Rohit Sharma took the Pakistani bowlers under remand as he completed his century in the high profile world cup encounter in Manchester on Sunday. With the 85-ball ton, Sharma became the second batsman after Virat Kohli to score a hundred against Pakistan in a world cup game.
Sachin Tendulkar was the closest to score a ton against arch-rivals in the 2003 world cup semi-final where he got out on a score of 99 and scored 85 in the semi-finals of 2011 world cup against the same opposition. Virat Kohli finally created history when he became the first Indian to score a century against men in green at the 2015 world cup. The Delhi lad scored a match turning 107 at Adelaide Oval that won the game for India.
Rohit Sharma breaks the record
In his innings of 140 runs off 113 balls against Pakistan, Rohit also hit his 356th six in International cricket. He surpassed the record of MS Dhoni who currently sits at the number two spot with 355 sixes. Sachin Tendulkar is third in the list with 264 sixes followed by Yuvraj Singh(251 sixes), Sourav Ganguly(247 sixes) and Virender Sehwag(243 sixes).
Solid foundation takes India to 336 runs
India was without the services of Shikhar Dhawan who is ruled out of action for a minimum of three weeks. Rohit Sharma opened the innings alongside KL Rahul. The two right handers had some communications issues in the start and gave two proper run out chances which Pakistan could not capitalize. The two played their natural game and added 136 runs for the first wicket to give a solid foundation to India.
After the fall of Rahul(57 off 78 balls), Virat joined Rohit in the center and they added 92 runs for the second wicket partnership to put India in a commanding position. Kohli also went onto notch a well made 77 and despite losing cluster of wickets in the death overs, India finished on 336/5 at the end of their quota of 50 overs.