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Asia Cup 2018: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma Break 20 Year-old Partnership Record

Written By Dylan Dsouza | Mumbai | Published:

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  • India have thrashed Pakistan for the second time in the span of four days at the 2018 Asia Cup.
  • Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have surpassed a 20-year old record to become India's second most successful opening pair.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma slammed majestic tons as India thrashed Pakistan by nine-wickets to register their second comprehensive win over Pakistan in the span of four days at the 2018 Asia Cup.

The Indian opening duo ripped apart the Pakistani bowlers to make the target of 237 look like child's play. In the process of their blitzkrieg stand, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma swept away many records during the chase.

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Dhawan and Rohit were at their sublime best, unleashing one brilliant stroke after another, making it difficult to tell who stood out. The Indian opening pair toyed with the Pakistani batsmen to string together a 210-run partnership for the first wicket.

With this, the batsmen have surpassed a 20-year old record to become India's second most successful opening pair. The record of 12 partnerships which was previously held by Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, saw it been surpassed by Dhawan and Rohit, after they notched their 13th opening stand together in the game against Pakistan.

But that wasn't the only record they etched to their names. The duo also recorded the highest opening stand against Pakistan and also bettered their previous partnership of 178 runs which they set against Australia in 2013.

While Dhawan and Rohit raced to their 15th and 19th tons respectively,  Pakistan drew the curtains on their incredible partnership after the southpaw was run out for 114. But later, Rohit, who remained unbeaten on 111, was accompanied by birthday boy Amabati Rayudu, as they crossed the line and put one foot in the final.

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The Indian batsmen may have hogged all the limelight, but the target wouldn't be so gettable if it hadn't been for Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuveshwar Kumar and Yuz Chahal. Pakistan found no answer to the trio's onslaught as they claimed two wickets each. The bowling attack performed brilliantly in the death overs, conceding 45 runs and a single boundary.

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