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CAPTAIN'S KNOCK! Ton-up Virat Kohli steers India past Bangladesh in Asia Cup

Skipper Virat Kohli's magnificent 136 and his 213-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane sees India register a comfortable six-wicket win over hosts Bangladesh in the Asia Cup

Fatullah (Bangladesh): Virat Kohli won the battle of the captains as reigning World Cup champions India defeated host Bangladesh by six wickets in the second match of the Asia Cup in Fatullah on Wednesday.

Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim hit 117 off 113 balls, sharing a third-wicket stand of 133 with Anamul Haque (77), to lift the hosts to 279-7 after India elected to field.

Kohli, standing in for the injured Mahendra Singh Dhoni, then smashed 136 off 122 balls to steer India past the challenging target in 49 overs.

The prolific 25-year-old hit 16 boundaries and two sixes in his 19th one-day century, 17 of which have been in winning causes.

Ajinkya Rahane (73) provided valuable support to his captain, adding 213 for the third wicket with Kohli after India were reduced to 54-2 by the 13th over of the day-night game.

Virat KohliIndia captain Virat Kohli exults after reaching the three-figure mark during the second match of the Asia Cup tie against Bangladesh at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, on the outskirts of Dhaka on Wednesday. Pic/AFP

Kohli, later named the man of the match, preferred to dwell on the team's performance rather than his own stand-out batting.

"I am very happy with the way the team performed," he said. "It was good to see everyone step up in the absence of Dhoni.

"And it was very important for someone like Ajinkya to bat through the innings. He played beautifully. He is a very positive guy and works very hard. It was a good stand with him."

Bangladesh spinner Abdur Razzak, who attended the presentation ceremony instead of his captain, blamed the evening dew for the defeat.

"We had enough runs on the board, but the dew caused problems. It made it difficult to grip the ball and we had not anticipated that. But we will need to push more for runs if we bat first again."

Earlier, Rahim hit seven fours and two sixes in his second one-day century, before he was dismissed in the final over attempting a big hit.

Anamul and Rahim came together after opener Shamsur Rahman and Mominul Haque were removed by the 13th over with the score at 49.

Anamul smashed fast bowler Varun Aaron for two sixes to long-on, then reached his half-century with another six off Ravichandran Ashwin over the bowler's head.

Aaron, who conceded 56 runs in 6.5 overs, finally found success when he bowled Anamul with the last ball of his seventh over, the 37th of the innings.

Rahim slammed two boundaries and a six when Aaron bowled next, but the batsman was hit on the chest by a full toss delivery later in the same over and needed medical attention on the field.

Mushfiqur RahimBangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim is jubliant after scoring 100 during the second match of the Asia Cup tie against India at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, on the outskirts of Dhaka on Wednesday. Pic/AFP 

Rahim slammed two boundaries and a six when Aaron bowled next, but the batsman was hit on the chest by a full toss delivery later in the same over and needed medical attention on the field.

Aaron, who had also sent down a full toss earlier in the match, was not allowed to bowl by the umpires for the rest of the innings and finished with expensive figures of one for 74 from 7.5 overs.

Seamer Mohammad Shami was the most impressive Indian bowler with four for 50 from his 10 overs.

India are without Dhoni for the entire five-nation tournament due to a side strain suffered during the recent tour of New Zealand.

Bangladesh were missing injured opener Tamim Iqbal and premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is serving a three-match ban on disciplinary grounds.

Shakib will also miss the home team's second match against Afghanistan on Saturday.

Defending champions Pakistan, who were beaten by Sri Lanka in Tuesday's tournament opener, take on minnows Afghanistan on Thursday.

Full scoreboard of the Asia Cup ODI between Bangladesh and India in Fatullah

Bangladesh:

Anamul Haque b Aaron 77

Shamsur Rahman c and b Shami 7

Mominul Haque st Karthik b Ashwin 23

Mushfiqur Rahim c Sharma b Shami 117

Naeem Islam c Ashwin b Shami 14

Nasir Hossain c Karthik b Shami 1

Ziaur Rahman c Aaron b Kumar 18

Sohag Gazi not out 3

Mashrafe Mortaza not out 1

Extras: (b1, lb3, w12, nb2) 18

Total (for seven wickets, 50 overs) 279

Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Shamsur), 2-49 (Mominul), 3-182 (Anamul), 4-231 (Naeem), 5-241 (Nasir), 6-270 (Ziaur), 7-276 (Rahim).

Bowling: Kumar 8-1-41-1, Shami 10-1-50-4, Aaron 7.5-0-74-1 (nb2, w7), Ashwin 10-1-50-1 (w5), Jadeja 10-0-37-0, Rayadu 3-0-17-0, Kohli 1.1-0-6-0

(Note: Aaron was taken off after bowling five balls of his eighth over. Kohli completed the over).


India:

R. Sharma b Ziaur 21

S. Dhawan lbw b Razzak 28

V. Kohli b Rubel 136

A. Rahane c sub (Kayes) b Gazi 73

A. Rayudu not out 9

D. Karthik not out 2

Extras: (lb1, w9, nb1) 11

Total (for four wickets, 49 overs) 280

Fall of wickets: 1-50 (Dhawan), 2-54 (Sharma), 3-267 (Kohli), 4-272 (Rahane).

Bowling: Mortaza 9-1-44-0, Rubel 10-1-63-1 (w1, nb1), Razzak 10-0-55-1, Ziaur 5-0-20-1, Gazi 8-0-49-1 (w4), Mominul 2-0-13-0, Naeem 1-0-15-0 (w3), Nasir 4-0-20-0 (w1)

 

India won by six wickets

Toss: India

Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZL) and Nigel Llong (ENG)

TV umpire: Raveendra Wimalasiri (SRI)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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1 Comments

  • As27-Feb-2014

    Virat is making the statisticians think if he is the greatest batsman ever in the making. It is sheer brilliance given his rock solid batting display time and again and in successful run chases. This is what separates the boys from the men.Selectors may go blah blah over techniques foot works(Rohit Sharma) but it counts no good for the team when the delivery ratio is two games per year. Time to give non performers a wake up call and give people like Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara some support. Their technique may not appeal on television but does it matter really...while Rohit Sharma might be on the international circuit for 8 years and still no signs of maturity

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