Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan continued his love affair with Champions Trophy when he smashed yet another half-century against South Africa during India’s third Group B match. Dhawan scored 78 during India’s run-chase of 192 runs and became the fastest batsman to score 1000 runs in ICC ODI tournaments. The left-handed batsman just extracted 16 innings to achieve the feat and break Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s record (18 innings).
The left-handed batsman just extracted 16 innings to achieve the feat and break Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s record (18 innings). The left-hander now has the scores of 68, 125 and 78 in this on-going ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
In the last edition of Champions Trophy, Dhawan was named the man of the tournament after the left-handed batsman smashed 363 runs in 5 matches at an average of 90.75. His innings included two tons and three half-centuries.
India rode on Shikhar Dhawan’s 78 to go over the line and march their way in the semi-final stage. Earlier, after winning the toss, Virat Kohli asked South Africa to bat first and the Indian bowlers restricted them to a total of 191 runs. Later, Virat Kohli and Dhawan put on a stand of 128 runs for the second wicket before Dhawan was sent back in the hut by Imran Tahir while trying to slog him over long on region. The left-hander only managed to top-edge it to give a catch to Faf du Plessis who took a good catch long-off.
India had earlier, lost the match against Sri Lanka where Dhawan smashed a hundred while won the contest against arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening game. The Men in Blue went into the tournament as defending champions after they won the 2013 edition of Champions Trophy.