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Kohli Fashions India's Facile Win Against Bangladesh

PTI 11 Jan 2010, 21:19:12 IST
In-form Virat Kohli hammered his second ODI ton to script India's facile six-wicket victory over Bangladesh in a dead rubber of the ongoing tri-series in Mirpur on Monday night.

With India and Sri Lanka having already booked their place in Wednesday's final, today's match was of merely academic interest.

India first restricted the hosts to 247 for six and then chased down the target with seven overs to spare.

Dinesh Karthik (34) and Gautam Gambhir (41) gave India another brisk 64-run start before Kohli took over to complete the formality in Suresh Raina's (18) company.

 Kohli's unbeaten 95-ball 102 included 11 hits to the fence.

Batting on 94, Kohli hit back-to-back fours off Shakib Al Hasan to reach his century and score the winning runs.

Chasing a modest 248, India got just the kind of start they needed with Karthik and Gambhir finding boundaries at regular intervals.

Karthik sent the first ball of the second powerplay -- Abdur Razzak was the bowler -- out of the park before perishing caught behind in the next over.

As if to take revenge, Gambhir hit Shafiul for three fours on the trot in his next over before Naeem Islam breached his gate.

Left-handed Gambhir danced down the track to hoist Naeem only to be beaten by the flight of the delivery that disturbed the stumps. Gambhir hit five fours in his 46-ball innings.

Yuvraj Singh (25-ball 13) then came in and he was trying to give his partner Kohli more strike but he failed to fend off a Naeem delivery that straightened after pitching to be out LBW and India were in a spot of bother at 133 for three in the 24th over.

The script looked like going the way of the earlier match between the two sides on January 7 when India lost the two openers and Yuvraj for Kohli and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to revive the run chase.

Kohli carried on from where he left yesterday against Sri Lanka, mixing caution with aggression as he picked gaps and ran hard for the ones and twos and scoring occasional boundaries to race to his fifty in 47 balls with the help of five fours.

Dhoni, who scored a hundred in their earlier match against the same opponents, played in the same fashion as his junior partner and as India scored at a brisk pace.

But just as India were cruising to the target, Dhoni perished in the 37th over while trying for big shot by dancing down the track although he could only offer an easy catch to Imrul Kayes at mid-on off Shakib Al Hasan.

The Indian captain, who hit three fours in his 35-ball 32, shared a 68-run stand for the fourth wicket from 75 balls with Kohli and when he was out India needed 47 runs from 13.5 overs. PTI