Rohit-Rahul put on India's first opening century stand against Pakistan in World Cup

Rohit Sharma and K.L. Rahul put on 136 runs for the first wicket against Pakistan, bettering the previous highest of 90 in 1996.

Rohit Sharma (left) and K.L. Rahul added 136 runs for the opening wicket against Pakistan at Manchester.   -  AP

India openers Rohit Sharma and K.L. Rahul brought up India's first 100-run opening partnership in a World Cup game against Pakistan when the duo went hammer and tongs against a mediocre Pakistan attack in Manchester on Sunday.

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This is the first time the duo was opening together in a one-day international.

The previous highest was when Navjot Singh Sindhu and Sachin Tendulkar put on 90 runs for the first wicket in the 1996 edition at Bangalore (now Bengaluru) before Tendulkar was bowled for 31 by Ata-ur-Rehman.

On Sunday, after Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and put India in, Rohit and Rahul took their time out to settle in and get used to the conditions with Mohammad Amir starting off with a maiden over.

Once the duo got their eye in, it was a leather hunt for Pakistan as the Indian duo went hammer and tongs. Fours and sixes weren't a premium and any bad ball was treated with disdain.

Both the players got to their respective half-centuries before Wahab Riaz struck to remove Rahul. Rahul was just a little early into the shot as his drive went to Babar Azam at cover, who took an easy catch.

India's opening partnerships vs Pakistan in World Cups

1992 - 25

1996 - 90

1999 - 37

2003 - 53

2011 - 48

2015 - 34  

2019 - 136