Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 26, 2014

Kohli century seals another chase

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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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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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.

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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  • InsideHedge on February 26, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    This dew issue is a serious problem in ODI matches held in the sub continent. When it's this bad, it all comes down to the toss. In this game, we even had a smog issue!

    Good win for India. However, at the risk of taking some gloss off, the bowling was mediocre as usual. I thought Bangla batted very well, certainly they had no fear of the Indian bowling and batted with confidence. The Bangla skipper has a fine record against us - recall, he has a test ton too. Always a shame when a good hundred is scored in vain. Let's hope he doesn't have a bad injury otherwise Bangla will have no chance of winning this tourney.

    Just one more game to go before Shakib returns.

  • 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.

  • 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???

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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 !!!

  • 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..

  • 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..

  • 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!!

  • 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

  • InsideHedge on February 26, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    This dew issue is a serious problem in ODI matches held in the sub continent. When it's this bad, it all comes down to the toss. In this game, we even had a smog issue!

    Good win for India. However, at the risk of taking some gloss off, the bowling was mediocre as usual. I thought Bangla batted very well, certainly they had no fear of the Indian bowling and batted with confidence. The Bangla skipper has a fine record against us - recall, he has a test ton too. Always a shame when a good hundred is scored in vain. Let's hope he doesn't have a bad injury otherwise Bangla will have no chance of winning this tourney.

    Just one more game to go before Shakib returns.

  • 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.

  • 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???

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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 !!!

  • 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..

  • 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..

  • 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!!

  • 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

  • BanglaBandhu on February 27, 2014, 18:05 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 a afollows:

    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???

  • on February 27, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Yes, everyone agrees there were better bowlers. But how many games would people play those days. Now slow motion cameras, analysis softwares, DRS, third umpires, neutral umpires in tests, you play with all the bowlers in IPL other leagues, where you get to know the weakness of all the batmen, you know what are there favourite spots, injuries. It is a different ball game now. So people please dont bring up like Pele vs Maradona type debates. Let us give credit where it is due.

  • on February 27, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Another great innings from Kohli. He just picks up from where he ended his last innings. And it is always a treat to enjoy his drives in particular. Rahane was an admirable partner in keeping the innings going and giving Kohli all the batting. Dhawan does not learn anything. He kept trying the pull shot so often without much success and this was his doom also. It is high time Rohit learns some batting from Kohli and even from Rahane in building an innings. He is all at sea in meeting the outside the off stump balls. Rohit should be shunted down in the batting order. Rahim may have scored a century but the class belongs to Kohli. Aron should be rested and taught how to bowl with a mind. Maybe Ishant Pandey gets a chance to play now. Good luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I_Hate_Idiot_Fans on February 27, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Kohli is a great player, but saying that Kohli is as good as Tendulkar, or even better than Tendulkar is absurd and completely ridiculous. Kohli is only playing in flat track batting pitches of this generation, while Tendulkar showed most of his greatness in 90s and early 2000s when scoring runs was not so easy unlike on the easy pitches of today. Tendulkar played legend bowlers like McGrath, Warne, B Lee, McDermott, Ambrose, Walsh, Bishop, W Akram, W Younis, S Akhtar, S Mushtaq, A Donald, S Pollock, Ntini, I Botham, Flintoff, Murali, Vaas, etc. Who is Kohli playing? Low class bowler of these days! The only few bowlers of today who can match the legends from Tendulkar's generation are Steyn, Johnson, Malinga and may be couple more. And guess what, Tendulkar played these bowlers as well, and played very efficiently. Tendulkar's 200 in ODI was scored against Steyn & Co. Kohli needs to play at least 10 more years and keep this form, before he can be compared to Tendulkar.

  • Dhali_BD_Fan on February 27, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    @ BD admin: The ONLY thing that was truly disspointing is to see the BD player's Body Languagenear the end of the game - they had given up? Why SL is all of thier last 5 matches fought to the last ball and therefore won, what went wrong here?

    Good game, Kohli definately did his job to perfection and took his team home, but I think the bowlers, Shami, Ashwin and Jadeja did a great job as well. Their tight bowling well restricted our Batters who are famous for big hits. They kept the run rate low which allowed for less pressure and of course great batting to take India home.

  • Temuzin on February 27, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    I like good banter between cricket fans. They are so passionate that they will not accept defeat easily. There was another very passionate Indian fan who always appear when India lose. Nampally, where are you? we need your expert knowledge to teach kohli how to select a team. It seems you are always advising dhoni for strategy, why not advise kohli too. or are you waiting for India to lose? Dont deprive us from your cricketing genius.

  • ArifurKhadem on February 27, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    @ Dhananjay Sarpotdar & Ramz30380, You know what you guys' problems are- you simply don't know how to respect other people, not only just in cricket but everywhere. That's my experience being in Australia for nearly a couple of decades. And the same is believed by most Aussies. When you guys lose in any game, you always make up some excuses & when a team is lost to India, you all start throwing all the rubbish comments. Kiwis got banglawashed by tigers twice in a row. So BD have already proved several times that they're capable of beating any teams. During Imran Khan's era, India still being a good team, used to lose to Pakistan very often. Infact, the ratio used to be 80:20. You get to remember that that's cricket. Yesterday I was also disappointed but if BD could make another 20 runs or Kohli was caught when India still needed fair bit of runs, the result could have been different. Likewise I could produce 100 of examples. So I'd suggest you guys grow & learn how to respect others.

  • Temuzin on February 27, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    India has very good chance to win even against Pakistan and SriLanka. People calling absence of Dhoni and his ability to control run rate as India's weakness but they forget we have karthick. Didn't we said that Karthick is a better batsman than Dhoni on previous threads?

  • on February 27, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    The same batting combination should be persisted with. Then alone, they will become a "batting unit" (I could see the makings of that); instead of a bunch of young talented batsmen.

    But, Rohit should learn the art of rotating strike, when he can't bat freely in the early overs. His inability /unwillingness to do so was one of the reasons which keeps on putting more pressure on Dhawan, and we losing him early. If Rohit can't do it, he should exchange places with Rahane who is good at that, even in T-20.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 27, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Our batsmen did well against Bangladesh - SL and PAK have much better bowling attack. Kohli and Rahane will do fine, but I am worried about the other batsmen, especially our openers. Now that Dhoni is not there to finish off a match, the openers will have to take greater responsibility to pile up runs at a good run rate. The lower middle order can't control the run rate in the same way that Dhoni used to.

  • AravindVatsal82 on February 27, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Just the start what team needed,both openers got start failed to capitalize,Mr.Reliable,THE RUN MACHINE,DEPENDABLE,CHASER-CHEETHA s i am talking about the young kholi reminds me of the gr8 sachin when he was playing attacking game & opposition always thought to target & get the wicket to make difference in the end result,now its similar situation but ofcourse other young kids to play with,gd thing is it is not only the form but the natural ability of this player to pace the innings match after match,since he is very positive & confident ya immense talent helps him not to blame on the form just comes & delivers when it is needed,i would like see bit more competition within in team likes of rohit,dhawan,ajinkya to come back strongly & contribute,the next match with SLK but unlike PAK the indianside made of players with wright technique,should enjoy the battle of slinga & virat still i rate this IND team has the upper hand if u send back jayawardene,sanga back early to pavilion

  • KabsCricki on February 27, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    India's batting, Kohli in particular, are top class and a joy to watch. Will they be able to make up for a mediocre bowling unit throughout the tournament though? India needs to address that quickly as Sri Lanka and Pakistan will provide stern tests and Pakistan in particular has a bowling unit that could cause trouble and defend a 300 plus scoreline. I am a South African but in the sub continent I feel India are the best and I enjoy watching them(bat) and back them(unless they play S.A) and to me they are the favourites to win this cup; this is on paper. The world cup will be played on faster pitches down under so perhaps the selectors can blood some new young quicks. This tournament is an ideal place to do just that.

  • on February 27, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    RookieRockhopper. If you are so confident that India will not make the finals, why don't you accept a challenge. If India makes it to the final, you will stop making any further comments here. Sure you can come up with another comical username but atleast you will be reminded of how you had to eat your words. So do you have the courage to accept or are you like the SL cricket Team?

  • on February 27, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    King Ravana. Its true India has lost away Tests to SA, AUS, ENG and even NZ but we are quite happy with the way our young team competed and is shaping up for the future. What I dont get is how you convince yourself that SL gets better everytime India løses or how SL can be spoken in the same breath as AUS, SA or even ENG. SL neither historically nor in recent times havent done anything to be spoken of as a top side. On the other hand irrespective of the results, India is considered a top side by the people who matter the most and thats the oppising team players.

  • on February 27, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    King_Ravana. Your absolutely right that India's win yesterday is an upset. We are sorry this has upset SL chances of making it to the final, given that India losing to BD would have almost guaranteed SL a spot in the final. Well you can thank AFG if they manage to beat PAK today.

  • NP_NY on February 27, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    SL fans, it is not the fault of the Indian cricket team or the Indian fans that Srilankan cricket is so dependent on India. It is also not our fault that the SL cricketers love to play in the IPL. It is also not India's fault that SL has been dominated thoroughly by India the last 10 years.

