In a sensational showdown at Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy stadium, Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh orchestrated a cricketing spectacle, propelling India to victory against Afghanistan. The duo's unbeaten 190-run partnership in the 3rd T20I not only secured the win but also shattered multiple records. Facing adversity with the team at 22 runs for the loss of 4 wickets, Rohit and Rinku emerged as the heroes of the day, guiding India to a formidable total of 212 runs.
Rohit's Blitz and Rinku's Resilience
Rohit Sharma's explosive innings of 121 runs off 69 balls, adorned with 11 fours and eight sixes, showcased his masterful batting prowess. Complementing Rohit, Rinku Singh played an unbeaten knock of 69 runs from 39 balls, featuring two fours and six sixes. Together, they scripted an extraordinary partnership of 190 runs, leaving an indelible mark on the match.
Setting Records Ablaze
The duo's phenomenal performance etched its name in the record books. Their partnership of 190 runs became the highest ever in T20Is for India against Afghanistan. Additionally, Rohit and Rinku propelled India to its highest total after being four down for 25 or less, finishing at 212/4. This achievement surpassed the previous record held by the USA against Ireland in Lauderhill in 2021.
The Dramatic Final Over
As the match hurtled towards a thrilling conclusion, Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh added another feather to their cap. They scored an astounding 36 runs in the final over, seizing the advantage thanks to a crucial no-ball. This feat joined the ranks of Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard, who had previously achieved the same against England in 2007 and Sri Lanka in 2021, respectively.
A Noteworthy Record Ties
The record-setting 36-run final over highlighted the significance of the achievement. Only Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard had earlier managed to score 36 runs in an over, marking Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh's names alongside these cricketing legends. The match, filled with historical moments, will be remembered as a testament to the duo's resilience and unmatched cricketing prowess.