WATCH: Rohit Sharma destroys Mosaddek Hossain with hat-trick of sixes, slams 21 runs off his over
Rohit Sharma was in destructive mode as he toyed around the Bangladeshi bowling attack in the second T20I of the ongoing three-match series in Rajkot on Thursday. The Hitman slammed a sensational knock of 85 runs off 43 balls laced with six sixes and six fours to single-handedly take India over the line in the 154-run chase. En-route his knock, Rohit smacked a hat-trick of sixes against spinner Mosaddek Hossain.
After the Indian bowlers restricted Bangladesh on a moderate total of 153/6 in 20 overs, Rohit led the chase for the Men in Blue with a captain's knock. He got the team off to an explosive start along with opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, who played a perfect second-fiddle to the Hitman. Rohit plundered sixes off three consecutive deliveries against Hossain in the tenth over of India's innings to leave the spinner clueless.
Bowling his first over in the game, the Bangladesh spinner would not have expected a worse start as the first ball was dispatched over the mid-wicket region by Rohit, who followed it up with two more sixes towards fine-leg and deep mid-wicket off the next two deliveries. While the Hitman later revealed he was looking to go for six sixes off the over, he had to settle with 21 runs from it after managing three runs from the final three balls.
Rohit was asked if he was going for six sixes off the over after getting three off the first ball, by Yuzvendra Chahal on his segment Chahal TV. The Hitman said, he initially had planned to go for it but settled for singles after missing the third delivery which was a dot ball. "When I hit three consecutive sixes, I tried to go for six maximums. But when I missed the fourth one, I decided I will take singles," Rohit said on Chahal TV.
Rohit missed a well-deserved century by a whisker after being caught on 85 by substitute fielder Mohammad Mithun off Aminul Islam's bowling in the 13th over of the match. However, the Hitman made it a one-sided affair with his amazing knock as India won the game by eight wickets with 26 balls to spare. Dhawan also played his part well with a 31-run-knock off 27 balls.
India will now aim to seal the series with a victory in the third and final T20I in Nagpur on Sunday.