Captain Kohli tames the Tigers

Virat Kohli cracks 19th ODI century as India beat hosts Bangladesh by six wickets in a high-scoring Asia Cup match.

    Virat Kohli is the quickest to 19 ODI tons with Chris Gayle, second, taking 65 more games than Kohli [Reuters]
    Virat Kohli is the quickest to 19 ODI tons with Chris Gayle, second, taking 65 more games than Kohli [Reuters]

    Captain Virat Kohli cracked a stylish 19th One-Day International century in guiding India to a six-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.

    Bangladesh-India scorecard

    Bangladesh innings

    A Haque b Aaron 77
    S Rahman c & b Shami 7
    M Haque st Karthik b Ashwin 23
    M Rahim c Sharma b Shami 117
    N Islam c Ashwin b Shami 14
    N Hossain c Karthik b Shami 1
    Z Rahman c Aaron b Kumar 18
    S Gazi not out 3
    M Mortaza not out 1

    Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 12, nb 2) 18 
    Total (7 wickets; 50 overs) 279
    Fall of wickets 1-16, 2-49, 3-182, 4-231, 5-241, 6-270, 7-276

    India innings

    R Sharma b Rahman 21
    S Dhawan lbw b Razzak 28
    V Kohli b Hossain 136
    A Rahane c sub b Gazi 73
    A Rayudu not out 9
    D Karthik not out 2

    Extras (lb 1, w 9, nb 1) 11 
    Total (4 wickets; 49 overs) 280 
    Fall of wickets 1-50, 2-54, 3-267, 4-272

    Kohli anchored a characteristic chase under lights with a solid 136 and found an apt foil in Ajinkya Rahane (73), with whom he added 213 for the third wicket that helped them chase down 280 in 49 overs.

    Kohli ensured India did not miss regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was forced to sit out the tournament due to a left side strain, by smashing 16 fours and two sixes in his dominating knock.

    India reached 280-4 after Bangladesh scored 279-7, with captain Mushfiqur Rahim (117) and Anamul Haque (77) notching the bulk of the runs. Abdur Razzak felt Bangladesh had enough runs on the board but it was not easy to defend the total in moist conditions.

    "The dew caused problems, and we had not anticipated that,'' Razzak said. "Mushfiqur has improved a lot and he is playing very well for the team. We will have to push a little bit more batting first.''

    Kohli, considered the captain in waiting, delayed the middle order being tested in the absence of Dhoni as well as experienced left-handers Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, who were not selected for the tournament.

    Kohli was dismissed just 13 runs off the target when pace bowler Rubel Hossain bowled him off a yorker. Rahane holed out to the deep five runs later but the dismissals were too late for Bangladesh to fight back.

    "It was very important for someone like Ajinkya to bat through the innings,'' Kohli said. "He's a very positive guy, works very hard. So it was good for us to stay together till the end.''

    SOURCE: AP


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