  • Oracle_Magus on February 27, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Never Change the winning combination, that has been the age old beleif. And India should stick to the same team. Virat has to instill confidence into all players, especially Varun. Rohit and Dhawan are looking better. Rahane has shown that he can be the 'WALL' for the Indian team. We have good bench strength too in case of Injuries. Pujara and Pandey needs to wait a little longer. Performance of a player = Confidence X Luck Confidence of a player = Form X Assurance or place in team So let us hope that our players are confident when they step into the field for the next match.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    @ Ammo666. No wonder BD fans getting slap in their face! If your players or spectators or fans do not praise Kohli (even degrade him by saying he did well in flat tracks only!) then why you expect it from Indian fans!Nice to see your standard and how much you understood the comments here! ha ha

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 27, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    i was just going through all the comments made by the funniest fans evr(I mean srilanka)and no surprise I found many guys like @Nuwan Saranga and many guys ending their names with@lions @Rookie Rockhopper @bladerunner or @sllinga @thalanga @king ravana @bernard and two of the pak fans(@Albert campbell @mzm149 except whom all pak and other fans all around the world are humble) I was kindly amused and found myself on the floor fallen from my revolving chair. keep humoring us guys. THANKYOU VERY MUCH . one can very clearly see the frustration in your comments not able to beat India in the last 3 (or shud I say 5?) years. As far my stats goes, how many they have won my chaps?? 2? more than enough I would consider that. Therefore I would request all the fans from all over the world not to be bothered by their comments and just be humorous enough to laugh on their comments and make your day good. GOOD LUCK SL FANS!!!

  • ssenthil on February 27, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    @ All SL Fans commenting here unnecessarily must be worried about their own country first. I don't know where they have talent as their U-19 is tasting a defeat at the hand of Afgan U-19 for the 7th place play-off. I guess Afgan U-19 would even defeat the current SL team. I have to show a real sympathy towards their royal fans how they are feeling now and how they would take this defeat.

  • Ammo666 on February 27, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully as you commented with arrogance at first so reply offers here & don't ask me to check i already checked & it's only you who said BD will score 400 and bowl out India below 100 no one else & that's reality too!...I believe no BD fan can write such like IND's fans like you do!! By the way ppl can only learn lame excuses from IND'n fans but never sportsmanship you must learn the fundamental of sportsmanship & then come to talk, you ppl don't know to appreciate or say anything good to any against team player when they do well against IND either they win or lose but IND will remain the best of the best (how jealous)…I at least said about Kohli's performance but have you said anything about Mushfiq being a IND'n fan did you??? why talking about players only… & again don't be in your fantasy BD didn't even play recently in SA & NZ (what a flat joke) but your legendary IND played there & have WON all the matches, you have grown up HAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    @Ammo666. Go thru preview forums where I found it from a BD fan. Even more exaggerated comments in it. No need to go anywhere, look at own comment that India may lose if you have 25 runs more! lol! It was just '18 runs required from 30 balls' when Kohli got out. Consider it 43 from 30 balls at that time and still it is just 8.6 runs per over. With 8 wickets in hand in a flat pitch against BD bowlers it is easily achievable! Funny still it is hard to digest for you!

  • Cricpops on February 27, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    I am Pakistani but more I try to hate kohli the more I am starting loving this chap. What a performer and role model for youngster. Even at this age, the maturity showed by this man is awesome and he repeats it again and again which truly shows his hunger for runs. I wish we could have such a star in our team as well but it's fortunate for India that they have such class. Love and respect from Pakistan.

  • on February 27, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    @BDrox11 If you wanna include the achievements in the past 80 years, then here goes. Only team to win ODI world up twice apart from WI and Aus in 1983 and 2011. T20 WC in 2007 Won series against WI in 2002,2006,2010etc. Aus in 1997,1998,2001,2008,2009,2010. Won against SL in all the series except 2008(I think!). Won Eng series in 1992,1996,2002, 2006,2007,2008. Won Pak series in 2004, 2006. These are only series wins/achievments i remember after 1990. I haven't included those before that.

  • anshu.s on February 27, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Oaky there was dew but it was not that much ,Bangladesh slow bowlers extracted just little turn throught the game which indicated dew was not hampering them excessively, dew here compared to what you get in India is nothing , in the IND-AUS 7 math odi series and champions league held in India one could see huge mists of water spraying around whenever they employed the ropes durings the drink interval.

  • on February 27, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Bernard Fernando. Please dont play with us and Indian fans couldnt care less. After the stunt SLC pulled I hope BCCI døesnt agree to any bilateral series. Win or løse, death by boredom is guaranteed for Indian fans. We in India think playing SL is a waste of time and our cricketers learn nothing. India would rather tour NZ for some short series for the experience. I would rather see India play some Tier 1 teams and not lower its standards.

  • on February 27, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Asiri Kasun. Its called optimal utilisation of resources, respecting the opposition, spending time in the middle and getting the job done. You see we Indians use our brains in addition to talent.

  • Thyagu5432 on February 27, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    I think this Indian team is currently all about Kohli and now Rahane. Except the SA ODIs, Kohli has done well in all the matches (be it tests or ODIs). 25 centuries already and he has just started showing his potential in test matches. 100 international centuries seems not too tough and Sachin can start preparing to handover the baton.

    Outside of these two and to a certain extent Shami, this team looks pretty weak. Wont be surprised if Pak and SL win their matches against India. Btb, what has Ashwin done to his action? Suddenly, trying to bowl like Narine? Bajji might soon start harnessing hopes of a return.

  • Ammo666 on February 27, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    @Joe7sanchez I said BD was 25runs short by only considering the way they were batting so it comes 25 runs more easily I can say even but I didn't mean for that IND would have lose but who knows as IND won with just 6balls remaining...but anyway what matters at the end is IND won.

    @Fast_Track_Bully Its Only you who said BD will score 400 and bowl out India below 100 no one else & that's reality too!...I believe no BD fan can write such like IND's fans like you does!!

  • on February 27, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    After seeing India's performance yesterday, I am confident we will win this Asia Cup.

  • Virs_Ferrari on February 27, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    @bladerunner - Last 15 occassions that India played SL in ODIs, your team(Can never win a Final Lanka) won 3 times ( that is 20% of the games).. it is really amusing to see your bashing comments for a team which has thrashed SL so badly over the last 3 years..

  • ssenthil on February 27, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    @ Bernard Fernando, Have your team ever won a single TEST match in India? NEVER EVER and NEVER WILL BE. Go and keep dreaming. India have won many a series and Tournaments held in SL while SL have NEVER EVER won a series in India. They are always thrashed. Still how you people are able to comment without knowing those?

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    @Ammo666. Yes they are! Look at the comments before the match and even after the match!. I replied to arrogant comments in the same way. BD fans will think you will win the match 100% even before the match by bashing others! - Do not come-up with lame excuses. Same dew was the problem when India tried to defend 290 last time. - BD won all matches in SA & NZ...ha ha ha or at least one? lolz. You can find in cricinfo commentary that Indian players appreciated your batsman's 100 and check the footage of Kohli's dismissal where BD players are celebrating wicket. Yes, it is something to celebrate for the team like BD, but after that, donot teach us sportsmanship ! grow up!

  • msaurav on February 27, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    We indian cricket fans are just happy that we won the against BD, its not a big deal and dew is part of the game ,had BD batted second and won the game then you SL andPAk fans would have called it an great performance , and now when india won , u all are saying that it was just because of dew india won ???.No doubt BD has improved a lot . But like SL fans we dont start screaming after winning an game or start calling ourselves the Best in the world.

  • on February 27, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    lol india.......... they see the performance of tigers........... such a shame you cannot reach the target until the last over of the mach......... "World best team" only on their pitches......... lol lol lol lol

  • on February 27, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    it was a wonderful chase by Indians against Bangladesh in Asia cup . virat kholi did a good job and get century .it was a first victory after the overseas lose.

  • on February 27, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    india is my fouvarate team. and kholi is played good inning.

  • on February 27, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    We sri lankans dont like 2 play in India, because they are very scared of us , so they make funny pitches like in the previous tour where icc had band that particular ground. Thats how they treat visitors, and if we win a match , then we have to run for our lives to get rid of angry indian fans. So because of that we are maintaing a silent role in tours to India

  • Ammo666 on February 27, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully.. Oh really we BD fans are arrogant I already mentioned earliar who is that & that's "INDIA" & the world knows IND'n fans how much you all boasts & you ppl wins a match 70% even before a bowl being bowled doesn't matter against which team & if you win a single match then it doubles with huge arrogance OMG!! Ofcourse Kohli played very well but also couldn't bowl that & dew played a part & if any BD fans commented with arrogance then it was surely just in reply to you ppl's arrogant comment nothing else, sorry! So better you should come to reality here: & oh hey no it was not BD but your legendary IND who WON all the matches in SA & NZ LOLz!!

    @Ani.Indian If you really think those 3 wins were a lucky win then I can also say those 22 win over BD so far was also for being just LUCKY right..but that's totally illogical because you can only use the word luck sometimes only in close games & when bad weather stops a team from a definite win but not a 50-50 chance win

  • on February 27, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    After a long time I saw BD play and was blown away by their batting talent. Their bowling is worse than ours and thats saying something. Well played BD and well played Mushfiqur and Haque.

  • BDrox11 on February 27, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    @sidh78.. so after India playing test Cricket for 80+ years with the population of 1.2 Billion, their achievements are winning series in Eng in 2007 and draw series(1-1) in South Africa in last tour in 2011. OMG

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    @Albert_cambell . Funny that you still bashing the winning team India and your own team lost to SL and going to lose the game against Afgan now. I know, it will not be a big issue for you as Pak has a habbit of loosing to the minnows like Ireland frequently!

