in India 2 _ 1 . otherwise all teams are good at home and kid on foreign soil.

  • android_user on November 16, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    runs are run. it has to be scored. even ponting also played a lot of matches in this flat track but could not score much. why people is not understanding that only playing 173 balls on any pitch is a great feat. and only scoring few runs with strike rate above 150 is amazing. rohit did both in same inning.

  • CricketFanIndUS on November 16, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    Just to set the record straight, Rohit gave a chance when he was on 4, and that was a regulation catch at third man. The next two lives were sort of difficult catches on the boundary, after he crossed his double century. One of those catches came off a no ball that was not judged a no ball. Instead of looking at the chances he got, just look at the artistry in his shots. It is not every day that cricketers from around the world praise a player's knock like they did this past week.

  • Silverbails on November 16, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    Great knock, Rohit! Sadly, this terrific form is saved purely for the batsman - friendly wickets in India. He's rather frustratingly never had this kind of form outside of India. If he gets scores like this in overseas matches, then things would definitely be looking much better in the world of Indian Cricket! Come on India: let's make it 5 - 0 against the Lankans!!

  • dummy4fb on November 15, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Congrats to Rohit for scoring the highest ODI score, but it is nothing extraordinary to score this phenomenal amount of runs in ODI cricket today, especially in flat tracks in India. I wonder if somebody can emulate Mohinder Amarnath, who after getting battered and bruised by the West Indies quicks such as Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, and Joel Garner came out unstuck and scored over 500 runs in that series, and that too without wearing a helmet. Just prior to that he countered the fiery Imran Khan and Sarfraz Nawaz in a test series in Pakistan and came out successful and scoring over 500 runs. If Rohit can do it in Australian pitches, then I sure would salute him.

  • dummy4fb on November 15, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Well done rohit. India need some batsmen like you.

  • dummy4fb on November 15, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    What an inings and really wonderfull

  • dummy4fb on November 15, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Don't understand why people think Rohat take advantage of home condition. Question for all who think like that they are not like us, these are called professianal cricketers if Rohat can do ths why not Dilshan or Jawerdana or Sangakara ?

    Please stop this non-sense he set a new record just accept it. he played a brilliant innings - comments from a Pakistani Fan and well played Rohat

  • vkumar_086 on November 15, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Dhawan- 28 years, Rohit- 27 years, Rahane- 26 years, Kohli- 26 years, Raina- 27 years, Dhoni- 32 years, Jadeja- 26 years, Axar- 20 years, Uthappa- 27 years, Bhuvi- 23 years, Shami- 22 years, Umesh- 26 years, Ishant- 26 years, Karn sharma- 27 years, Ashwin- 26 years, Varun aaron- 26 average age of team members is 25 years....this team is full of youngsters, only Dhoni is crossed 30 years age and all other players are at max 27 years...with this YOUNG team, India won Champions trophy in seaming conditions of England...and im sure within 2-3 years this team will become strong in tests also...great future TEAM INDIA having when compared to other teams...

    @Khas348750380....thanx bro for your love on Indian cricket (especially Kohli & Rohit)...very rare positive comment from a Pakistani fan....stay blessed friend...