India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 13, 2012

A Kohli-Gambhir show again

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Stats highlights from India's convincing 50-run win in their first match of the Asia Cup
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India bounced back in style in their opening game of the Asia Cup following their early exit in the tri-series in Australia. Here are highlights from a game dominated yet again by the Virat Kohli-Gautam Gambhir partnership

  • Kohli scored his tenth century in ODIs in just his 83rd match. It is also his second consecutive century against Sri Lanka after the match-winning 133 in India's final league match in the tri-series in Australia. Kohli now has three centuries in matches in Mirpur, including one in the opening match of the 2011 World Cup against Bangladesh. Among batsmen with 3000-plus ODI runs, Kohli's average of 48.42 is behind only those of Michael Bevan, MS Dhoni, AB de Villiers and Michael Hussey.
  • Gambhir also scored his tenth ODI century and his first since his century against New Zealand in December 2010. Gambhir has been dismissed four times in the 90s including twice in consecutive matches in the recently concluded tri-series in Australia. The century was also Gambhir's third in Mirpur and fifth against Sri Lanka. Only Sachin Tendulkar, Saeed Anwar and Adam Gilchrist have more centuries against Sri Lanka.
  • Kohli and Gambhir added another century stand to their already impressive partnership record. Their partnership aggregate of 873 runs against Sri Lanka is now only 255 runs behind the all-time leading aggregate by a pair against Sri Lanka (Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly with 1128 runs). The century stand for the second wicket is also India's 70th for that wicket in ODIs. Only Australia have more second-wicket century stands (77) than India.
  • The 205-run stand between Kohli and Gambhir was their third double-century partnership in ODIs. They now move level top with Tendulkar and Ganguly on the list of batting pairs with the most double-century stands in ODIs. It is the seventh 200-plus stand for India against Sri Lanka and the second for this pair against Sri Lanka.
  • Sachin Tendulkar has now gone for more than one year in ODIs (12 ODIs) without a century. His last century came against South Africa in the World Cup game in Nagpur. In his last eight innings in ODIs, he has scored just 149 runs at 18.62. Overall (Tests and ODIs combined), his longest century-less streak was in 2007 (34 innings). Since last year, he has now gone 33 innings without a century.
  • The 78-run stand between Dhoni and Suresh Raina was scored at a run-rate of 10.88. This partnership run-rate is the third-highest for India in ODIs against Sri Lanka for a fifty-plus partnership. The highest is 13.09 in the century stand between Kohli and Raina in the stunning chase in Hobart.
  • India made their 68th 300-plus score in ODIs, the most by any team. However, their win-loss ratio of 4.58 in these matches is far behind that of the leader (Australia with 15.00). It is also their 15th 300-plus score against Sri Lanka and moves them level with Pakistan on the list of teams with the most such scores against a particular opponent. (Pakistan have 15 300-plus scores against India).
  • The win is India's 71st in ODIs against Sri Lanka. Only Australia (85 wins against New Zealand) and Pakistan (75 wins against Sri Lanka) have more wins against a particular team.
  • Sangakkara's half-century takes his tally of fifty-plus scores against India to 19. Only Sanath Jayasuriya, with 21 fifty-plus scores, is above Sangakkara on the list of batsmen with most such scores against India.
  • Mahela Jayawardene's strike rate of 132.20 is his third-highest for a fifty-plus score and his highest for such a score in ODIs against India.
  • Mirpur has hosted 31 ODIs since the beginning of 2010. Harare and Dambulla are next, having hosted 14 matches each in the same period.

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  • Indian_55 on March 14, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    MS Dhoni will keep on giving match practice to CSK players in Indian team so that they get some form and perform well in IPL...Especially Jadeja.

  • Cric_Tic on March 14, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    please let Sachin get his century this time... atleast then we can end another chapter... we can rebuild team before next world cup.. No offense to him or his fan.. but he is not the same Sachin with his reflex becoming slower..at international level you hav to be alws at the peak of your mind n body..

  • arunpregash on March 14, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    @Ha8rick: Youngsters have been getting oppurtunity always. Just that they get carried away, because of too much media attention and too much hype they get from IPL. Even if sachin does not play, how many yougsters will get oppurtunity?.