  • Naresh28 on February 27, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    @blade-runner, King - Whatever you say all comes back to you. Before the Bangladesh game you had placed India between Bangla and Nepal. today India thrashed Bangla. Also note we finished 5 in the U19 WC. We BEAT SL. Yes we agree that our bowling is not that great but we are still up there amongst the big guys. Your senseless comments come to nought if you look at our silverware cupboard - ODI WC, last U19 WC, T20, reaching Test No1 (when Kumble/Zaks were at the top) This is not that we boast of our status......your IRATIONAL comments are frowned on by many people.

  • alesana85 on February 27, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Wow India won a match... All joking aside it is good to see India put Bangladesh in their place especially after the taunting Bangladeshi fans gave Indians during the tour of nz. Kohli all class as usual.

  • ifti71 on February 27, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Well Played Bangladesh. I am sure without dew factor the match would have been more interesting. Its unfair when matches are decided on Toss.

    Its so unfortunate that Bangladesh gets so few matches and so less exposure. If I remember correctly the last India/Bangladesh encounter was in last Asia Cup. I am worried this situation will worsen for BD after the new bilateral series rule.

    BD players will improve a lot if they get frequent chances to play in different conditions. I hope the BIG 3 will keep their promises and will visit BD and/or invite BD for at-least 3 Test Match Series.

  • on February 27, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    its nice by the two boys kohli and rahane to keep ind in safe position in winning against bang.its nice how virat is leading the team .

  • sidh78 on February 27, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    This is for the fan of pak & sl team who called india a flat track bullies plz check your team's test record in aus eng & SA. first we see pak record 2002- SA 2-0 2006- SA 2-1 2012- SA 3-0. Lets look at how they did in England. 2001=1-1 2006-Eng 3-0 2010Eng 3-1. In Australia its no better 1999-Aus 3-0 2004- Aus 3-0 2009-Aus 3-0. Whitewashed on every occasion. Now how bout Sri Lanka. 2000- SA 2-0 2002-SA 2-0 2011-SA 2-1. In Australia 2004 -Aus 1-0 2007-Aus 2-0 2012- Aus 3-0.Against England 2002-Eng 2-0 2006-1-1 2011- Eng 1-0.so dear pak & sl fan ur record in aus is Aus 9-pak 0 & Aus 6-SL 0 respectively in recent year.so please just tell me who are the real flat track bullies & fyi india won series in eng in 2007 and draw series(1-1) in south africa in last tour in 2011

  • sidh78 on February 27, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Dear indian team bashers who call india flat track bullies please note the record of india on fast bouncy seaming tracks out side SC 1.india won 2 WC in 1983(ODI)&2007(T20)in eng & SA respe. 2.finalist in 2003 WC in SA 3.won CT this year 2013 in eng without loosing a single match(including warm up matches) 4.won CB series in aus defeating strong aus team having hayden ponting symond in 2008 in straight 2 finals 5.won Nest West trophy in eng in 2001 6.won U-19 WC in aus in 2013. 7.won test series in eng,NZ,WI 8.Draw test series in SA in 2011(1-1).nearly won that series but kallis inning save SA from defeat but india totally dominate that draw test match 9.nearly draw the test series in aus 2-2 in 2008 if umpiring in that series was not poor. 10.won tri series in WI in 2013. 11.india A team played very well in SA in 2013. Also india won many series & tournaments SL Ban. So if india is flat track bullies how can india have such good records on fast bouncy seaming pitches.

  • Smart_animesh on February 27, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @King_Ravanaa: We will see who are a mediocre team on 28th. We will see how you so called "GREATS" perform agaist India... 11 out of 15 remember??? LOL....

  • Albert_cambell on February 27, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1. I have no Idea Why do you bring SL and their players to reply to my comment. I have no issues if you believe I am a Sri lankan. Believe what you want. I have no problem with that..lol

  • Smart_animesh on February 27, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Nice to see the big mouth BD supporters face after the match. "Paper Tigers".. LOL...

  • cricket_tragic99 on February 27, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    Well done India - you beat Bangladesh. Who's next? St Patrick's under 14's B side.

  • MEHATELK on February 27, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    @ King_Ravanaa within last three years india gave 11 upsets to YOUR MIGHTY srilanka all were outside india,

  • Iceman29 on February 27, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    @ Yousufahmed1: Albert_cambell is an SA fan...request you to pls stop bashing SL team unnecessarily...

  • MEHATELK on February 27, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    @ King_Ravanaa within last three years india gave 11 upsets to YOUR MIGHTY srilanka all were outside india,

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    @King_Ravanaa aka Blade runner.SL were 60/8 or so against the same mediocre team few days back. SL won with 1 or 2 wickets with the help of tail-enders few days back. Now tell me who is more similar to the BD team? A no:2 team may not be as pathetic as a team below it. :D

  • martin000 on February 27, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    @Winner_Stands_Alone, Your comments makes sense and i really appreciate it but i am not sure whether you are aware of the real situation here?? We Indians don't even care about against whom you sri lankans are playing or you win or lose the match. You can visit the recently concluded srilanka- Ban series forums or any of your forums and compare how many indians bullied and degraded srilankan wins to this forum or any other forums that involves India where your srilankan mates frequently bullying us forgeting the fact that they are our punching bag and we own them. They started and now they are outnumbered in forums and humiliated in field. Of course they can cause a major UPSET once in a while by winning against us but they fact that remains the same.

  • Yousufahmed1 on February 27, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    @ King_Ravanaa Definition of a Legend in Sri Lanka. Anyone who can stand on the field for 560 overs and has an average of around 30 is a Legend. LEGEND OF THE GAME.

    SL fan Logic - If we win against BANG(by wrong decisions and dirty tactics of course) its a great performance. We are the best. If India wins against BANG then they have won against a low ranked side, not a big deal. And then they say that they respect cricket and fans. LOL. Talk about two faced people.

    Same thing happened during PAK series. Before the series they were like "we don't mind losing and blah blah" but during last day of last test we all saw what happened on that infamous day. SL cricketers crying so they could go off the feild. LOL.

  • Iceman29 on February 27, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Right now when we look at the teams...SL and Pak are better prepared and currently in form teams than Ind and BD...Even though we have beaten SL in the past so many time they are playing some very good cricket for the past couple of months...It will be really a tough task to beat SL and Pak in the Asia cup now...anyways best of luck for all the teams may the best team win....

  • priceless1 on February 27, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    "Agarkar: Difference in quality showed" i think more than that its showed the Different of lively pitch and flat pitch when India manged to win a match after few months

  • rsmehdihasan on February 27, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    why flat pitch! it is not the best pitch to use your home condition for BD. need another 30+ score. hopefully next time BD wil do something different if they are in good position to increase the score. When due is a factor then BD team management should play three seamers. When other teams are right about team combination then BD should pick according to pitch condition as they are used to this conditions than others.

  • Yousufahmed1 on February 27, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    The only time SL captain gets to touch the trophy when they pose for a photo with other captains. LOL

  • Yousufahmed1 on February 27, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    @ King_Ravanaa LOL. Last 15 ODIS between SL and IND IND - 11 SL - 3 N/R - 1

    11 upsets out of 15 matches. Well your SL team gets upset way more than they should. LOL.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    @King_Ravanaa aka Blade runner. When did SL won a test series in Aus, India? At least a test in Aus, India? How many tests SL won in SA, Eng? How many series? If SL considering Indian win as upset, then SL getting 10-15 upsets per year!! ha ha and for your Info. A drawn test and a tied ODI will not make a series "white-wash" . Why don't you talk about India's whitewash to Australia 4-0 in last test series in India?

  • Raginggbull on February 27, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    I really don't why Indian fans are talking in same terms with BD. Its very clear Indians are way ahead in ODI than BD wherever the match. Ind:22 BD:03 so far. But on any day, one team can play better. We like the competent character of BD. To say that Indians are having Kohli and thats why we are winning, yes we do have one player who is enough to rest you all. IF possible please develop a player like Kohli and try to be more competitive. Instead of that trying to pull in a bad taste that Kohli is the only player who is contributing is just showing how ignorant you are. Rahane is not in good touch in ODI format, but see how ease he tames your bowling attack.

  • King_Ravanaa on February 27, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    However India created a biggest upset yesterday by beating Bangladesh. though both are similar caliber teams, Bangladesh still miles ahead than Indian team. however yesterdays game is a great match between two mediocre teams

  • on February 27, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    I dont y ppl got into fight about their teams...Past is past U never can change it..I am die-hard cricket fan and I think comments are also should be in a respectable manner just like cricket.. We might loose to Srilanka and Pakistan I will be much happy if we loose in fighting match. Yesterday's match was telling us that our bowling is as bad as Pakistan's lower grade club and we need to improve on that. The way kohli played the match from the very first ball it shows how much talent he has & he is improving his attitude which is great to see that. Batting is never be a concern for India in the sub-continent. I think all big three here is equal chances to win this cup so please just support the game... I personally think Pakistan's biggest issue is that the whole country obsessed with Afridi and for India Dhoni's is obsessed with Ashwin, Rohit, Raydu,Raina . Pak shud ve won the last match but no worries best of luck for all the matches.. If I hurt Pakistan fans I apologies in advance

  • Ani.Indian on February 27, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    For all the CRITICS of INDIA. Let's come back to the Current Tournament. Check the Record of Indian Team in the Asia Cup:

    Total Tournaments - 11 India Won - 5 Sri Lanka won - 4 Pakistan Won - 2 BD Won - 0

    Will Look forward to add one more to India's Cap!!!

