Shikhar Dhawan sends Pakistan on a leather hunt to slam 15th ODI hundred

first_imgShikhar Dhawan continued his impressive form in limited-overs cricket on Sunday as India played Pakistan in their second Super 4 clash at the Dubai International Stadium.Dhawan, who failed to impress in England in Tests, smashed his second hundred in this year’s Asia Cup as India eased forward in their chase of 238 against Pakistan in Dubai.This was Dhawan’s 15th ODI hundred in ODI cricket and he brought it up with a four off Shaheen Afridi in the 33rd over.He also became the second fastest Indian to reach 15 ODI tons behind Virat Kohli, who did it in 106 innings. Dhawan achieved the feat in his 108th innings. He is third in the overall list, with Hashim Amla leading the charts. The South African took just 86 innings to reach the landmark.India vs Pakistan: Report | Highlights | PhotosDhawan along with Rohit Sharma played smart cricket throughout as India looked to chase down a tricky total of 238 against a good Pakistan attack.The Delhi dasher attacked the bowlers right from the word go and took pressure of Rohit, who took his own sweet time to settle in. Attacking the bad balls and milking the good ones away for singles, Dhawan showed yet again why he is such an exceptional limited-overs cricket.The southpaw negotiated the pacers extremely well and took apart Pakistan’s spinners in Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz and reached his fifty in the 18th over. But, he didn’t take the foot off the peddle and continued to play smart cricket and attack when needed.advertisementSeeing Dhawan play so freely, Rohit also joined in and the pair brought up their 13th ODI century stand and after that, both started to attack the bowlers.The duo raced to 150 in the 26th over as Pakistan continued to struggle to get a breakthrough. And as they crossed 160-run mark, they became India’s most successful opening pair against Pakistan. They bettered Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly’s stand of 159 against them in 1998.Rohit took over the hitting for a bit and caught up with Dhawan, who was batting in his 80s but it looked like Dhawan was in no mood to reach the three-figure mark after his partner.Also read – Sarfraz Khan rues dropped catches after Pakistan go down to India againHe played some swashbuckling shots and finally reached his century in the 33rd over.He continued his attacking game and looked to finish the game early but his day was cut short after a misunderstanding brought an end to his night.He was run-out for 114 and left the field to a standing ovation after entertaining the crowd a 100-ball innings studded with 16 fours and two sixes.Also read – MS Dhoni overtakes Rahul Dravid to became the second most capped IndianThis was second hundred in Asia Cup 2018, with his first coming against Hong Kong, when he smashed 127 in the first game of the tournament.Dhawan has now scored 327 runs in the tournament so far from four matches.With Dhawan’s wicket, India’s opening stand came to an end on 210. This was also the highest between Dhawan and Rohit.Dhawan’s return to form after a drab tour of England will give him and the team management much needed relief going into the series against West Indies and the ultimate tour towards the end of the year, when Virat Kohli’s men go Down Under to play three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs against Australia.The tour starts in November and will go in till January, 2019.last_img

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