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23 December 2017, 12:26 | Tracey Rhodes
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Earlier after being put in to bat, skipper Rohit Sharma blasted the fastest Twenty20 global (T20I) century off just 35 balls to power India to a enormous total of 260/5. But Chahal and Kuldeep took six wickets between them in 12 balls to break the visitors' back.
Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav snubbed out the remaining chances of a Sri Lanka challenge with figures of 2-18. KL Rahul scored 89 off 49 balls while MS Dhoni contributed 28 runs off 21 balls.
After that, it seemed like the Sri Lankan batsmen were in a hurry.
In the process, Rohit equalled the fastest century record in the T20Is.
India, resting their top players including newly-wed regular skipper Virat Kohli, lost stand-in captain Rohit Sharma (17) early but Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, who made 24, added 63 for the second wicket to give the home side a solid base.
Rohit Sharma now shares the record for the fastest T20I hundred with South African middle-order batsman David Miller.
Rohit smashed 10 sixes and 12 fours before he was eventually dismissed for 118 in 43 balls with India on 165-1 after 12.4 overs in the second game of the three-match series.
With India within striking distance of reaching the highest T20I total of 263, Pradeep struck with the wicket of Rahul before getting rid of the unsafe Hardik Pandya (10 off 3; 4×1; 6×1), two balls later in the penultimate over of the innings.
Rohit and Rahul's opening stand of 165 was India's highest in T20s and they were on course to better the overall record of 263-3 set by Australia against the same opponents a year ago, but a flurry of late wickets denied them.
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