Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Fatullah

Kohli century seals another chase

The Report by Mohammad Isam in Fatullah

February 26, 2014

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India 280 for 4 (Kohli 136, Rahane 73) beat Bangladesh 279 for 7 (Rahim 117, Anamul 77, Shami 4-50) by six wickets
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The Fatullah crowd waited for Virat Kohli to reach his 19th ODI hundred, and started heading for the exit soon after he reached the landmark. India still needed 77 from 12.3 overs in a chase that, if statistics were anything to go by, still had some juice remaining. They had every right to leave, however, as the India captain made 136 and easily brought out a six-wicket win.

Bangladesh's bowling attack hardly put a dent in the record 213-run third-wicket partnership, barely creating a chance that could keep the spectators on their seats for the entire game. Instead, the ground had almost emptied by the time India completed the win in 49 overs. This, after Bangladesh had posted 279 for 7 with captain Mushfiqur Rahim making 117.

This was the just the second time in ODI history that both captains scored hundreds in the same game. While Mushfiqur's century was about redemption after a series of controversies, Kohli ensured he wasn't trumped by his opposite number, particularly in a situation which favours him.

But the crux of the chase was with Kohli's regular mastery of the situation. He neither panics, nor takes things too lightly. His batting has the assuredness that every international team craves for, particularly when they have to chase high totals.


Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane put on 213 runs for the third wicket, Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup 2014, Fatullah, February 26, 2014
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were hardly bothered in their 213-run partnership © AFP
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Mushfiqur hurts shoulder

  • Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim injured his right shoulder after falling awkwardly on the cover boundary in the 44th over of the India innings. He was immediately taken for an X-ray which, according to media manager Rabeed Imam, didn't show any damage. He will still have an MRI scan on his shoulder.
  • Mushfiqur had given up the keeping gloves for a fourth successive ODI due to a finger injury he had picked up during training ahead of the ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Kohli has now equaled Brian Lara in the all-time list of hundreds in ODIs. Thirteen of the 19 have come while chasing. Only once has he failed, incidentally his last hundred earlier this year against New Zealand. This one ended on 122 balls, having struck 16 fours and two sixes.

Against a team that had thrice previously failed to defend scores in excess of 250 against India, this innings and the dominance under the lights was inevitable. Very much like most of Kohli's one-day centuries these days.

From 54 for 2 in the 13th over, Kohli took advantage of every loose ball that came his way, be it deliveries sliding down the leg side or those gone wide. When Bangladesh stopped giving him room or letting him curl his forearms, he unleashed the cover drive time and again. The rasping speed takes it past cover as soon as the fielder gets into position, and by the time the long-off fielder has taken a few steps to his left, the umpire signals four.

He reached his fifty off 48 balls in the 25th over, and his hundred off 95 balls in the 38th over. It was that easy. Ajinkya Rahane held it together at the other end, never giving away any advantage as he ensured Kohli was fed as much strike as possible. He made 73 off 83 balls, his fourth ODI fifty.

The first two wickets, through Abdur Razzak and Ziaur Rahman, were all Bangladesh could muster when the game was still in their grasp. Left-arm spinner Razzak is Bangladesh's most successful bowler in the second innings, but he went for 55 in his 10 overs, not beating Kohli and Rahane regularly enough.

Mashrafe was decent without any menace while Sohag Gazi continued his ordinary form, going wicketless in his first six overs, only picking up Rahane towards the end. His first delivery to Kohli was a rank long-hop, a nightmare which only Varun Aaron could relate to.

Mushfiqur's second ODI century, and his 133-run third wicket stand with Anamul Haque gave Bangladesh a competitive total. The pair came together in the 13th over after Shamsur Rahman could not handle Shami's extra bounce in the sixth over and Mominul Haque had clumsily got himself stumped off an inside edge off R Ashwin.

Anamul was more aggressive at the start of the partnership. He was particularly harsh on Aaron, picking up 34 runs off 19 deliveries from the pace bowler. Mushfiqur recovered his scoring rate at the latter end of the stand. Their partnership was the highest by a Bangladeshi pair against India, and the eighth century stand against today's winners.

Anamul struck two sixes with equal contempt off Aaron, both over long-on. He moved to his fifty with a straight six off Ashwin, who remained a quiet presence through the Bangladesh innings.

Anamul was dismissed by Aaron at the end of the 37th over but not before he had set up a platform with his 106-ball 77. Mushfiqur added 49 for the fourth wicket with Naeem Islam, after which he reached his century off 104 balls. With Ziaur, he added 29 off just 19 balls with the allrounder opening up his stance every once in a while to force the ball through the straight field. Ziaur struck two fours and a six, all through the mid-on arc.

Aaron struck Mushfiqur under his arm with a beamer in what turned out to be a nightmarish day for the fast bowler, who gave away 74 runs in 7.5 overs. He was clobbered around by Anamul and Mushfiqur mainly, and the ending, when he was taken off, was even more disappointing.