  • Fijicricket on February 27, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Posted by Albert_cambell on (February 27, 2014, 5:33 GMT) of Pakistan , has SA won ANY international tournaments ever? Guess who is the trophy holder of ICC World Cup and ICC Champions trophy lol. Don't forget to watch the battle of minnows Afghan v Pakistan who can't win a thing lol

  • gundapps on February 27, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Although India won their opener against BD, the lack of bite in their bowling attack was clearly seen when BD, without the services of a couple of their experienced seniors, put up a very good score. On a flat track the BD medium pacers showed better variations and beat our openers more often and overall bowling attack of BD looked superior. But for Kohli, I am sure they could have won this match. BD captaincy was not good - the best bowler on view was Ziaur Rahman and he bowled only 5 overs. In these pitch conditions a slow medium stump-to-stump bowler like him is ideal and teams should include a bowler of this type. For their next match India should include Binny in place of Rayudu and Mishra in place of Aaron for better balance in the team.

  • on February 27, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    so tired of these Indian hosts and commentators making biased comments! Mashrafe didn't "hope" for an upset, he clearly said it wouldn't be an upset since they have beaten India and other nations plenty of times before. Please get over the fact that Bangladesh are not minnows anymore. When Bangladesh will lose matches even though they come close to winning, people will bash them in every way possible stating their lack of experience etc. but when India lost every single match in NZ and by a lot, you won't hear the same level of critique...

  • King_Ravanaa on February 27, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1.. Guess what, here in SL if SL lost a single ODI or Test against IND, we still regard it as an upset. even Sa, Aus, Eng, considering recent performance against India in their home conditions, if they loose a single ODI or Test (which is dream) it is an upset for them like it is upset for Sl lol

  • on February 27, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    Story of Virat Kohli (Must Read): One night during December 2006, when Virat Kohli was with Team Delhi in Karnataka for his debut Ranji Season he got a call at 3 am to know that his Father Prem Kohli has died after being on the bed for a month due to a brain stroke. At that moment Virat was the overnight batsman for Delhi. He was in two minds whether to play or not and called his coach who was in Australia. His coach advised him to play as such chances does not come everyday and it is difficult to make it to the team. He went on to make 90 (on which he got a wrong decision) in that innings and saved the follow on for his team. He went straight to his dad's funeral after that innings and didnt take part in the rest of the match. He was only of 18 at that time and even the Karnataka players couldnt resist themselves from applauding him for his commitment and mental strength! :') A big salute to Virat Kohli for his commitment towards the game...

  • on February 27, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Pretty ordinary bangladesh expected performance, i dont know why bangladeshi supporters put so much expectation on their team, they have been playing ODI cricket since nearly 2 decades, still not improving when compared to ireland and afghanistan, they should be a qualifying round for ASIA cup with china and singapore etc. Also before you compare to india, we won the world cup, champioins trophy, 2 under-19 cups, won a test series in england, new zealand, drew in aus , Sa in the last decade. This is no my honest reality check opinion. No pun intended

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    @Lion83. BD was high ranked team until last week. You celebrated victory - even if last ball escapes- over them. And now call them minnows. Wait for couple of days, the minnows will thrash you for the 5th time. It seems like SL has a good overseas record! How many tests SL won in SA, Aus, Eng? at least in India?

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1 For your information, SL just recently won a test match in South Africa. They were very competitive in ODIs in SA, Aus and England. India has been abysmal outisde and Pakistan just lost a test match against Zimbabwe.

    @Aaqib Ali Aamer Thank you for your kind words but for me the tournament favourites are Pakistan and Sri Lanka. India has terrible bowling unit and flimsy middle order.

  • King_Ravanaa on February 27, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1.. Questions to you mate, how many years did it take India to register a first test win? (20 years) how many years did it take India to win a single test in Australia??? 60+ years How many years did it take India to win a single test in SA??? Why India playing test cricket for 70+ years and still did not win a single test series in those countries?? lol Why India whitewashed by 8th ranked team in both tests and ODI's?? Why India getting Whitewashed without even winning a single ODI game or Test match, everytime they tour Aus, SA, and Eng?? eagerly waiting for your answers. but we know India is a minnow team among Png, Afg, Nepa and Zimbabwe

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    @ i_amVIVA.First BD must show sportsman spirit. Indian players appreciated BD captain for his 100 but none of the BD players did that to Kohli. Forget about crowd who was silence for every runs scored by India. First educate your players and crowd. BTW, every now and then means 3 (out of 25) in your dictionary??lol

  • joe7sanchez on February 27, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    @AMMO666----do u think BD is short of runs, well i say they got to 280 becoz of india'a mediocre bowling not becoz of ur super batting....yes rahim n the young opener did well but dont say that bd were short of runs...@ I_AM VIVA----u think that indian fans r only talking about kholi, if u saw yesterday's match after kholi's hundred most of the BD fans in the ground went ...they them self did have faith in their team thou there were still 70 more runs needed.....

  • SL_rockz on February 27, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Yousuf

    Sri lanka lost against SA 1-0 in last december ... Sri Lanka lost to newzealnd 1-0 in test series in last month :P..LOL.... Oh i forgot SL did not have any wins away from Sri Lanka since 10+ matches..LOL... What india !! No india were playing in BD and PAK.. LOl

  • AbdulMohamad731 on February 27, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Bangladesh coaches are doing absolutely nothing for them. Mushfiqur is very poor captain.

    Need to get rid of Mushfiqur, Jurgensen otherwise there is no chance of any improvement.

  • Iceman29 on February 27, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: lol..a loss is a loss even if you were whitewashed or just won a couple of matches in a series...ya we were winless in overseas for sometime now but atleast we have won the world cup twice...what can you say about your team mate.....

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Good going for Kohli as of now.. Hope this continues with him for a long time into the future of his career. But regarding the Indian team, Rahane needs to be made to open with Dhawan and both will so easily compliment each other while playing their natural games. Kohli at no.3 is just perfect. Pujara MUST be brought in to the team at no.4 again a complimentary player to Kohli. Rohit Sharma should be given some matches at no 5 spot which he can battle out with some other players like Rayudu, Jadeja, etc. via rotation play. That just might push him to try playing better in order to secure his place. Dhoni at no. 6 with Dinesh Karthik as a reserve wicket keeper-batsman should round up the top 6. For bowlers Shami, Bhuvaneshwar, Umesh Yadav should be given maximum exposure to overseas playing conditions. Ishant can better himself a lot. Amit Mishra should be given chance in place of Ashwin and a good GENUINE all rounder should be groomed for the no7 spot. Jadeja is not a genuine one.

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    India win vs second tier Bangladesh team and look at their fan start jumping if they had already won Asia cup.

  • ssenthil on February 27, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    India's bowling in the last 15 overs is always becoming an issue now a days. So I would suggest India to try this fallowing bowling combination from the 36th over and see how they are doing it. Batting PP, 2 overs from Jadeja, 2 overs from Shami, 1 from Ashwin. From 41st 2/3 overs to B Kumar, 3/2 from Ashwin, 2 from Jadeja and 3 from Shami. So ideally 36-RJ, 37-Shami, 38-RJ, 39-Shami, 40-Ashwin, 41-BK, 42-Ashwin, 43-BK, 44-Ashwin, 45-Jadeja, 46-Shami, 47-Jadeja, 48-Shami, 49.BK/Ashwin and 50 from Shami. This will allow bowlers to have a well earned rest and will fresh to bowl int he death overs. I believe Jadeja and Aswhin won't be thrashed badly in the death overs like our fast bowlers in most of the conditions even in Aus and NZ.

  • Yousufahmed1 on February 27, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    @ King_Ravanaa Uncle Dhoni alone has won more tournaments than your whole SL ever has won. LOL. Even with all the dirty tactics you are considered a low level team around the world. AUS and ENG and SA consider it an upset when they lose a match against your team. If you remember the Wi series then you also remember getting bowled out for less than 100. And I forgot who won that series?? Only time SL captain gets to touch a trophy is when he is posing with other captain. LOL.

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    if india a flat track bullies, then i consider team like aus, eng, nz are fast track bullies because they are also cueless when coming and playing in india and viseversa....

  • SL_rockz on February 27, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    GRVJPR

    Alright now you are back to the stage after hiding in the den for long time.. :)..This win un-doubt-ably will bring heaps of happiness and joy to you if we consider about past 2 to 3 months performance... When somebody bounce back with ths kinda win from utter humiliation it is quite natural thing to boast like heaven... Calm down...There will be no place for you to hide of tomorrow match is lost... :P..Lets see what will india have against SL... India vs SL at CB cup preliminary round match where kohli batted brilliantly is not going to happen in every match and you cannot judge a team from that match as well.. Btw,SL were in CB cup finales with aussies..That win over SL before 40 overs chasing 300+ makes no difference ..India were sent back home with their luggage by SL and AUS.

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    if india a flat track bullies, then i consider team like aus, eng, nz are fast track bullies because they are also cueless when coming and playing in india and viseversa....

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Lankans please stop amusing me! Talking about our overseas record,first look at yours.Pathetic...not even single test win in Australia or even poor team like India in India.what are you boasting about? Certainly sound thrashing of last 4-5 years by our Indian team has taken a toll on lankan fans logic.Grow-up

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    @Ammo666. It seems like BD won all matches and series in SA and NZ! lol. Dear BD fans, accept the defeat and look forward to next game. You got this much negative comments just because of your arrogant comments before the match. Just like - BD will score 400 and bowl out India below 100! Be realistic about your ability.

  • Ani.Indian on February 27, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    @Ammo666: Check the Record of BD vs India ODI so far:

    Total Matches - 25 India Won - 22 BD won - 03

    Boss, sometimes LUCKY wins will be taken by poor teams.. SO, there was no chance for BD yesterday beating India through they had 25 Runs more!!!

