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India's Rohit Sharma becomes highest run-scorer in T20 cricket

India's Rohit Sharma plays a shot. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 08, 2019, 02.31 PM (IST)

India's Rohit Sharma has become the highest run scorer in the Twenty20 International history while playing against New Zealand in Auckland on Friday. 

Rohit achieved the feat in style, clobbering leg-spinner Ish Sodhi over the fine-leg boundary for a six during India's chase of 159 runs in the second match of a three-match series where he posted his 16th career half-century in the format. 

Sharma overtook New Zealand's Martin Guptill, who has scored 2,272 runs in 74 innings in T20I. 

The 31-year-old also became first India and the third overall player to smash 100 sixes in T20 cricket. Windies' Chris Gayle and New Zealand Guptill have slammed 103 sixes each. 

So far, Rohit has slammed 347 sixes in international cricket. 

Sharma, who is standing in as captain while Virat Kohli is rested, reached his half-century off 28 balls, smashing four sixes and three fours.

Rohit made his T20 debut against England in 2007 and has played 92 matches, averaging 33.15.

Sharma was caught at the boundary going for another six after reaching 50 but India were 79 for one and looking comfortable chasing a modest target of 159.