2nd ODI (D/N), Mohali, December 13, 2017, Sri Lanka tour of India
(50 ov, T:393) 251/8

India won by 141 runs

Player Of The Match
208* (153)
Full commentary
end of over 502 runs
SL: 251/8CRR: 5.02 
Suranga Lakmal11 (22b)
Angelo Mathews111 (132b 9x4 3x6)
Shreyas Iyer 1-0-2-0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9-0-40-1

7.43pm Phew, what a day. A tiring day for Rohit, who scored 208*, but that's nothing compared to the effort of typing as many words as Deiva and I have typed, in this concentrated span of time. I am off to rest my aching fingers now. Hope you enjoyed our coverage, and do keep coming back. Until next time, good night!

Rohit Sharma: "It was a great day. Winning the game was important for me and the team after that loss in Dharamsala. I can keep talking about the batting that we did today, right from the start, with Shikhar giving us a brilliant start, and Shreyas Iyer - it didn't look like he was only playing his second ODI. There was dew later, so it was important to get that big total. If I'm not wrong, the first 100 I got were around the 38th, 39th over, so I was telling myself, if I get that far, I'm not going to get out. I was only looking to keep my shape and hit through the line. It was the same thing I did in my first two 200s. I started off pretty slow then too. Very difficult to pick one. All three came at crucial times. 264 is obviously very close to me. I've said it many times, but I honestly cannot pick one. The Australia one was a decider, the Sri Lanka 264 - I came back after a three-month layoff after a big injury, and this one also - after a humiliating loss, we wanted to come back as a team, as a batting unit especially. I'm happy [my wife] is here with me on this special day. I know she would have liked this gift from me. She's been my strength, she's always been there for me. You go through so much stress in this sport, and having them around is always special. This is our second anniversary, but more than that, we won the game. We were determined to do the right things in the middle, and right till the end we did that. As a group we're looking forward to [Vizag]. The conditions will be different, and again we have to adapt and play to our strengths. Not the ideal conditions for [Washington] to bowl, but this is how he will learn. He showed promise, and he has shown it before too, in the IPL. We want to back young players like Washington, we don't want to put too much pressure on them. I'm sure he must have learned a lot from this game, bowling with the wet ball and so on, and I wish him all the luck."

Thisara Perera: "Unfortunately our bowling didn't click. Especially Rohit batted really well. That is cricket. We will take positives from this match and flush out the negatives. We had a Plan A and B and C as well - it didn't click. That's why I said Rohit batted really well. If we want to chase this kind of score, we need a good start, and middle order as well. Both parts didn't click, but Angelo did well in the batting part. We will come back well in the third ODI."

Shikhar Dhawan: "I was happy with my flow today. Would have loved to continue, but I really enjoyed my game today and gave my team a good start. We also thought it was going to be a bit more damp. It was coming a bit slow, but I still knew I could play my shots and disturb the bowlers' line and length, which helped me as well as Rohit to go a long way. I knew, because their strength was to bowl on one good area - they have been bowling to me at 5th or 6th stump on a length where I cannot cut or drive - so I tried to step out to disturb their length. It's a bit of a risk, but I enjoy taking risks. At the start, Rohit took his time, and then later on he started hitting boundaries. Once I was out, I knew he was going to score a big innings. Hats off to him, the way he has played, and three double-centuries is a big thing."

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Chintan : "I thought seven double hundreds have been scored!!! Sachin, Sehwag, Guptill, Gayle and Sharma (3)." -- Small miscalculation on my part :)

Vishal: "This was the 8th ODI double century. Don't forget the one by Belinda Clark. " -- Yes, yes. Apologies.

7.21pm This match ended as a contest at least two hours ago, but if India were looking for an early finish, Angelo Mathews has denied them with a stubborn hundred. These things count. But what a day for India, and what a day, especially, for Rohit Gurunath Sharma. There have only been six seven double-hundreds in the history of men's ODI cricket, and this man has scored three of them. Should the commentators award someone else Player of the Match, just for laughs?

Shreyas Iyer to Lakmal, no run

another good-length ball, on off stump, defended back towards the bowler and Lakmal will end this not out.