  • arunpregash on March 14, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @All: Who are against Sachin: Each match is important, not just the World Cup. If a player is capable enough, fit enough and has proved ENOUGH at the highest level, he should be playing. Form is temporary but class is permanent. We all know the class of Tendulkar!!!. There is nothing wrong in playing the game till you are 50!!! as long as you are fit and capable and as long as you are enjoying the game as much as you did when you started playing it!!!

  • cool2cool on March 14, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    @Tuan Asif Rassool: When was the last time your team beat India in the bigger tournaments like WC (7-0 to India in 50-50 and t-20 WCs)? Does that mean your team is poorer than India?

  • Haleos on March 14, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @IamDan - very well said mate. I am SRT fan but I believe he should come down the order in ODI's or not play them at all. He is just making guys like Rahane, Tiwary keep waiting for their chances.

  • on March 14, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    guys guys.. alert ravi ashwin moves into top 10 rankings for ODI bowlers..

  • bipulkumar on March 14, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    @Creative Fisher - Kohli has not been given Vice-Captaincy just for his batting against SL in one inning. You should know that Kohli has captained under-19 team that won the under-19 world cup. He has already excelled as a captain. He is very consistent and most likely to be in the team for a long time to come. Captaincy has never been Sachin's forte, he has always failed at that. It's pretty useless to compare Kohli with Sachin.

  • on March 14, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Kohli was supposedly rewarded with vice-captaincy because of his good batting against SL in Australia. Not a good reason unless he is being groomed to be a captain in the next 3-4 years, which is too soon. Even Sachin failed at that age.

  • IamDan on March 14, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    I don`t want to upset any Tendulkar fans, but his sharpness at the crease is gone, he is more of a grinder now, sure he still has plenty to offer India, but not opening the batting against the new ball. Virat Kohli is in sensational form, i believe he should be opening with Gambhir, how often in Australia was Kohli batting before the first 5 overs were bowled. Sachin/Sehwag at 3, Sharma 4, Sehwag 5/Raina5, Dhoni 6, but soon a decision has to be made on Sachin, in 4 years time he is 42, and wont play in the next world cup. Sehwag is younger, and can bat anywhere in the top 5, and is a better fielder than Sachin now, bowls good honest offies too, does Sehwag. India also has another 4 or 5 very exciting batsmen who cannot get a go in their team at the moment, almost an embarrassment of riches in younger batsmen. My point is, i think Sachin, should just concentrate on Test`s, ala Ponting, and his 100th, 100, will either come in Tests or not at all.

  • Indian_55 on March 14, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    MS Dhoni will keep on giving match practice to CSK players in Indian team so that they get some form and perform well in IPL...Especially Jadeja.

  • Cric_Tic on March 14, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    please let Sachin get his century this time... atleast then we can end another chapter... we can rebuild team before next world cup.. No offense to him or his fan.. but he is not the same Sachin with his reflex becoming slower..at international level you hav to be alws at the peak of your mind n body..

  • arunpregash on March 14, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    @Ha8rick: Youngsters have been getting oppurtunity always. Just that they get carried away, because of too much media attention and too much hype they get from IPL. Even if sachin does not play, how many yougsters will get oppurtunity?.

  • arunpregash on March 14, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @All: Who are against Sachin: Each match is important, not just the World Cup. If a player is capable enough, fit enough and has proved ENOUGH at the highest level, he should be playing. Form is temporary but class is permanent. We all know the class of Tendulkar!!!. There is nothing wrong in playing the game till you are 50!!! as long as you are fit and capable and as long as you are enjoying the game as much as you did when you started playing it!!!

  • cool2cool on March 14, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    @Tuan Asif Rassool: When was the last time your team beat India in the bigger tournaments like WC (7-0 to India in 50-50 and t-20 WCs)? Does that mean your team is poorer than India?

  • Haleos on March 14, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @IamDan - very well said mate. I am SRT fan but I believe he should come down the order in ODI's or not play them at all. He is just making guys like Rahane, Tiwary keep waiting for their chances.

