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Shikhar Dhawan continues ICC Champions Trophy love affair with splendid ton

India opener Shikhar Dhawan slammed his 10th century, and third in the ICC Champions Trophy, as he maintained his magnificent form in the clash against Sri Lanka at The Oval.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 08, 2017 18:31 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Shikhar Dhawan slammed his 10th century and his third in the ICC Champions Trophy as India were on course for a big score against Sri Lanka.
Shikhar Dhawan slammed his 10th century and his third in the ICC Champions Trophy as India were on course for a big score against Sri Lanka.(REUTERS)

Shikhar Dhawan’s love affair with the ICC Champions Trophy continued as he slammed a magnificent hundred for India against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Thursday. The century was Dhawan’s 10th in ODIs and his second against Sri Lanka. (India vs Sri Lanka updates)

Put into bat by Sri Lanka, Dhawan and Rohit Sharma got off to a solid start as they stitched a 138-run stand for the opening wicket. This was the duo’s fourth 100-plus opening stand in the tournament and it extended their record. Despite losing Rohit (78) and Virat Kohli (0) in quick succession, Dhawan held firm and made steady progress. (India vs Sri Lanka scorecard)

The left-hander got to the landmark off the fourth ball in the 40th over by square-cutting Nuwan Pradeep to the deep point fence. His magnificent century maintained his wonderful record in England. He looked good to surpass his highest individual score of 137 which he achieved against South Africa in Melbourne in the 2015 World Cup but was caught at long on off Lasith Malinga.

In elite company

This was Dhawan’s third century in the ICC Champions Trophy and he is only the fourth player in the history of the tournament to slam three centuries, after Chris Gayle, Herschelle Gibbs and Sourav Ganguly. Dhawan is also the third-highest run getter among Indian batsmen in this tournament, behind Ganguly’s 665 and Rahul Dravid’s 627.

Dhawan’s numbers in the ICC Champions Trophy are also brilliant. He has played seven games in this competition and notched up scores of 114, 102*, 48, 68, 31, 68 and this century.

With this ton, Dhawan’s love affair in ODIs in England continued. In 11 matches, he has over 700 runs at an average of 86. His consistency against Sri Lanka has also been remarkable with his last five scores being 94, 113, 79 and 91 besides Thursday’s century. His knock has laid the base for India to set-up a huge total against Sri Lanka.