India defeat Bangladesh by 6 wickets
Virat Kohli (in pic) and Ajinkya Rahane's outstanding partnership - worth 213, against Bangladesh helped India defeat hosts by 6 wickets in the second Asia Cup 2014 match. <BR><BR>Here are some of the highlights.<br><br>All images courtesy AFP and AP.
Virat Kohli (in pic) and Ajinkya Rahane's outstanding partnership - worth 213, against Bangladesh helped India defeat hosts by 7 wickets in the second Asia Cup 2014 match. <BR><BR>Here are some of the highlights.<br><br>All images courtesy AFP and AP.
Virat Kohli's 136 was the cornerstone of the match as the Indian skipper showed that the added responsibility of captaincy had not affected his form.
Kohli's innings was of even more significance as chasing 280, India had lost openers early. <br><br>Shikhar Dhawan (right) is seen here after being dismissed on 28.
Dhawan had slapped five fours but had largely looked jittery during his brief stay in the middle.
The other opener in Rohit Sharma also failed to last and managed just 21 runs, leaving India on 54/2 after 12.5.
Kohli however managed to anchor himself and keep the score ticking.
Ajinkya Rahane at the other end also did his best to steady India and his support to Kohli was extremely valuable.
Kohli was the first of the two to complete a fifty and his knock - till that point, had six fours and a six.
He switched gears quickly and reached the three-figure mark off just 95 deliveries, ensuring India seize initiative and, eventually, the full control of the match.
While Kohli eventually fell for 136 and Rahane was removed on 73, India had almost crossed the finish line by then.
Bangladesh though will be proud of the cricket the team put on display with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim hitting 117 off 113 after his side was asked to bat.
Rahim was well supported by Anamul Haque who hit 77 as the two innings helped the hosts reach a strong total of 279/7 despite Mohammad Shami's four-wicket haul. <br><br>In the end though, it proved to be just a little less than what would have helped the side win.