Fort Lauderdale (USA), Aug 27: Young Lokesh Rahul slammed his maiden Twenty20 hundred in the first Twenty20 match here at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground today (Aug 27).
What makes this century special is that 24-year-old Rahul smashed his hundred in pain and took just 46 runs as India chased a gigantic 246 runs to win.
India lost this high-scoring match by just 1 run as skipper and finisher MS Dhoni failed lost his wicket on the last ball of the match when India needed just 2 runs to win.
The young Karnataka batsman reached his first T20 century with a six and became the first batsman to to reach 100 with a six in all three formats in international cricket.
KL Rahul also became third Indian after Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma to register centuries in all three international formats of cricket.
Even if 2 wickets have fallen India matching Windies batting blow for blow. How rapidly has L Rahul grown in stature!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 27, 2016
He remained unbeaten on 110 (51 balls) but his maiden ton went in vain.
Rahul smashed his maiden ODI hundred this year against Zimbabwe and created history by becoming the first Indian batsman to hit a century in his maiden ODI match.
Earlier, West Indies cricket team hammered 245 runs to India in the first Twenty20 match in the USA.
Thanks to some powerful hittings from the West Indies openers Johnson Charles (79 off 33) and Evin Lewis (100 of 49), West Indies put up massive 245 runs in the 20 overs.
West Indies' opener Evin Lewis came very close to equalling Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh's 6 sixes in an over record during his innings. Left-handed Lewis smashed 5 sixes in a row off Indian paceman Stuart Binny but his attempt for the 6th ended with just a single.
Before Lewis, it was Charles who did most of the talking with the bat and was only dealing with fours and sixes. West Indies hit record 20 sixes against India in their innings and scored highest ever runs against India.