Asia Cup 2nd Match: India breeze past Bangladesh behind Kohli’s century

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Kohli is all smiles after scoring his 19th ODI century

India captain Virat Kohli led by example as he scored a stunning century to help his side breeze past Bangladesh by six wickets in Fatullah.

Kohli was well supported by batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a brilliant half-century, and pace bowler Mohammed Shami, who took four wickets.

Kohli would have been overjoyed with his decision to bowl first as Bangladesh opening batsman Shamsur Rahman was caught and bowled by Shami for just seven runs.

Mominul Haque scored 23 runs before he was stumped by Dinesh Karthik off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin.

Anamul Haque and Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim stabilised the innings with a 133-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Haque was clean bowled by Varun Aaron for 77, which came off 106 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes.

Naeem Islam only made 14 runs before he was caught by Ashwin at extra cover off the bowling of Shami.

Nasir Hossain failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling of Shami for only one run.

Ziaur Rahman made a quickfire 18 before he was brilliantly caught by Aaron in the cover region off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Rahim ended up scoring a career-best 117 off 113 balls, which included seven boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Rohit Sharma at deep midwicket off the bowling of Shami.

Thanks to Rahim and Haque, Bangladesh finished on 279/7 off their 50 overs.

Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers with four wickets, while Kumar, Aaron and Ashwin chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 280 to win, India got off to a solid start as their opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Sharma amassed a 50-run partnership before Dhawan was given out lbw off the bowling of Abdur Razzak for 28.

Sharma ended up making 21 runs before he was clean bowled by Ziaur Rahman.

From that point on, it was all India as Kohli and Rahane put together an outstanding 213-run partnership, during which Kohli brought up his 19th ODI century and Rahane his half-century, before Kohli was clean bowled by Rubel Hossain for 136 off 122 balls, which included 16 boundaries and two sixes.

Rahane managed to get to 73 off 83 deliveries, which included seven boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Imrul Kayes, who was the substitute fielder, at long-on off the bowling of Sohag Gazi.

Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu scored the remaining runs with ease to give India a six-wicket win.

Hossain, Razzak, Rahman and Gazi all picked up one wicket each.

Razzak, who voiced the views of Rahim since he sustained an injury, admitted that Bangladesh underestimated how big of a factor the dew was.

“Yeah, we had enough runs,” he said. “But the dew caused problems, and we had not anticipated that. 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, who was named Man of the Match, was ecstatic with his team’s performance, and said: “I am very happy with the team performed. “We bowled well today, there was an improvement in the death overs. Good to see everyone step up in the absence of MS Dhoni.

“I always thank my dad everytime I achieve something. He worked very hard to help me get where I am.

“It was very important for someone like Ajinkya to bat through the innings – he was playing so well in NZ and SA and he played beautifully here too. He is a very positive guy – works very hard. So it was good for us to stay together till the end.”

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