Rohit Sharma surpasses Suresh Raina to hit most T20I sixes for India against South Africa
In pursuit of a modest 150 in the ongoing second T20I vs South Africa, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started in full flow. While Dhawan was at his fluent best, Rohit joined the party with back-to-back sixes before falling for a run-a-ball 12 at the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali on Wednesday (September 18).
At the time of publishing this report, India were comfortably placed at 79 for 1 (10). However, Rohit would be disappointed to miss out after being in good touch during his short stay. Nonetheless, the right-hander attained another feat in the format before perishing for a dozen.
With back-to-back sixes, off Anrich Nortje, Rohit took his sixes-tally to 14 for India versus the Proteas in the shortest format. Thus, he topped the chart for the Men in Blue and is only behind JP Duminy (16). On the other hand, Rohit surpassed Suresh Raina's tally, who now sits at the third position with 13 sixes under his belt versus the African nation. Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and David Miller are joint-sixth with half a dozen sixes in their belt.
Rohit was looking in his elements before being pushed into a shell courtesy some tight line and lengths from Kagiso Rabada and Andile Phehlukwayo. Later, he was adjudged lbw off the latter to miss out on converting his start into a big score.
The limited-overs skipper has been in good touch in coloured clothing in recent times. With as many as five centuries in the 2019 World Cup, Rohit ended the showpiece event as the highest run-scorer with 648 runs. He then continued his good show versus West Indies in the three T20Is. Thus, the 32-year-old will be eager to make amends when India play the series decider versus South Africa in Bengaluru on Sunday (September 22).
Talking about the second T20I in Mohali, India opted to bowl first after winning the coin toss. South Africa skipper Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma took their side to a moderate score, 149 for 5, as Deepak Chahar (4-0-22-2) and the Indian fielders restricted the run-flow at regular intervals.