Asia Cup: Skipper Virat Kohli slams ton against Bangladesh

Updated: 27 February 2014 11:33 IST

Stand-in skipper Virat Kohli scripted a crucial century - his 19th in ODIs - to take his team to safety while chasing 280 for a win in the Asia Cup match at Fatullah.

Asia Cup: Skipper Virat Kohli slams ton against Bangladesh

Virat Kohli showed against Bangladesh on Wednesday, that captaining India has hardly affected his batting. The in-form Delhi batsman scripted a crucial 136- his 19th century in ODIs - to help his team win their first Asia Cup match by six wickets, in Fatullah. He hit 16 fours and two sixes in his innings.


Kohli was responsible for adding stability to India's chase at a time when Bangladesh bowlers were on a rampage. Shikhar Dhawan (28) had been removed while his opening partner Rohit Sharma (21) followed soon after. With the team on 54/2 in 12.5 overs, India's new skipper steered his side clear to seize the initiative back. (Read: Virat Kohli fastest to 19 centuries, breaks Chris Gayle's world record)

On a pitch where the ball was keeping low, the 25-year-old took his time to adjust. With Ajinkya Rahane (73) giving good support from the other end, it was not long before Kohli switched gears against both spin and pace. (Scorecard | Highlights | Pics)

Kohli notched up his 31st fifty off just 48 deliveries with six fours and a six signaling his aggressive intent. The signal became an outright alarm for the hosts as the in-form batsman kept scoring all over the ground - silencing a near-capacity stadium.

Kohli eventually strolled to his century - which took him 95 deliveries - exposing Bangladesh's inability to find a way to silence him. And by the time he fell after a heroic knock, India had already reached a position of strength, winning eventually by six wickets and an over to spare.



Topics : Cricket
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