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Why Shahid Afridi lived another day after Rohit Sharma fell for golden duck vs West Indies in 2nd T20

India batter Rohit Sharma hits a maximum. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIA captain Rohit Sharma, who is also one of his side’s most prolific scorers, became the highest run-maker in the T20 format on Friday (29) after hitting a match-winning 64 in only 44 deliveries against the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. He went past New Zealand’s Martin Guptill to go to the top of the list with 3,443 runs in 130 matches.

History beckoned the ace hitter in the second game which was played at St Kitts & Nevis on Monday (1) yet again as he is now nearing the record of hitting the second highest number of sixes in international cricket. Sharma has slammed 473 sixes till now and trails former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, also a big hitter of his era, who has a record of scoring 476 sixes. The top spot, however, goes to ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle of the West Indies who is way ahead with 553.

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The record remained unfulfilled in the second T20 international as Sharma fell in the very first delivery of the match after the hosts won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. He was one the six victims of opening left-arm pacer Obed McCoy and the latter’s performance saw India losing the game, which saw a delayed start because of luggage arrival issues, by 5 wickets after getting all out for 138 inside 20 overs.

Sharma, 35, would get another chance to go past Afridi at the same ground on Tuesday (2) when the two sides lock horns over the third T20 game. Whoever win it will gain an advantage in the five-match series, the final two of which are scheduled to be played in the United States.

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