Bishnoi and Rohit Shine in Epic Double Super Over; India Clinches Series
By siliconindia | Thursday, 18 January 2024, 04:18:36 PM IST
India secured a 3-0 series victory against Afghanistan in the third and final T20I at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, triumphing after two thrilling super overs. Captain Rohit Sharma now holds the record for the most T20I wins (42) as India's skipper in men's cricket. Despite winning the toss and choosing to bat, India faced early challenges as Afghanistan's bowlers dismantled the top order, leaving them struggling at 22/4 in the initial powerplay. However, a remarkable partnership between Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh turned the tide, rescuing India from a precarious situation.
Rohit Sharma scored his fifth T20I century, an unbeaten 121 off 69 balls, with Rinku Singh contributing 69 runs off 39 balls. Together, they had an exceptional 190-run partnership that helped India reach a total of 212/4 in 20 overs. This century made Rohit the leading centurion in T20Is, and his highest T20I score and the fourth-highest individual score for India in T20Is. Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh's unbeaten partnership of 190 runs set a new record for India's highest T20I score and broke the previous record of 176 runs. India scored 58 runs in the last two overs, setting a new milestone for the highest runs scored in the 19th and 20th overs in all men's T20s, surpassing Nepal's achievement of 55 runs.
The 20th over, bowled by Karim Janat, added another chapter to the record books as Rohit and Rinku plundered 36 runs. This remarkable feat equaled the record for the most runs conceded in an over in men's T20Is, a distinction shared with the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard. As the innings reached its crescendo, India's score surged to 103 runs in the last five overs, a rare accomplishment in men's T20Is. Only one other team had achieved this feat before - Nepal against Mongolia in 2023.
Rohit's leadership prowess shone through as three of his five T20I centuries were achieved while captaining India. This milestone saw him draw level with Babar Azam for the most T20I tons as captain, marking a testament to his batting prowess and captaincy acumen. The tale took an unexpected twist with Rinku Singh's heroics. Batting at No.6, he notched up an unbeaten 69*, the highest score by an Indian in that position in T20Is. His remarkable innings etched a new narrative, surpassing Axar Patel's previous record against Sri Lanka in Pune in 2023.
Rohit, at age 36 years and 262 days, became the oldest player from a Test-playing nation to score a T20I century, breaking Chris Gayle's record. Afghanistan's team put up a good fight, with openers Gurbaz and Zadran scoring half-centuries. Naib's unbeaten 55* off 23 balls pushed the game into a Super Over, where the drama only intensified. India won the match against Afghanistan by defending 11 runs in the second super over. Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, and Avesh Khan took crucial wickets for India. Ravi Bishnoi's exceptional spell included two wickets in three balls and secured India's victory. India won the series 3-0.
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