  • Lion_Wallaby on February 27, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Yousufahmed1: Still couldn't beat your white washes record! LAMAFO

  • Yousufahmed1 on February 27, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    @ Lion83 Low ranked Bangladesh???? Only test series outside SL since 2000 you have won is against Banglaesh. Oh God. Please tell me how many tournaments you have won outside Asia, and how many test series you have won outside SL, How mant tests you have won in AUS. LOL. You are minnow among minnow teams. Your cricketers retire so they can warm the bench in IPL.

    FYI we have a match coming up tomorrow, Please don't take any wrong step after yu get humiliated again.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    @Kamrul Hasan Pial. Still arrogant comments from BD fans! Where you beat NZ? @ your home only, right? We too beat NZ not just once, but over the years. Even beat Australia. Can you imagine that? We beat SL 4-1 @ SL. What you did in recent home series. Less said is best. BD is yet to match international teams.

  • King_Ravanaa on February 27, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    @ GRVJPR .. LoL mate, only Kohli is a proper batsman, India always highly depend on Dhoni and Kohli. Uncle Dhoni is not there anymore to rescue. remember the tri series in west indies, where India got thrashed all over the park. where Upul Tharanga scored 175. and when the last game came, others fall like house of cards and suddendly India had to bring back Dhoni to rescue. throughout that series Kohli fell for Malinga cheaply. Mark my word, SL beating India tommorow, like a piece of cake..

  • ssenthil on February 27, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    @ThePacifist10, Kohli rotated his bowlers well? Jadeja bowled all his 10 overs in a single spell. V Aron despite expensive bowled 8 overs but the most economical B Kumar was short of 2 overs. Aron 1 for 74 in 7.5 overs while B Kumar 1 for 41 in 8 overs. If he is a good captain he would have bowled out B Kumar hence restricting Aron for only 6 overs. Aron's last 11 balls cost 30 runs and a sensible captain would have avoided when he has the availability of another seamer. Perhaps you should read this article from cricinfo. http://www.espncricinfo.com/asia-cup-2014/content/story/723445.html. Kohli was doing the same mistake as Dhoni was doing with Ishant Sharma. I agree that take Aron out and the performance really good, but that was not done by Kohli is the point. We all seen how Shami was struggling in his last 2 overs and he was taken apart in his last 2 overs. Shami in 8 overs 29 runs for 3 wickets and last 2 overs 22 runs for 1 wicket. Now read your statement

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    @Albert_cambell. There will be a one-sided match within few hours. Afgan will bulldoze your team. That will not be a surprise as everyone expecting it. Ireland, Scotland and now Afgan. Go afgan, go. Thrash the mediocre Pak team.

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Hey...Guys....at last India won a match ......They are a best team in the world.But unfortunately... this team lost in South Africa and NewZealand as those tracks are pace and bounce.We know India are performed well in a flat tracks....(flat track bullies)We see the yesterday match too.............

  • Albert_cambell on February 27, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    @ Iceman29. No worries mate. We have Amla and AB who can play spin better. Dont forget Amla scored a double hundred against ur legendary spin bowlers Kumble and Harbhajan in your home grounds. Regarding the SL series it was just a poor series and will not happen again. At least We won some games in SL. Unlike your team left winless in SA. I am very Confident that we will win the test series in Sl next year.

  • Yousufahmed1 on February 27, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner I wish Nepal or China could be here so we could see a tight match between SL and them. SL obese cricketers(Iron Man, Mahela, Malinga) would give tough fight to China or Nepal. And by playing unfairly they SL will also win. Just wanted to confirm if your record of not winning a single test series outside SL since 2000 is still intact. LOL. Colombo track bullies.

  • Lion83 on February 27, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Its shame that indian fans delighted after a victory aginst low ranked Bangladesh by india after humiliation defeats in South africa and New zealand recently. Thay talk about kohli. yes Kohli is scoring runs but he cannot win every game for you at the moment indian team = Kohli. Cant imagine india without kohli. They depend hevily on kohli to win games both batting first or second. Indian bowling is toothless at the moment. Even a weak team like Bangladesh can score more than 275 against indian bowling just that is not good enough for a team who going to depend world cup in one years time. They struggling to find their combination and middle order right at the moment. They will struggle in upcoming England tour and another whitewash is round the corner for them. Thay previuosly had white washes in ENG. AUS. SA & NZ . Its 4 in a row. Just show how worse their overseas records are.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 27, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    @ AltafPatel. Then you must know that he scored 123, 78, 83 against NZ in ODIs and scored centuries in SA, NZ tests. I can see your fear in the lines when you degrade him. lol

  • go_pk_go on February 27, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    @ GRVJPR: you must have forgotten the recent SA and NZ tour.

  • Iceman29 on February 27, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    @ GRVJPR: its because of some senseless comments like this which tarnishes our whole nation..

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Hey...Guys....at last India have won a match..... They are tremendous side in the world.(as per their boasting) Unfortunately.....This no 01 team lost in South Africa and New Zealad as those track are pace and bounce. We know India are performs well into the flat tracks....We see that yesterday match too.......(flat track bullies)

  • chapathishot on February 27, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    @r0ketman:Remember 2011 World cup that was more than enough for 2007.Shakib and Tamin are world class by Bangla standards but mediorce by world standards.If they were in the team Mushifiq should have to come down and India would have won easily.Even a second string Indian team can beat a full strength bangla team.

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    There is no doubt that Bangladesh has improved lot. This time they were over confident in beating India. I think pakistan has a better chance in this Asia cup too. They were ahead in the first match and lost in the end. Why is Raydu selected over Pujara? Rahane is technically balanced batsman. For India, now it depends much on Kohli. If the opposition can take his wicket, it will be difficult for India.

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    we beat NZ by 3-0 while India was beaten by 4-0 in the recent past.The Tournament has just started guys.Wait and see what will be happened.

  • Ammo666 on February 27, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    Where were you IND'n fans when your so called legendary IND team was thrashed by mighty SA & where were you when your ordinary IND was crushed by NZ that time what you were hiding in the manhole & now you got up breaking & celebrating a IND win after two big series ok why not as you ppl won a match after two disgraceful series loss so inevitably will burst boasting with arrogance as usual IND was always like this & again why not as they can play well & talk big only in subcontinent condition…& Kohli is a "so called legend" but now he looks better than any batsman in the team & scoring consistently being in very good form, but I can only call Tendulkar truly a legend & Kohli still way to go…& there was no upset if IND would lose to BD again because BD have not done that not once but four times & if IND plays against BD once in a blue moon then the progress of win&loss will also be like that simple calculation…IND played well but BD was 25runs short & BD dint bowl according to the pitch!

  • i_amVIVA on February 27, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Since Ind won, it is only kholi century and praise all over the site; Barely any Indian supporter cared for citing or recognizing the fine knock from the other captain, who also scored a century first, against a relatively stronger opponent, with similar strike rates. Such un-sportsmanship behavior by this crowd may not be unexpected, as their team is routinely drubbed every now and then by this so called minnow neighbor. But the heartbreak is when Cricinfo itself portrays the same double standard against the fine host along with her captain, who were by no means any easy push over in the game, despite their key players being absent from the game.

  • Iceman29 on February 27, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: ya you are right..even if SA visits BD it will also be a nail biter.. since BD has some good spin bowlers who will make SA batsmen dance to their tunes like last time they we dancing to the tunes of SL in subcontinent...

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    @Albert_Cambell .. Remember Virat's 183 vs pak ? asia cup 2013. Dont worry. Even if you forget. We will beat you again this time :D

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    @edna loss: kohli, who? ask malinga ;-)

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    @legaleage we did it in last asia cup so keep ur mouth shut .....

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    If Bangla can score 270 odd, how abt pak and Lanka? Bowlers, step up please. This s the right time to fight back

  • GRVJPR on February 27, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Although India have most inexperienced batting and bowling side in the tournament, other teams still can't beat them. Our kindergarten kids are better than graduates of pakistan and sri lanka.

  • Albert_cambell on February 27, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    I really enjoyed watching this game. Both teams are equal in terms of strength and skills. Team played better on the day won the match. Thats it. Nothing special about this win. If you arrange 5 match series between these two, BD will definitely win it 3-2. I cant wait for India Vs Afghanistan game starts. Thats going to be another nail biter.

  • UAETigers on February 27, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    I am from PAK and I am a cricket Lover!!! Obviously I love and support my team but since a cricket die-hard lover I always admires special talent accross the globe and love watching them play!! Kohli is undoubtedly the king of ODI batting!! I have never seen a batter play with such confidence and control from the ball 1 on any surface against any team!! I rate him just below SRT and am sure he will become a legend!!! BD has good players but they are very poor as team and needs to sort this out ASAP before even AFG rolls them over.

  • King_Ravanaa on February 27, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    @Fijicricket.. It's like this mate. Being a 2nd most populous country in the world (after China) and being one of the poorest, and because of the viewers in India and Indians around the world, who migrated for better living conditions, that sort of factors make BCCI rich. nobody other than Indians had no Interest in Indian cricket. BCCI need to create hype over Indian team to keep the interest of their public. that is the simple scenerio.

  • on February 27, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    @Hussain Khurawadwala : I partially agree with you. Dhawan played some stupid shots and was trying to sweep full length flattish deliveries. But I also think Rohit Sharma's selfish batting puts unnecessary pressure. Imagine a selfish player like Rohit Sharma playing under Imran Khan !! Imran for the record was highly intolerant of selfish players and Rohit Sharma's recent outings where he consumed a more deliveries than reqd to play himself in and get out without scoring much would have never played for India under a captain like Imran Khan I d imagine.

