LUCKNOW: Indian cricket captain Rohit Sharma raises his bat after scoring a century during the second T20 cricket match between India and West Indies at the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow yesterday. – AFP

LUCKNOW: Skipper Rohit Sharma smashed a record century to help India beat West indies by 71 runs in the second Twenty20 international and clinch the series in Lucknow yesterday. Chasing a mammoth 193 for victory, the tourists faltered after losing their openers early to end on 124-9. India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah along with spinner Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets each. Earlier Sharma hit 111 off 61 deliveries to guide India to 192-2 after being invited to bat first. It was the openers’ fourth Test ton-the most by any batsman in the shortest format.

It has been a complete domination by India after they swept the Test series 2-0 and then won the one-day internationals 3-1. The third T20 is scheduled in Chennai on Sunday. – AFP