Shreyas Iyer to Lakmal, no run

lbw appeal as Lakmal presses forward to defend and plays outside the line, playing for turn. Not out, says Paul Reiffel, and India don't review. Looked quite close to me

Shreyas Iyer to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

nice length again, wider outside off, driven to long-off

Shreyas Iyer to Angelo Mathews, no run

another well-pitched legbreak on middle stump, slides on with the angle. Blocked back to the bowler

Shreyas Iyer to Lakmal, 1 run

back of a length now, goes back to whip it wristily to long-on

Shreyas Iyer to Lakmal, no run

good ball to start, flighted and lands on a good length close to off stump. Presses forward to late-cut, but it turns less than expected and hits pad flap before bat

The last over will be bowled by... Shreyas Iyer! He bowls legbreaks, presumably.

end of over 493 runs
SL: 249/8CRR: 5.08 RRR: 144.00
Angelo Mathews110 (130b 9x4 3x6)
Suranga Lakmal10 (18b)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9-0-40-1
Washington Sundar 10-0-65-1
Bhuvneshwar to Angelo Mathews, no run

bouncer over off stump, bounces loopily to Dhoni after Mathews shapes to pull before deciding to leave

Bhuvneshwar to Angelo Mathews, no run

back of a length, close to off stump, defended back to the bowler

Bhuvneshwar to Lakmal, 1 run

bouncer over off stump, and he's extremely early on this pull. Hits the cue-end of his bat and rolls down to long-on. Looked like a knuckleball bouncer, which must take some serious skill to bowl

Bhuvneshwar to Lakmal, no run

again a yorker, with some late swing in to middle stump. Jabbed back towards the bowler

Bhuvneshwar to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

in the blockhole on middle and leg, clipped gently to the right of midwicket

Bhuvneshwar to Lakmal, 1 run

full, on the pads, clipped elegantly to long leg

JSG: "What about MSD bowling that over and DK keeping? " -- Not a bad idea at all.

end of over 4810 runs
SL: 246/8CRR: 5.12 RRR: 73.50
Suranga Lakmal8 (15b)
Angelo Mathews109 (127b 9x4 3x6)
Washington Sundar 10-0-65-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 8-0-37-1
Sundar to Lakmal, 1 run

another seam-up ball, back of a length, and Lakmal slogs across the line and sends a leading edge looping agonisingly wide of extra-cover, to his right

Sundar to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

down the track now, and Dhawan drops it at deep midwicket. Flat, but he gets close enough to the pitch of the ball, but maybe drags it squarer than he wants. Dhawan dives forward for the low chance, gets both hands to it, but can't hold on.

Sundar to Angelo Mathews, SIX runs

length ball on middle and leg, and Mathews clears his front leg and slogs it over wide long-on. Bam. This was the Ashwin-style seam-up arm ball, but it barely mattered to Mathews

Sundar to Lakmal, 1 run

full on leg stump - this one's the flat offbreak - and he swings it out to deep midwicket

The towel is out. I guess he's struggling with dew, so he's bowling these seam-up balls.

Sundar to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

another quicker one - was this seam-up? - back of a length and angling into leg stump. Just stands there and punches to long-on

Sundar to Angelo Mathews, no run

quicker one on middle stump, shuffles across to tuck it towards short fine leg

Anurag Bhide: "The average scores for batsmen who've scored over 10 ODI hundreds, for the innings in which the hundreds were scored, lie in the range of 110 to 130. The outliers are Viv Richards and David Warner on 135 and 136. Then there's Rohit Sharma, laughing in the face of stats, bowlers, short boundaries and flat pitches, on 149." -- That's a great bit of stats nerdery, my friend. Here's Sundar.

The physio has come on to work on Mathews' right leg. He's imbibing some electrolytes too. I'm guessing this is a cramp rather than a muscle pull.

end of over 476 runs
SL: 236/8CRR: 5.02 RRR: 52.33
Suranga Lakmal6 (13b)
Angelo Mathews101 (123b 9x4 2x6)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 8-0-37-1
Yuzvendra Chahal 10-0-60-3
Bhuvneshwar to Lakmal, 2 runs

length ball on off and middle, and he clears his front leg, exposes all his stumps, and hoicks this into the vast vacant space to the left of deep square leg

Bhuvneshwar to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

short on off stump, pulled to deep square leg and hobbles the single

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