Virat Kohli's ton sails India to victory in Asia CupCricket

February 27, 2014 12:00
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Virat Kohli once again stamped his competency as a captain after India defeated Bangladesh by six wickets in the second match of the ongoing Asia Cup in Fatullah yesterday.

Despite Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim hitting 117 off 113 balls, sharing a third-wicket stand of 133 with Anamul Haque (77) and putting up a competitive score of 279 for seven on board, India's stand-in skipper Kohli, smashed off a136 off 122 balls to lead India past the challenging target in just 49 overs.

The uber skillful 25-year-old smashed 16 boundaries and two sixes in his 19th one-day century to reach a ton.

Ajinkya Rahane chipped in crucial 73, adding 213 for the third wicket with Kohli after the Indian side almost collapsed to 54 for two by the 13th over.


Kohli lifted the trophy of man of the match. During his acceptance speech, the dynamic future captain of India mulled on the team's performance rather than blowing his own trumpet, a trait of an exceptional leader.

"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 blamed the defeat to the evening dew.

AW: Suchorita Choudhury

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