  • on March 14, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    guys guys.. alert ravi ashwin moves into top 10 rankings for ODI bowlers..

  • bipulkumar on March 14, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    @Creative Fisher - Kohli has not been given Vice-Captaincy just for his batting against SL in one inning. You should know that Kohli has captained under-19 team that won the under-19 world cup. He has already excelled as a captain. He is very consistent and most likely to be in the team for a long time to come. Captaincy has never been Sachin's forte, he has always failed at that. It's pretty useless to compare Kohli with Sachin.

  • on March 14, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Kohli was supposedly rewarded with vice-captaincy because of his good batting against SL in Australia. Not a good reason unless he is being groomed to be a captain in the next 3-4 years, which is too soon. Even Sachin failed at that age.

  • IamDan on March 14, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    I don`t want to upset any Tendulkar fans, but his sharpness at the crease is gone, he is more of a grinder now, sure he still has plenty to offer India, but not opening the batting against the new ball. Virat Kohli is in sensational form, i believe he should be opening with Gambhir, how often in Australia was Kohli batting before the first 5 overs were bowled. Sachin/Sehwag at 3, Sharma 4, Sehwag 5/Raina5, Dhoni 6, but soon a decision has to be made on Sachin, in 4 years time he is 42, and wont play in the next world cup. Sehwag is younger, and can bat anywhere in the top 5, and is a better fielder than Sachin now, bowls good honest offies too, does Sehwag. India also has another 4 or 5 very exciting batsmen who cannot get a go in their team at the moment, almost an embarrassment of riches in younger batsmen. My point is, i think Sachin, should just concentrate on Test`s, ala Ponting, and his 100th, 100, will either come in Tests or not at all.

  • on March 14, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    India's resurgence in odis is mainly becoz of gambhir- kohli partnership snd dhoni and raina !! Sehwag is once in a full moon and sachin shd be replaced with tiwary

  • on March 14, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    Now indians are back in the Subcontinent Pitches,they will be a team to reckon.Remember they are the Flat track champions.

  • on March 14, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    Ganguly was involved is highest number of 200+ partnerships - 6. Dravid is the only person to be involved in two 300+ partnership.

    2 legends of the game. One a stylish player cut out for ODI. One a unsung hero, who carved the place for himself in ODI format.

  • Ha8rick on March 14, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Bangladesh: Please let our beloved Sachin score a Century so that he can retire quickly and let the youngsters get an opportunity.

  • johnathonjosephs on March 14, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Gambhir and Dhoni ALWAYS does good against the Sri Lankans. Kohli has showed in the last couple of matches that he too also is dominant over the Lankans. Sri Lanka's real problem is the lower middle order (5, 6, 7). I feel that Sri Lanka really missing out on Matthews and Perera, but they also lost their heads by not giving Malinga a game today. Malinga could have definitely saved some 20 runs in the death overs and Perera/Matthews are WAY better than Kapugedera/Thirimanne. On over Thirimanne/Tharanga, I feel that Thirimanne can be kept for Tests, but Tharanga should be in the one day squad (he can also bat as an opener in case of injury). Kapugedera really needs to get kicked out. I have no idea why he is always picked. 90 ODI's and averaging 20 for a specialist batsman? Even Bangladesh would have kicked him out a lot sooner

  • AlpsRock on March 13, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    Great to see the young lad (Kohli) doing a great job in ODI recently, esp he and Gauti seems to have good understanding (Delhi Boys!).

    I still don't understand what's up with Dhoni / BCCI to keep Jadeja (only a good fielder) around? Well, Dhoni's supporter i guess - Raina, PK, Jadeja (some deal between Dhoni - CSK - BCCI)...Not sure why he is not supporing IP or YP...don't get it...Poor Dhinda (From Bengal - SG connection, i guess)...

  • SamuelThorpe7 on March 13, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    SRI LANKA will enjoy shopping in Bangladesh after they loose to Pakistan LOLZ. India Pakistan final is what we want to see :)

  • Amansharief on March 13, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    how conveniently people forget the Agneepath series(joke)....so much hype pre series and all came back punctured. Why do we even have that useless Jadeja in the team. i hate him the most and mostly because of his persistent in the team by Dhoni...fit for nothing lad..