India's bowling was led by Shami's four-wicket haul, particularly his first two spells in which he hardly let any batsman get on top of him even on a flat wicket. His performance and the young batting line-up's successful chase would be aspects India would be rather pleased with going into bigger matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan later this week.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

Um, just curious..... I could be wrong.... do the Indians say "Paper Tigers" to denote weakness and suggest Bangladesh are flimsy and can be punched through? I never got it... is that what it means? Oh, right.... um, I don't support either team and, no doubt, Bangladesh are super crap except in their own minds.... but, um, India, you have all the cash, 1.4 billion people and you are craptastically underwhelming and got thrashed by my Black Caps 4-0 and should have been 5-0 if properly adjudicated. A country of 4 million whose number two sport is cricket....so, um, does that not make you stressfully, riotously poor? Hmmm...So is the uninventive paper Tiger line... like, get inventive? Cheers... you both suck the big kumara.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (February 28, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

This is what Gavaskar said of the Aaron bowling incident against Mushifiqur while commenting on TV;

"That one seemed intentional. This should not have been the way to stop the batsman and the bowler should be dealt a stricter punishment,"

It is also a credit to Gavaskars integrity and sportsmanship that he was so candid about the incident. The context is as follows:

It happened after Aaron had conceded 56 runs in his previous 7 overs. In his 8th over, he conceded 17 runs in the first 5 balls and then in his last ball, after a long discussion with Kholi, the ball hit Mushi way above his waist. It was the second time he had done this and the umpire banned him from bowling any more in the inning.

Of course the bottom line is, it's all about winning ... right???

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 28, 2014, 5:21 GMT)

Some BD fans think talking rubbish before the match will give them victory and some of them think talking rubbish will ease the embarrassment of losing after the match! They call Virat Kohli - the only player who got centuries in SA, NZ or where ever he played- a Flat track Bully!!In that case, does they able to mention a player who scored centuries in all countries from BD team or any other Asian team? BD fans arguing like kids to hide their agony!!

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 2:37 GMT)

IT was a good game indeed. But as a Bangladeshi fan I would love to see a match between full strength Bangladesh and full strength India without any dew.... having said that I also have to say It is a pleasure to see Virat Kohli bat.... He is a real batting wonder.

Posted by SkyCutter on (February 27, 2014, 20:26 GMT)

Note that Virat Kohli and Dhoni are a different level of players for IND. They are in a leauge of their own. Match Winners !!!

Posted by android_user on (February 27, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

@airfyourfool or whatever so many ifs and buts...is it like this only...if Pak could win semi they could have won worldcup sound great isn't it?grow up and understand. every team is bound to loose against every team.. BD defeats india once in ten matches that doesnt serve a logic...What heights of Greatness did BD acheive? defeating once each test team...ohh ya its a great achievement. ..Nz played better cricket and they won again I will say batting was good there..its our bowling that is below par...the fact is accepted..but it is allowed to win matches with exceptional batting and below par bowling...unless icc makes some rules every team has an era.. so did pak so did India.. you guys keep cherishing imrans wasims and waqars rightly so...but that doesnt mean india's current team is below par.. talk about present tense...talk about how many wonders ( or should I say blunders) can current Paki team can create with bat..live in presence ours is better than yours and lankans..

Posted by android_user on (February 27, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

@airfyourfool or whatever so many ifs and buts...is it like this only...if Pak could win semi they could have won worldcup sound great isn't it?grow up and understand. every team is bound to loose against every team.. BD defeats india once in ten matches that doesnt serve a logic...What heights of Greatness did BD acheive? defeating once each test team...ohh ya its a great achievement. ..Nz played better cricket and they won again I will say batting was good there..its our bowling that is below par...the fact is accepted..but it is allowed to win matches with exceptional batting and below par bowling...unless icc makes some rules every team has an era.. so did pak so did India.. you guys keep cherishing imrans wasims and waqars rightly so...but that doesnt mean india's current team is below par.. talk about present tense...talk about how many wonders ( or should I say blunders) can current Pak team can create with bat..live in presence ours is better than yours and lankans..

Posted by Legaleagle on (February 27, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

Paper tigers (Bangladesh) feeling lost because boasting alone is not winning them any matches. They are so called champions at home - lost 4 one day matches on the trot and counting!!

Posted by Ammo666 on (February 27, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully. No wonder IND fans getting kicked on their face by over boasting unnecessary! First learn to praise good cricket & Mushfiqur then expect from BD fans! we don't expect like that & here i can see what is your level of standard & how much is your understanding ability on my comments... & Kohli is a so called legend (very consistent only in IND & in flat track subcontinent condition) but only Tendulkar is a real legend & you should be very happy with it..stop saying like a Fast_Track_Bully & be a Flat_Track_Bully which suits you being an IND'n fan:)... yes BD was 25 runs short like the way they were going & for IND it could have been also 25 of last 6 right rather than 43 of 18 right..interesting! but i am not even saying that so forget it! @martin000. ICC knows very very well than some of very ordinary minded ppl like you that's pathetic..that's why IRE is still there but BD earned it fairly so IRE also must earn that so think 10 times before comparing even& saying such

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