ENG vs IND: Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 76 in the first ODI.© AFP
India captain Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten undefeated 76 to help India chase their goal of 111 runs in 18.2 overs to win the first ODI against England at The Oval on Tuesday. In the process, he has surpassed Kane Williamson, Ricky Ponting and Viv Richards to become the visiting batter with the most ODI runs in England. Rohit now has 1411 runs in ODIs in England, with seven centuries and as many half-centuries. New Zealand skipper Williamson is next on the list, with 1,393 runs.
Rohit Sharma also became the first Indian to hit 250 sixes in ODIs during the Kennington Oval game.
The unbeaten partnership of 114 runs between him and Dhawan meant the two have crossed the 5000-run mark in ODIs as openers. Rohit and Dhawan have so far netted 5108 runs as an opening pair and will aim to add to that as the series progresses.
Currently the fourth most prolific partnership in the format among openers, the two are just 42 runs behind the West Indian pair of Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge.
In the game, Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to field.
The brilliant opening spell from Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami meant England were knocked out for 110.
While Bumrah took six wickets, Shami returned with three. Prasidh Krishna also came in by one wicket as the Indian pacers ran England rough.
The chase appeared to be easy for Rohit and Dhawan, despite the two hitting in tricky conditions as India took a 1-0 series lead with their 10 wicket win.
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