England’s talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes proved to be the partnership-breaker again as he dismissed Rohit Sharma for 28 to end India’s 64-run opening partnership. The ball which got the Indian batsman out, though, was quite an ordinary one – short and wide which Rohit chased and edged, to be taken by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
The wicket fell on the first ball of the 16th over. While the wicket-taking ball may not be much to shout about, the pressure built on the Indian batsmen by previous bowlers may have played a part in forcing Rohit to play the loose shot.
Rohit scored 28 off 42. Shikhar went on to complete his half-century and is now looking set for another ODI ton. He is receiving great support from Virat Kohli who is looking sublime and has completed his fifty as well. The two have formed a 50-run partnership which has been quite harsh on the spinners. Dhawan last scored an ODI fifty in Australia during India’s ODI series there.