  • r0ketman on February 27, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    @cricket freak: I clearly remember crying from indian fans in WC 2007, yes the ine you guys were supposed to win. And last year ls asia cup too! Thats two in less than 15. I am think maths is not your best suite. You should not be posting any statement with numbers on them. You guys won, played well, and I will not bring up the Tamim Shakib factor (even though those guys own Indian bowlers), but tone down the bragging. You just lost every match to NZ. Win the asia cup first then we will hear your brag.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on February 27, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Great!!!!! 145K + speed but still giving away 9+ average. Indian bowler Arun needs to check a few old video's of Wasim, Waqar and Akhtar bowling and take a leaf out to know how to utilise the speed bowling.

  • indirockz on February 27, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    @ Edna Loss.... let me tell you Kohli....who?? The one who demolish your gully standard team day in and day out in Bangladesh, Australia, India and not to forget on your home Sri Lanka...Kohli the run machine who made your World Class bowler Malinga look like a club level sub standard bowler...Kohli the firepower who became nightmares for the bowlers in past 4 yrs and breaking all the batting records made by our other legend....Sachin (The God) Tendulkar...Give respect where its due mate...

  • luvmyindia on February 27, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    India will beat SL,mark my word.... B4 the BD match i told that india will win even if they play blind-folded,that did happened.Now i am telling that india will win against SL bt that's going to be a much closer game if india bats first,if india bats second then india will win even if SL scores 330+runs...

  • luvmyindia on February 27, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    India will beat SL,mark my word.... B4 the BD match i told that india will win even if they play blind-folded,that did happened.Now i am telling that india will win against SL bt that's going to be a much closer game if india bats first,if india bats second then india will win even if SL scores 330+runs...

  • humi_cric on February 27, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    @Fijicricket, just a small question, you are supporting India very much but your name is FIJI CRICKET? why not Indiancricket or any name which shows you are an Indian???? and I see you mostly comments when Pak played also and now you are pointing a finger on SA supporter, strange.

  • King_Ravanaa on February 27, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    What an upset created by India, beating highly talented Bangladesh team. wow. India highly depend on Virat Kohli, others are are useless. no one want to talk about street level Indian Bowlers, do we?? lol

  • cheguramana on February 27, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Some relief to Indian fans who have seen their team pummeled black and blue overseas. But really I hope ppl don't get carried and start hailing our batsmen as world saviors ! Team is very much a work in progress, in the run up to WC2015.

  • kricet_fan on February 27, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    i want to see how india performs when kohli fails

  • Fijicricket on February 27, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 26, 2014, 20:21 GMT) I hope you r watching tha SA AUST series. Your Pakistan background makes your interest in India games ahead of Pakistan quite understandable. It's people like you makes India the richest sporting body in the world after Manchester United. That's why the picture of kohli and not the BD guy would be in any newspaper of the world, because of the huge following around the world For India. Keep your interest in India, make more comments to make India even greater. Thanks to all constant Pakistani commentators on Indian games!

  • Albert_cambell on February 27, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    No worries Pakistan will beat India and reach the Finals. Pakistan teams favourite punching bag is Indian team. Kohli has no power against Junaid Khan.

  • Bangladesh_Forever on February 27, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Had a beamer struck an Indian batsman instead of Mushfiqur, more video footage and replays would be available of the bowler's action and release of the ball. And surely the commentators wouldn't drop the case so early (in fact Sunil Gavaskar in the first reactions supposed it warranted match-ban for the bowler) rather continue with analyzing whether that was intentional or not from the bowler...

  • ankit_cricketfreak on February 27, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    BTW , where are my fellow Bangladeshi fans ? Where's the Sambha dance ? I don't want a cry , Shikib and Tamim weren't there ; play a squad of best Bangladeshis who have entered a cricket field ever , and play India 100 times ; and we will beat you a whopping 99 times !

  • r0ketman on February 27, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    @Legaleagle: Pakistan was measured by Sri Lanka. Even BDs looses to SL was closer. The batting collapse Pak had showed what a patjetic batting side they really are. You call Afridi an all rounder? Thats a joke. Shakib is coming back for the Pak matxh to show who the real allrounder is!:-)

  • ankit_cricketfreak on February 27, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Now that India has broken its jinx of 2014 , we will beat any side pretty comfortably. I see Pakistani fans citing their bowling attack , come Sunday, and we will tell you how do we make the cited "World's best but useless bowling unit" look like a group of gully cricketers on Sunday. I hope Pakistan remembers what happened last time they played India in Asia Cup , bruises should be still there ;)

    I didn't mention about Sri Lanka, because records speak a lot. Sri Lankan fans themselves know where they stand for tomorrow's game.

    Luckily for them, Dhoni won't be there , but I'm quite sure of one between Dhawan and Rohit , scoring a ton tomorrow.

  • BustIPL on February 27, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Alongwith dhoni he is the only other reliable bat for india and teams have to work around him to get india out cheaply. In my opinion Kohli can win this Asian cup for india and emerge man of the tournament. India can build on this start and push for the win against bigger teams.

  • Virat_Is_Big on February 27, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    More than Indian Win, I am happy that BD are no more pushovers now. Hope Afghanistan put a descent show today. Good for World cricket and Asian cricket.

  • Rock_cricket on February 27, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    @ Winner_Stands_Alone - Well said, This is just a game one team will win and the other will loose. Here I am seeing many srilankan fans jumping around for India's performance than that of looking at their own records. I appeal Indian fans just to ignore and support cricket, give credit to all those deserve irrespective of team.

  • on February 27, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Sri Lanka will Thrash India on Friday.Watch out !!, ( for Kusal Perera) Kohli, who ??

  • cricket_field on February 27, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    First win for India in Star jersey that too against Sahara jersey...Keep going India :)

  • on February 27, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    To those "speed obsessed" fans: Speed without control is worse than useless. They add to the opposition's kitty. Aaaron would have added at least 20-30 runs to BD's kitty.

    Look at Pigeon; he doesn't have an express speed. Neither do Pollock. Even the greatest of the left-handers Wasim is not a speed maniac either. But they all contributed a lot y getting wickets and to the victory of their respective teams.

    It is cases like Varun, which makes me furious with non-effective bowling coaches! And, BCCI wasting their(and indirectly, ours) resources.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 27, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    @phunny_game I am 100% sure SL will beat BD becoz now all SL batsmens in form. Kusal,Thiri,Chandi,Sanga,Mathews,Thisara all bat well Only issue is under performing senior "Mahela" doing nonsense getting the chance of Inform Young AllRounder "Ashan Priyajan". Also note under performing senior Dilshan not playing in this series And SL main Strike Bowler Malinga with in wickets while Sachie,Mathews,Perera supporting well. Only issue Lakmal is expensive in latter overs. But after Kholi's form SL will loose to India. Best thing BD could do somehow defeat Pak and Defeat AFG in big margin.suppose AFG will do some miracle and PAK will beat India then BD might have a chance to go Final

  • AkDoN on February 27, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    "But the dew caused problems, and we had not anticipated that" Saaid Abdur Razzak Isn't this a joke....BD team is blaimimg dew for the loss haha ha....can they get any week reason for loss. Come on BD guys try to accept defeat in positive way else you wont grow.

  • forward_diffence on February 27, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Dawan is a useless batsman and the way he bats is really ugly and his shots are not elegant at all. If he doesn't have the room out side the off stump, he is just like a baby. On the other hand when we talk about Kohli, One of the best batsman s in world Cricket. If he continues to perform like this he will become the best ever batsman world has ever seen. He has all the qualities to achieve that. Temperament, Skill, strategic skills and most importantly the consistency.

  • on February 27, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    @arifyourkhadem or whatever...right india beat bd an bd beat nz and bd also beat pak somewhere in history and pak was also beaten by zim in a test match...so wher does your team stand? last asia cup bd beat india and india beat Pak...and Pak escaped 2 runs narrow victory against BD? where does it leaves PAK...its pointless to bash India everytime..agreed indias record overseas last two tours is not great but batting was good there also and scored good runs...its bowling that let them down...

  • on February 27, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    We had a Srilankan fan conveniently misrepresenting facts here in the match preview of Ind-BD matrch claiming Srilanka has a 5-0 record in Eng and India lost 0-3 in Eng in 2011. SL's 5-0 was in 2006 and they lost 2-3 to Eng away in 2011. On the other hand, India won the Champions tropy (an ICC event) in Eng in 2013. This current Indian team is relatively new and its recent performances especially the bowling has been pathetic leaving a lot to be desired. The draw in the recent Wellington Test which Ind should have won and squared the series ended in a draw. I regard Dhoni and the BCCI top brass largely responsible for these reverses for consistently backing non-preformers and MSD favourites while fringe players wait for chances. Dhoni's injury has been a blessing in disguise and the new chapter under Virat gives the diehard Indian fan some hope for positive results. Hope Dhoni remains injred till the WC and then retires from all forms of cricket once and for all.

  • on February 27, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    I would like to thank Pakistani friends for their balanced views and appreciation for our Indian team.Hope other teams fans also learn this.On the other hand I think Pak is well balanced to win this cup as India is without Dhoni and Yuvraj.Also best of luck to pak u-19 team for WC finals

  • on February 27, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    Enjoy India winning while you can as it's only limited edition strictly limited to flat tracks with no bite. Useless but highly entertaining on these wickets but only batting though. If BD can collectively score 280 against India definately 300 plus for most other teams against India. They have never been good at bowling have they? But there bowling is at it's worst now.

