Cardiff: Shikhar Dhawan put it down to "patience" as the trick to his maiden ODI century at Swalec Stadium here on Thursday. Dhawan slammed a brilliant 114 that helped India score an imposing 331 for 7 against South Africa in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy. "I am happy with the knock I played but happier because we won a game that was actually getting quite close," he told reporters in a post-match chat. India beat South Africa by 26 runs.
There was another 'maiden' experience for Dhawan on Thursday morning. When the team left Indian shores it was almost certain that the left-handed Dhawan would open the batting with Murali Vijay. But Thursday's decisive 127-run opening stand almost certainly means Dhawan's partner for the rest of the group matches will be Rohit Sharma, who scored a polished 65. (Read: Unforced errors and miscommunication ruined us, admits South Africa captain AB De Villiers)