  • Nadeem1976 on March 13, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Virot is best indian ODI batsman for a year now. He is too good.

  • street_smart on March 13, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Again an arrogant team management made a team selection keeping Dinda out & playing VK, PK & IP who are of similar speed bracket. Jadega still persisted. We were lucky because 300+ plus score was on board. If we still make this stupid team selection we need to pay the price in future...

  • BellCurve on March 13, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    SRT has now gone 367 days without a century in International cricket. He is currently the oldest player in Test cricket. He should consider following Dravid's lead.

  • on March 13, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Wow Kohli and Gambhir have the same amount of centuries. The latter has been there for a while, just shows Kohli is a class act!

  • darsh127 on March 13, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Gambhir- Kohli -- Just Brilliant. Tendulkar- Plz hero, step up your game, i still believe in you, your safe in this indian side as long as they keep winning, when they will lose, you will be the one these fans will blame.

  • zuber21886 on March 13, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Such an uneven statement from dhoni, he says Irfan and Vinay supported Praveen, now how can he say that, Irfan and Vinay were the major strikers.

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  • zuber21886 on March 13, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Such an uneven statement from dhoni, he says Irfan and Vinay supported Praveen, now how can he say that, Irfan and Vinay were the major strikers.

  • darsh127 on March 13, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Gambhir- Kohli -- Just Brilliant. Tendulkar- Plz hero, step up your game, i still believe in you, your safe in this indian side as long as they keep winning, when they will lose, you will be the one these fans will blame.

  • on March 13, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Wow Kohli and Gambhir have the same amount of centuries. The latter has been there for a while, just shows Kohli is a class act!

  • BellCurve on March 13, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    SRT has now gone 367 days without a century in International cricket. He is currently the oldest player in Test cricket. He should consider following Dravid's lead.

  • street_smart on March 13, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Again an arrogant team management made a team selection keeping Dinda out & playing VK, PK & IP who are of similar speed bracket. Jadega still persisted. We were lucky because 300+ plus score was on board. If we still make this stupid team selection we need to pay the price in future...

  • Nadeem1976 on March 13, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Virot is best indian ODI batsman for a year now. He is too good.

  • Amansharief on March 13, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    how conveniently people forget the Agneepath series(joke)....so much hype pre series and all came back punctured. Why do we even have that useless Jadeja in the team. i hate him the most and mostly because of his persistent in the team by Dhoni...fit for nothing lad..

  • SamuelThorpe7 on March 13, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    SRI LANKA will enjoy shopping in Bangladesh after they loose to Pakistan LOLZ. India Pakistan final is what we want to see :)

  • AlpsRock on March 13, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    Great to see the young lad (Kohli) doing a great job in ODI recently, esp he and Gauti seems to have good understanding (Delhi Boys!).

    I still don't understand what's up with Dhoni / BCCI to keep Jadeja (only a good fielder) around? Well, Dhoni's supporter i guess - Raina, PK, Jadeja (some deal between Dhoni - CSK - BCCI)...Not sure why he is not supporing IP or YP...don't get it...Poor Dhinda (From Bengal - SG connection, i guess)...

  • johnathonjosephs on March 14, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Gambhir and Dhoni ALWAYS does good against the Sri Lankans. Kohli has showed in the last couple of matches that he too also is dominant over the Lankans. Sri Lanka's real problem is the lower middle order (5, 6, 7). I feel that Sri Lanka really missing out on Matthews and Perera, but they also lost their heads by not giving Malinga a game today. Malinga could have definitely saved some 20 runs in the death overs and Perera/Matthews are WAY better than Kapugedera/Thirimanne. On over Thirimanne/Tharanga, I feel that Thirimanne can be kept for Tests, but Tharanga should be in the one day squad (he can also bat as an opener in case of injury). Kapugedera really needs to get kicked out. I have no idea why he is always picked. 90 ODI's and averaging 20 for a specialist batsman? Even Bangladesh would have kicked him out a lot sooner