Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan 50s boost India vs Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan blasted fifties and took their opening partnership past 100 as India made a magnificent start against Pakistan in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy encounter at Edgbaston.icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 04, 2017 17:28 IST
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan slammed fifties as India made a rousing start in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy encounter in Edgbaston on Sunday. (INDIA VS PAKISTAN LIVE UPDATES)
Put into bat first under overcast conditions, both Rohit and Dhawan made steady progress and India reached 46/0 in 9.5 overs before play was halted for 45 minutes due to rain. On resumption, both openers opened up and scored freely. (INDIA VS PAKISTAN SCORECARD)
Rohit notched up his 30th fifty and his fifth against Pakistan by slamming left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz for two boundaries and launching 18-year-old legspinner Shadab Khan over deep mid wicket for a big six. Dhawan brought up his 18th fifty and second vs Pakistan by hammering Riaz for a hat-trick of boundaries followed by a couple.
The opening partnership went past 100 as India continued to dominate. However, this was the third 100-plus century stand by Rohit and Dhawan in the ICC Champions Trophy, making them the most successful opening pair in the history of the tournament. The Indian duo have amassed over 500 runs in the history of the tournament at an average of over 100.
However, Pakistan snapped the 135-run stand when Dhawan slogged Shadab to the deep mid wicket fence to be caught by Azhar Ali for 68. However, this was the highest stand for Rohit-Dhawan in the ICC Champion Trophy, beating their previous best of 127 versus South Africa in Cardiff in June 2013.
This was the first time in more than a year that Rohit and Dhawan were opening the partnership for India in ODIs. They had last opened for India during the ODI game against Australia in Sydney in January 2016 and their partnership was worth 123 runs.