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May 31, 2010

Rohit Sharma century seals India win in ODI

Rohit Sharma hit his 2nd century in consecutive matches to safe a 7-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a tri-series.

Rohit Sharma's 1st century was against Zimbabwe on Friday in a match which the home side won by 6 wickets. But his winning "double" hundred here Sunday ensured victory against Sri Lanka.

Suresh Raina won the toss elected to bowling, Sri Lanka struggled against the inexperienced Indian bowlers to reach 242 all out in 49.5 overs. This target was all too easy for India and they passed it with 39 balls to spare.

"This was one of the best innings of my career because it is never easy to chase in one-day matches," said Sharma.

Sri Lankan skipper Tillekeratne Dilshan added: "The two early run-outs cost us a lot because we felt we wanted a score of at least 280 runs.

"The runs we did get were not enough for a good defence."

Now the rejuvenated Indians are back on track in the series and instead of being under pressure to survive they have the look of victors about them.

Man-of-the-match Sharma's 101 came up in exactly 100 balls. It was a race both against the light, which was generally indifferent, and also against the failing number of runs required for the win.

He didn't take all the limelight though. Virat Kohli weighed in with 82 before being caught on the boundary and they put on 154 for the third wicket. Kohli wanted 92 balls as he hit 4 fours in his 7th half century.

From a team standpoint India recovered well from their shock beating by Zimbabwe and are now back on track for a possible series winning effort.

The pressure now reverts to Sri Lanka who must beat Zimbabwe on Tuesday to put all three on level terms at the half-way stage.

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