  • J_Lo on February 27, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    The difference between Kohli and Tendulkar is that whenever Kohli scores, India is assured of a win, but most of the time when Tendulkar scores a century India has end up loosing. Undoubtly Kohli is the best young batsman in the world and one of the handful of Indians who can score anywhere in the world. Guess we can expect a lot from him in time to come.

  • Fogu on February 27, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Aaqib Ali aamer - get out much?

  • pull_shot on February 27, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    @TimeKiller I would like c varun aron getting hammered rather than vinay kumar getting same treatment, u can give credit to batsman if he scores of 145+ ball than 125-130 ball, give some time to Aron he will come good, don't judge by 1 performance afterall rohit,ashwin r team with repeated failures

  • BangbangKohli on February 27, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    VIRAT the victorious! you rock man! the best match winner India has ever produced. Keep it up, good luck in the next game, awesome batting

  • INDSlider on February 27, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    India was lucky that they could get the advantage of dew. Had Sakib been there, it would have been a cake walk for Bangla boys.

  • on February 27, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    So India upsets imaginary world champs bangladesh! I mean seriously big talks and nothing on field.Rahim played very well but someone said he is now taller than Everest! With 2 centuries? Anyway another Kohli masterclass in chase but what is wrong with Dhawan? Playing so defensive is not his game.Fans claiming India wont win without Kohli or Dhoni should remember we won Champions trophy without any major contribution from these two!India is never short of batting talents.Bowling too looked decent apart from Aaron.If you remove his 74 in 8 overs the score comes down to 205/7 in 42 for BD! Also cant understand so much negativity from SL fans.We beat them too often and may be hence the grudge!

  • on February 27, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    unfortunately they could not upset india but surely to the crowd by loosing the first game n leaving very slim chances to be in the final

  • Siva_Bala75 on February 27, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    Ashwin should try different actions in the same over- hope he tries that and see how it works. Bowlers should keep themselves 'ahead' by 'whatever' legally possible means because cricket has become 100% batsman's game.

  • on February 27, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Our bowling is zero. Purely by batting we won. This is a dangerous trend against strong teams like Pakistan and srilankan. Unless we improve our bowling India cannot think of winning big tournaments.

  • Siva_Bala75 on February 27, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    I am a fan of Dhawan and want him to to do well. What is it that he was focused on getting out soon and only by one way- Play sweep and get LBW to bowler Razzak. Can someone help him please?

  • ShanNachimuthu on February 27, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    Indian batting department slowly becomes one man show which is not good for Indian cricket. The weak bowling attack keeps the batsmen always under pressure. If they bat first they have to look for 300+ target and if they chase all the time it was 300+. This is what happen wherever they play. On seaming conditions we do not have quality quicks and on turning tracks we do not have quality spinners. So far I never see Varun bowling couple of good deliveries continuously. The raw pace alone will not help. Another below par performance from Ashwin. I would like to see Jadeja opening the innings with Dhawan and move Rohit down the order. Mishra should come in place of Ashwin and Binny should be there in place of Varun. Binny kind of bowling will be handy in these sort of conditions rather than raw pace. But there will be not be any change in the playing eleven bcoz it is winning combination ( !!!!???? ) now. Atleast no varun Aaron please.

  • on February 27, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    I've a gut feeling that India will win against SriLanka and will loose to Pakistan. And then again who against afghan and qualify for finals....

  • FrenchCricketFan on February 27, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    Very well done v.kohli but I dont see india winning against sl or pak unless kohli contribute big. Just for this victory many indian fans already saying india will win the cup ! Come on , have you seen Bd balling ? AFGHAN balling better than bd balling. You can say india will win the cup after you see them play sl or pak , not against this weak balling side Bd. But to be fair to Bd I am very impressed by their new young batsmen momenul , anamul , shamsur etc - very very talented and promising, in fact the two teenager looking batsmen anamul and momenul to me seem more talented than some of the indian batsmen. I think once Bd finds new faces in their balling depertment they will be decent team. For now they should groom zia for pace and sunny for spin. I am not south asian but I like their cricket and wish them good.

  • on February 27, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    Well played BD without shakib and Tamim. They could win the match if they could get kholi's wicket early

  • on February 27, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    thanks Virat Kohli for the ton and win the match from a passionate sporting BANGLADESH fan.hard luck for my beloved team .beaten by better batting side no shame on that.A true captains knock from MUSHFIQ .The big problem for fair cricket was the toss and the dew.it played a big part on the match.BANGLADESH it is true that they dont have a bowler like MALINGA OR AJMAL but normally they rely on as a bowling unit which was very very tough for them.even better bowling side would have struggle in this condition against INDIAN batting line up this type of wicket.so tigers keep perform like MUSHFIQ who was hurt bruised BUT never down from his big hurt we need few more MUSHFIQS IN OUR TEAM.

  • satchander on February 27, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner: You are a good comedian. Really laughed a lot reading your comments. Keep them coming - its a good comedy for us readers :-)

  • satchander on February 27, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    @Aaqib Ali Aamer: Its too early to sense India winning Asia cup. As an Indian fan, I will be only too happy for that but I feel we need to get our opening sorted out. Rohit / Dhawan not doing enough at the top - their slow starts are not going to be good enough against tougher opponents like SL and Pak. Bowling needs to improve - happy with Varun's pace but please get him to bowl good line and lengths. Looking forward to Ind vs SL and Ind vs Pak games.

  • on February 27, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    Population of India-1240 million....Pak-185mil, Ban-152mil, UK-63mil, SA-52mil, Aussies-23mil, SL-20mil, NZ-4.5mil....Difficult to find the population of West Indies. Anyone can add all the other populations together but still it wouldn't even get close to India. Due to this India only having Sachin, Dev , Gavaskar , Kumble, Dravid, Ganguly, Dhoni + Kohli as greats is beyond me. They should have produced quicks like Lilee, Marshall, Lee, Steyn, Wasim and so on. Indians choose from a bigger talent pool while countries like NZ have very little to choose from. I'm really confused that India haven't won all the World Cups to date and won each and every match they play even outside the subcontinent.

  • class9ryan on February 27, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan found it really tough to get going. Important he gets his touch back for the next game. Big game up next.

  • on February 27, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    Frankly Bangladesh were lucky to have Varun Aaron bowling as he leaked at least 25 extra runs. If we exclude those then there was hardly any challenge in the score. So, it squares off the dew factor. Indians flying from NZ to totally different conditions and without experience of MSD, Raina, Yuvi etc. were little uncertain, but they have found Virat as a Mr. dependable now. Well played India and well tried Bangladesh. Bangladesh lost the plot when unnecessary bowling change was made after the Indian openers were out. India is in rebuilding process and Bangladesh needs more self belief and consistency.

  • on February 27, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    Congrats India ! finally a win. how long you been waiting for this date.

  • JimmyEnglish on February 27, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    Tommytuckersaffa cares more about Indian team losing than his own. He always looks for some kind of rubbish to disapprove of India's performance. Does it really makes a concern if Kohli gets a fanfare and Mushfiqur not ? He too played well but it was Kohli's day. Anyway, cant this fella out.

  • Vikum72 on February 27, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    Sri Lankan fans, please let India enjoy this win in peace. After all, it's only gonna last till tomorrow (28th Feb) night!

  • Anon007 on February 26, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    Indians played well, to be specific, kohli, India really got somebody.

  • balajik2505 on February 26, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    If selected, Pujara should open. He is the kind of batsman who can see off the initial movement and then open up with boundaries. There is one problem with him though. His knees are a little dodgy. Compared to other teams in Asia Cup, this Indian team is relatively inexperienced. However they have started well. The bowlers are a real concern. I watched the match from the 39th over of the chase. The chase was just another day in the office. So BD and SL fans give credit to the Indian team. There are only 2 players in this tournament who played the 2011 World Cup; Kohli and Ashwin. Sure there may be a few losses. India is starting to look beyond Dhoni and building a team for the next 5 years. There will be changes in personnel, but the core of the future is starting to emerge. Hats off to Sandip Patil.

  • Legaleagle on February 26, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    OK, I am amazed to see that no Bangladeshi fans are commenting here...what happened?

    Bangladesh is a pathetic and ordinary team. You can't beat India and you can not touch Pakistan. Wont even come closer!!

    Good batting display by India. I hope to see India v Pakistan final.

  • on February 26, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    Ok.. There was so many stats lately about winning percentage.. here is the simple one.. if Kohli gets hundred in the chase, India winning chance is 100%

  • Legaleagle on February 26, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    Well played India!! Bangladesh really need to control their mouth. They speak too much but cannot perform on the field.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on February 26, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    @Blade-runner, I do not want to take away credit from BD or Indians here. But did you said SL/PAK was one sided? Yes, ofcourse it was one sided until some of the PAK batsman gave away easy wickets to Lankan street bowlers. Otherwise Misbah was guiding pakistan with utter dominance. You still remember the UAE last test match right, when Pak batsman were treating your negative bowling with easy reverse sweep. That was again one sided match. Anyway, I hope SL makes it to finals to face Pak and get treated with another PAK dominance.

  • Alexk400 on February 26, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    Can someone advice kohli not show too much emotion in fielding part of game? Because i do not mind him angry when he is batting. if not he is a goner. No one like angry guy cursing at them. I kinda disappointed with kohli showing too much emotion on even small misfield. It happens. Indians are not athletic. Just move the player around ..stop staring at them as though they committed treason. Seriously kohli , chill out. Even if india lose its ok. You can't win all games. Its about strategy. Also make players believe in you. If you shouting at them for small mistakes they will stop listening to you. Not a good sign. He better improve his methods.

  • mukundh1 on February 26, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    For a team that has 68 defeats in 83 tests & wins only against Zimbabwe and a second string WI team, why should Bangladesh have test status?

