Wednesday 26 February 2014 

Kohli Ton Powers India To Victory

Virat Kohli celebrates his century
Virat Kohli scored 136 in 122 balls to put India on course for victory over Bangladesh
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Mushfiqur Rahim celebrates his century
Mushfiqur Rahim (left) celebrates his own century, but he was to end up on the losing side
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India 280-4 (Kohli 136, Rahane 73) beat
Bangladesh 279-7 (M Rahim 113) by 6 wickets
Asia Cup game two, Fatullah
Scorecard

The captains of both sides scored centuries as Bangladesh took on India in the Asia Cup but it was India skipper Virat Kohli whose innings proved to be the match-winner.

Asia Cup bringing out the best in Kohli

Virat Kohli first played in the Asia Cup in 2010, when he scored 11 against Bangladesh, 18 against Pakistan, 10 against Sri Lanka in the group stage and 28 against them in the final, which India won.

In 2012. India failed to progress to the final despite Kohli scoring two centuries and a half-century in the three innings he played.

He hit 108 against Sri Lanka, 66 against Bangladesh and then 183 against Pakistan as India chased down 330 to win, only for Bangladesh's win over Sri Lanka to eliminate his side.

With this latest knock of 136, Kohli has now scored 560 runs in the Asia Cup - with 493 of those runs coming in his last four innings.

Mushfiqur Rahim made 117 in 113 balls as Bangladesh posted 279 for seven only for Kohli's 136 in 122 balls to help set up a six-wicket win with an over to spare.

The high-scoring nature of the competition continued with Anamul Haque hitting 77 for Bangladesh and Ajinkya Rahane 73 for India.

Kohli, leading the side in the absence of regular captain MS Dhoni through injury, has now scored three centuries and a half-century in his last four Asia Cup innings.

India recalled Dinesh Karthik in place of Dhoni behind the stumps but were otherwise unchanged from the team that lost the fifth One-Day International to New Zealand in Wellington.

Karthik was in the action early enough. After Shamsur Rahman was caught and bowled by Mohammad Shami for seven, he stumped Mominul Haque 923) off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin.

That left Bangladesh at 49 for two but their innings was thrust forward by Anamul and Mushfiqur who added 133 together for the third wicket.

Their stand was finally broken when Varun Aaron bowled Anamul in slightly bizarre circumstances a the ball rolled onto the stumps after an inside edge bounced off a distraught Anamul's pads.

Naeem Islam (14), Nasir Hossain (1) and Ziaur Rahman (18) hung around with Mushfiqur as he hit out, reaching his second ODI century and hitting seven fours and two maximums in all.

Shami picked up four for 50 as he dismissed Naaem, Nasir and finally Mushfiqur, who holed out to Rohit Sharma at midwicket.

Sohag Gazi, on three, and Mashrafe Mortaza, on one, were unbeaten as the innings came to an end.

If Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews felt his side were short when they posted 296 in the tournament's opener, Rahim could not have been blamed for thinking similarly at the halfway stage, but it still took a brilliant performance from India to chase down the runs.

First, openers Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan added 50 in 11.2 overs to lay a sound platform only to fall within nine balls of one another to Ziaur and Abdur Razzak respectively.

That brought Kohli and Rahane together at 54 for two and they proceeded to amass 213 runs together and take their side to the brink of victory.

Little Bangladesh tried had much effect, as Kohli hit 16 fours and two sixes and Rahane struck seven fours and one six during their match-changing partnership.

Rahim used eight bowlers to no avail, until Kohli was finally dismissed, bowled by a Rubel Hossain yorker.

Five runs later, Rahane also departed, caught by substitute Imrul Kayes off Gazi but this was far too little, far too late for tournament hosts.

Ambati Rayudu (9 not out) and Karthik (2 not out) simpyly kept their heads and did exactly what they needed to in order to seal a comprehensive victory for India with six balls remaining.

India play Sri Lanka on Friday in a game between the two sides that won their opening matches while Bangladesh take on tournament debutants Afghanistan one day later.

Afghanistan make their tournament bow tomorrow against Pakistan, who lost to Sri Lanka by 12 runs in the opening match.

© Cricket World 2014

 
Fixtures & Results
25th February: Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 296-6 (Thirimanne 102) beat
Pakistan 284 (Malinga 5-52) by 12 runs
26th February: Bangladesh v India
India 280-4 (Kohli 136, Rahane 73) beat
Bangladesh 279-7 (M Rahim 113) by 6 wickets
27th February: Afghanistan v Pakistan
Pakistan 248-8 (Umar Akmal 102no) beat
Afghanistan 176 (M Hafeez 3-29) by 72 runs
28th February: India v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 265-8 (Sangakkara 103) beat
India 264-9 (Dhawan 94) by 2 wickets
1st March: Bangladesh v Afghanistan
Afghanistan 254-6 (Asghar Stanikzai 90no) beat
Bangladesh 222 (Mominul Haque 50) by 32 runs
2nd March: India v Pakistan
Pakistan 249-9 (Mohammad Hafeez 75) beat
India 245-8 (Sharma 56) by one wicket
3rd March: Afghanistan v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 253-6 (Sangakkara 76) beat
Afghanistan 124 (Mendis 3-11) by 129 runs
4th March: Bangladesh v Pakistan
Pakistan 329-7 (Ahmed Shehzad 103) beat
Bangladesh 326-3 by three wickets
5th March: Afghanistan v India
India 160-2 (Dhawan 60, Rahane 56) beat
Afghanistan 159 (Jadeja 4-30) by 8 wickets
6th March: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 208-7 (Mathews 74no) beat
Bangladesh 204-9 (Priyanjan 2-11) by 3 wickets
8th March: FINAL - Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 261-5 (Thirimanne 101) beat
Pakistan 260-5 (Malinga 5-56) by 5 wickets