Rohit Sharma would have thought his job with the bat was done when he hit a career-best score of 121, his 5th century in T20I cricket during the 3rd and final match of the series between India and Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday, January 17. However, the India captain was required to bat not once, but twice again as the sensational 3rd T20I went into two Super Overs after the teams were tied on 212 at the end of 40 overs of adrenaline-pumping cricket.
India eventually held their nerves and won the second Super Over to seal the series, but there was plenty of drama before the destination was reached.
Gulbadin Naib’s sensational fifty helped Afghanistan get to 212 and tie the game as the visitors came close to winning their first-ever T20I match against India. Naib came up with a heroic knock as Afghanistan got 18 when 19 were needed in the final over of the contest.
ROHIT, NABI IN HEATED EXCHANGE
Afghanistan batted first in the Super Over and tempers flared in the final delivery of the over bowled by Mukesh Kumar. A throw from wicketkeeper Sanju Samson hit Mohammad Nabi and the deflected ball went toward Virat Kohli at long-on and the Afghanistan veteran ran 2 overthrows, taking their Super Over total to 16 runs.
Rohit Sharma was not one bit pleased with the Afghanistan batters’ decision to take 2 extra runs as he highlighted that the ball was deflected of Mohammad Nabi. The India captain argued with the umpire before getting involved in a heated exchange with Mohammad Nabi.
The umpires were not able to do anything to calm Rohit Sharma down as the 2 extra runs taken by Afghanistan were perfectly within the laws of the game. Virat Kohli, at long on, did not look pleased either as Rohit Sharma kept arguing with Mohammad Nabi.
ROHIT DELIVERS IN SUPER OVER(S)
Rohit Sharma took matters in his own hands as he walked out to bat in the chase of 17 in the Super Over along with Yashasvi Jaiswal.
India got just 2 runs from the first 2 deliveries as both Rohit and Jaiswal failed to connect properly. However, Rohit hit a six and a four in the next two deliveries in the Super Over bowled by Azmatullah Omarzai.
There was more drama as Rohit Sharma retired out when the equation came down to 2 runs from 1 ball. The India captain decided to walk off and send Rinku Singh into bat.
However, india were not able to get the job done in the first Super Over as the two teams were tied on 16 runs.
There was more drama to one of the most entertaining T20I encounters as the match went to the second Super Over to decide the winner.
This time, India had to bat first and Rohit Sharma hit a six and a four against Fareed Khan, who bowled the second Super Oer for India. He then took a single to give Rinku Singh the strike.
Questions were asked as to whether Rohit Sharma would be allowed to bat in the second Super Over after he retired out in the first Super Over. However, the match officials clarified that Rohit could bat as he was not dimissed in the first Super Over.
India were 11 off 3 balls in the second Super Over. However, Rinku Singh was caught behind for 0 and Sanju Samson walked into bat at No. 3. It did not help as Rohit Sharma was run-out as India were all-out for 11 in the Super Over.
Eventually, it all ended well for Rohit Sharma as Ravi Bishnoi took 2 wickets, conceding just 1 run after the leg-spinner was tasked with the duty to bowl the second Super Over for India.
RECORD WIN FOR CAPTAIN
Rohit Sharma was undoubtedly the star of the dramatic evening in Bengaluru as he hit 121 and stiched a record-breaking 190-run stand with Rinku Singh after India were reduced to 22 for 4. Rohit Sharma marshalled his troops well, not letting the uncontrollables affect his concentration.
India eventually went on to complete a 3-0 series sweep in their final T20I series before the World Cup.
Rohit Sharma, deservedly, rose to the top of the charts as he equalled MS Dhoni as India’s most successful T20I captain.