2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Great Win To Start Out Campaign – Rohit Sharma
ICC tournament, match against Pakistan, record attendance at the ground, the stage was perfectly set for Rohit Sharma to mark his arrival in international cricket after a long injury gap after almost seven months and the India opener did it in style.
The right-handed batsman scored a well-composed 91 runs off 119 balls in tough conditions to lay the foundation for a good total and team India fully capitalised on it, scoring a massive 319 for three in a rain-curtailed innings that was reduced to 48 overs.
After being put into bat first, the Men in Blue were given a brilliant start with Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan adding 136 runs before the latter was dismissed by Shadab Khan for 68. Rohit along with captain Virat Kohli then laid the foundation for a big total with a fifty stand but just when he would have looked to shift gears, he was run-out for 91. His knock was studded with seven hits to the fence and two over it.
Kohli and Yuvraj Singh then took the onus on themselves to guide India to a good total. Yuvraj Singh changed the course of the innings with a quickfire fifty. The southpaw scored 53 off just 32 balls to give the innings a much-needed impetus before Kohli also hit the top gear, as the duo added 93 runs for the third wicket in just 59 balls. The innings ended with Hardik Pandya hitting sixes off the first three balls of left-arm spinner Imad Wasim’s last over of the innings, as the Men in Blue amassed 72 runs in the last four overs.
In reply, Pakistan, who were set a revised target of 289 in 41 overs, also went off to a good start with opener Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad adding 47 runs. However, once Shehzad was dismissed, Pakistan kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and was eventually finished on 164 for nine, with injured last man Wahab Riaz unable to bat due to an injury he suffered while bowling.
The win is the best possible start for India’s title-defence campaign and Rohit Sharma also admitted it. The right-handed batsman took to Twitter to express his delight and thank the fans for the support.
“Great win to kick start our #CT2017 campaign. Electrifying atmosphere in Birmingham, thank you for all the love @BCCI,” he tweeted.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 4, 2017
“Great win to kick start our #CT2017 campaign. Electrifying atmosphere in Birmingham, thank you for all the love @BCCI”
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