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Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan continue to boss ICC Champions Trophy with record 100+ stand

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first_imgRohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were involved in their fourth century-opening stand in seven matches at the ICC Champions Trophy as India dominated Sri Lanka in a crucial Group B match at The Oval on Thursday.This was also the 10th century-stand (in 56 innings) between the openers and they are now fifth on the list which is topped by Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly (21). Australians Mathew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist are second with 16 such stands while legendary West Indian openers Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes added 100+ stands 15 times. Another Indian pair – Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag did it 12 times in 92 innings,It was at the Champions Trophy in England back in 2013 that Rohit and Dhawan had come together to form a potent opening combination for India. Riding on their strong performances, India outclassed South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan in the group stage before brushing aside Sri Lanka in the semi-final and England in the final to lift the trophy. (Also read: Virat Kohli sole Indian in Forbes list of highest paid athletes)India have so far looked indomitable in this tournament with the middle-order looking solid and the bowlers dangerous. However, for a successul campaign, the openers would be crucial.Rohit had been out of international cricket for seven months following an injury against New Zealand while Dhawan was also sidelined during the T20 Internationals against England. The two, however, joined forces against Pakistan a few days back and bossed them around in a rain-truncated game.Rohit understandably looked a little rusty in the course of his 91 on Sunday. But he was fluent today and cut loose after being watchful for the first 10 overs.advertisementDhawan was a little more subdued but he brought up his 50 off 69 balls with a cracking cover drive off Lasith Malinga. That shot perhaps underlined the way India have dominated teams so far in this tournament – assured and confident.Malinga, soon after, removed his Mumbai Indians skipper for a run-a-ball 78 and the opening stand came to an end at 138.last_img read more

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