India started their long tour of the United Kingdom (UK) on an expected note, thrashing Ireland in the first Twenty20 International on Wednesday (June 27) by 76 runs at The Village in Dublin.
Asked to bat first in sunny conditions, India got off to an equally blistering start. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma smashed five sixes apiece and enterprising half-centuries to lay the foundation for a huge total.
Peter Chase (4-35) had something to cheer about in the final over, taking three wickets in four balls – Mahendra Singh Dhoni (11) holing out in the deep, Rohit was clean bowled to see Chase on a hat-trick, and then captain Virat Kohli dismissed for a duck soon after. But that did not stop India from posting a massive 208 for five.
In reply, Ireland could only manage 132 for nine. Kuldeep Yadav starred with the ball, taking four for 21.
Ireland opener James Shannon (60 off 35) impressed, striking a maiden T20I fifty, but the rest of batting line-up badly struggled against the Indian bowlers.
The highlight of the game was the massive 160-run stand between Indian openers Dhawan and Rohit.
So, here we take a look at top four biggest partnerships for India in T20Is:
4. 138 – Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma against South Africa, Dharamsala 2015:
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis’ decision to bowl first looked a like a good one initially as Shikhar Dhawan departed for just three. However, it was definitely not the precursor of the things that were to follow.
Virat Kohli joined Rohit Sharma in the middle and the duo did not take long t attack to the Proteas bowlers at will.
They added 138 runs for the second wicket off just 74 balls before Kohli departed after scoring 43.
The highlight of the partnership was obviously Rohit’s batting. While Kohli scored just 43 during the stand, Rohit went on to complete his maiden Twenty20 International ton. He was dismissed just three balls after Kohli was out but prior to that, he had scored 106.
The game, however, ended on a disappointing note for India as South Africa chased down 199 with two balls remaining.