India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy 2017: Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan duo back with a bang to haunt Pakistan

first_imgRohit Sharma had last played an ODI on October 29 against New Zealand in Visakhapatnam but a long injury lay-off had forced the stylish opener to be out of action for the next six months. He came back to lead Mumbai Indians in the IPL and the Indian team management was happy enough to have him on board for the Champions Trophy. (Live Updates)And Rohit’s comeback match for India was not going to be easy either. He was pitted against Pakistan in the team’s opening game of the Champions Trophy, a title they had won in England back in 2013.After being put in to bat, Rohit took his time to settle down but soon opened up his arms against a bowling attack which clearly lacked the depth to take the fight to one of the most accomplished batsmen in limited-overs cricket.The sublime drives were back, the sweetly timed shots to pierce the gaps were drawing loud applause and the boundaries were testing the sloppy Pakistani fielding. Rohit Sharma was back in the business.Over seven months since his last international match, Rohit showed no nerves in taking on Pakistan in what was billed as a high-octane clash. He did take his time early on but let his natural instincts take over soon after – he dispatched a short and poor ball from Shadab Khan into the stands to bring up his fifty.Rohit was soon joined by his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, who had also been forced to spend some time away from the team because of an injury.advertisementThe two had announced their arrival as openers in the 2013 Champions Trophy – four years later, they added their century partnership in the Champions Trophy and were sure to be remembered as the second-most successful pair in the history of the Champions Trophy.The Rohit-Dhawan partnership finally came to an end in the 25th over when Dhawan picked Azhar Ali at deep midwicket in an attempt to punish another loose ball from Shadab.last_img

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