India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI: Indian openers – Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan continued their golden run in the white-ball format as they surpassed the all-time great pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag for a unique record during second ODI against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui. The duo knitted a mammoth 154-run opening partnership for India to provide the visitors a great platform in the 2nd ODI. Rohit and Dhawan notched up their 14th 100-run partnership which took them ahead Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, who had 13 hundred-run stands among themselves. (Live Cricket Blog – India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI)
The iconic pair of Sachin and Sourav Ganguly still holds the record for most century stands – 26. While, Rohit and present India captain Virat Kohli are at the second post with 15 hundred-run partnerships. Rohit hit the last ball off the 18th over, bowled by NZ pacer Lockie Ferguson, to complete the 100-run stand. It was Rohit and Dhawan’s 14th hundred-run stand in ODIs. In the process, the Mumbai batsman also completed his fifty.
Skipper Kohli won the toss at the Bay Oval and opted to bat first. India were unchanged from their eight-wicket win in the first match at Napier on Wednesday. Kiwis made two changes
Later, Rohit (87) missed out on a chance to hit his first one-day hundred in New Zealand but India still managed a challenging 324 for 4 with all the batsmen coming good in the 2nd ODI. Dhawan (66) also struck a half-century while captain Kohli (43), Ambati Rayudu (47) and MS Dhoni (48 not out) chipped in with significant scores as the vaunted Indian batsmen dominated the home bowlers after the visitors opted to bat.
Dhawan was the first to go as he reached out to a short and wide delivery from Trent Boult (2/61) only to thick-edged it to wicketkeeper Tom Latham in the 26th over.
Dhawan, who set up India’s win in the first match with an unbeaten 75, had nine boundaries in his 67-ball innings.
Rohit, on the other hand, looked set for a century as he was batting beautifully but in the end fell short of the three-figure mark by 13 runs.
Paceman Lockie Ferguson (2/81), who was generating a lot of pace, removed the dashing Indian batsman, who failed to put down a pull shot off a slower ball, in the 30th over. Rohit had nine boundaries and three sixes in his 96-ball innings.