    Bangladesh's ODI record is no better - 197 losses from 280 games. Seriously, does a team need 26 years to "improve"?

    The only statistics to Bangladesh's credit is their ODI wins over NZ (8), WI (7), SL (4), India (3), SA (1), Aus (1) and Pak (1).

    They have simply not grabbed their chances. They should thank their stars that their supporters are still queuing up for watching them play.

  • Alexk400 on February 26, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    I support kohli captaincy in all formats. But there is one concern. His body language shows too much emotion for even small fielding miss by his fielder or bad ball by bowler. He needs to check it in. Because not everyone like him even though he wants everyone to be good like him in fighting. Not going to happen. But if he control his emotions slightly but keep smiling more not snarling at every bad fielding , he can be good. Atpresent his emotional face do not look good. If he always angry at his fellow teammeates bad fielding , there will be many disgruntled teammates. i know kohli wants to win desperately . But he can't win it alone all the time , he needs others to buy into his theory. To do that he has to smile more. He has to inspire his bowlers to bowl their heat out. He has to smile and keep them happy but not too happy though. Basically he has to make everyone understand their role and play their role.

  • on February 26, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    In my opinion, Kartik should open with Shikhar and Rohit Sharma should be dropped or bat at Kartik's position where he can play aggressively. Rohit is not fit as an opener.

  • ramz30380 on February 26, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    @ArifurKhadem I pity your ignorance about cricket and cricket playing conditions. Let me get the facts right here - Bangladesh is not a Superior Team and New Zealand is not an Inferior Team.

    When NZ toured Bangladesh they were not their full strength side as they are now! Moreover they have always found wanting in SC conditions. India toured NZ and had a humiliating defeat in the ODI series. NZ conditions have always been difficult for SC teams. The fans are upset only bcoz this team has set high standards for itself & when it falls short it is hurting!

    It will be fair that you pass judgements after Bangladesh tours New Zealand. Bangladesh will be exposed in WC 2015 when you will be playing them in their backyard.

    To be fair, Bangladesh has come a long way since it qualified to play against the big boys - its a team that is growing in strength which is admired by we Indians as well. But it is rather sad to see fans over-rate their potential & embarassing themselves.

  • intelligent_guy008 on February 26, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    Team India has two choices: 1. Compete with the best teams, beat them consistently in their own den and become a true champion. 2. Play in subcontinent's impotent pitches and "pretend" to be a champion.

    Choice is entirely theirs and only one of them is truly a brave (and right) choice. I do suspect that they are content with choice #2.

  • kahvas on February 26, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    Thanks to Virat, because of whom this seemed like a cake walk for India. But Virat needs to understand he cant play every time. He is repeating the same mistakes Dhoni made. We need 7 proper batsman. Include Pujara in the 11, rohit should come at #5, Rahane should open with Dhawan. Maybe replace Rayadu with Binny, that gives extra bowler. Maybe drop Aaron for a game, he is fast but not intimidating. If Virat wouldnt have played as well as he usually does, this match would have been in BD's favor.

  • Masking_Tape on February 26, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    Arger "no difference in quality"? Are you joking? Only difference was Kohli. Without their top 2 players and Bangladesh gave India run for their money. India, besides Kohli looked nervous chasing a average total. And it took them till the last over to finish the game. If Bdesh were chasing, I doubt the Indian bowlers would've been able to defend such total, or handle the dew.

  • Snambidi on February 26, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    ViratKohli is really a great player& deserves to be the future one day Captain indeed. In this match of 26th Feb 2014 against BD in the Asia Cup 2014, he showed super quality to qualify himself as the skipper of Onedayformat. However,my earnest wish & advice to Kohli is to wait until the 2015 World Cup is over. Until then let the most successful Captain of India MSDhoni continue.Dhoni has Terrific Will power & talent to play when really needed like Kohli did in this match. We cannot ignore Dhoni just because of a failure in the tour of NewZealand.Although S.Ganguly& Amarnath are making big hue& cry for the removal of Dhoni ,it is not yet time for that. No one could forget WC 2011,T20 WC& Champions Trophy which Dhoni won,to some extent on his own. What India should do is to induct Yuvraaj Singh & Dinesh Karthik into all the versions of Cricket teams for India.thereafter,Kohli could take over from Dhoni in the year 2015 after Dhoni completes his Captaincy for Kohli to watch& follow

  • on February 26, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    congrates kohil with match winning inn's... Give chance to benny also...

  • Dani-Successful on February 26, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Great play by BD, India seem to endure difficulty without dhoni, but well temperament by kohli....Asia cup is going to be interesting after India vs SL match....Other players need to give performance, kholi cannot play always well...I think Rohit should take some responsibility, he should come forward without defensive mode.

  • bhushanB on February 26, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    IND should have played

    Pandey in place of Shami (poor guy..deserves some rest) Pujara in place of Rohit (its high time) Binny in place of one of jadeja/ashwin (they two cant play togeter in away ODIs or WC anyways)....

    Perfect opportunity to test these guys against BD.....but NOPE

  • on February 26, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    @Anand Kumar as I have previously said both openers did well by playing a lot of dot balls in first ten and letting kohli play spinners. You are completely wrong when you say Rohit caused dhawan's wicket. I saw the match Dhawan was just trying to sweep and missed horribly all three times. Two times it was very close but the third time he was plumb. 50 from 11 is a good solid start even though it's not a flyer.Billy Bowden is such a good umpire .Wonder why he stopped umpiring in tests as quality of umpiring has gone down.

  • on February 26, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Good to see India (and both teams are missing one or two players, so they are equally-matched) spanking Bangladesh and shutting them up again for a while. When the fanatical fans of both teams claimed they would "1000% win" - yes I put three zeroes there - all over Facebook and the interweb... It was clear someone would be 100% wrong!! So it is that Bangladesh (who beat a craptastic Black Caps' side 3-0 years ago and then 'beat' our development team (a virtual NZ A side) 4-0 (when they were at full-strength and desperate) when that NZ side of a year ago was blooding Neesham/Anderson/Devcich and were using Nicol, Ellis and others, no Ryder/Guptill and resting Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Southee!!!! So, it makes me laugh how those series results seem to be what Bangladesh like to fall back on to claim they are a top side. When we beat India 4-0, they had everyone, so it was significant. You are in an even series now against worse teams than the Black Caps and you are losing. Oops!

  • on February 26, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    Guys I think openers did a pretty good job by not exposing Kohli and middle order for first ten overs as Mashrafe and Rubel bowled excellent line and length and pitch was up and down .BD were similar to us .They scored 17 in 8 but they managed to get it to 50 in 11 which is good by ODI standards. Viru for the excellent batsman he has been(only Indian to score 300 in tests) has scored one 50 in ranji and maybe another one in List A .His time is up as he is getting out to domestic bowlers. Maybe deserves a farewell but that's it .Gambhir might have to do a Laxman in Ranji to get in .Rohit and Shikhar are the best openers we have ATM. Give them a rope till this year as both have scored 1000 runs last year (ppl easily forget that). I agree there were loose shots but we must not forget Gambhir poking outside off or Sehwag blindly smashing everything (great to watch and could take the game away)but eventually he struggled.

  • i_amVIVA on February 26, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Congrats Ind for a hard fought win. Obviously, BD can't win each time against mighty :) neighbor. But it was no push over. A job well done by the BD Tigers in a good game. Despite all sorts of problems, injuries, and absentees, a good competitive game from team Bangladesh. This should lift up their moral to some extent from their currently at the nadir psycho. They surely missed the service of Shakib and Tamim in this game. Who know what would've happened then, had they been in the squad to play. The Tigers should, however, be proud of their performance today, where they were no push over at all. Aside from Kholi and his machine, it was the toss and due factor that played against BD. Waiting for the next game after Afg, when Shakib and possibly others would return to fill BD into full strength to recover the losses at that point. Cheers for the Tigers.

  • yuvi_gladiator on February 26, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    thats probably the only win we will get in the series, maybe one more against afgans. but the middle order looks very week and now rahane can play another 10 matches based of this unconvincing perfromance against a minow to boost his fantastic odi average of 24. we need yuvi in there and play 7 batsman because the bowlers are going to concede 300 anyways

  • Temuzin on February 26, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    It was spirited game played by Bangladesh. Unfortunately they are no match to even India B team. Kohli should have been rested against BD to make it a bit even contest.

  • on February 26, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    @ i_amVIVA....you are absolutely correct. I am sure some of our BCB management is celebrating this victory..........indeed, a game well played by BCB politicians...

  • KrikIndFan on February 26, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Haters, please calm down. Ind won with 6 wickets, that shows why they are the kings in subcontinent pitches. BD inspite of having some talented players still has miles to go before matching up with the mighty Indians. In fact every team in the world has couple of the best athletes but it all comes down to who can change the course of the game with their greatness. Luckily for India they had Kapil/Gavaskar then Sachin/Dravid & Ganguly/VVS and now Dhoni/Kohli who could single handedly rip apart any opposition. So praise or congratulate where its due and we will do the same when team does well. JAI HO!

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 26, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaff...Because its Mushfiqur's 2nd hundered in 126 matches!!! thats why..

  • warneneverchuck on February 26, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    Bd in bd in a shorter format can compete with any team I guess even though they lost today against a better batting line up

  • tigersam14 on February 26, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    hard luck 2 d tigers... they had 2 play without thr nucleus! tamim nd shakib... nd adding to d wound was controversies goin arnd lately!!! losing the toss also didn't help thr cause... mushi played a jam... bijoy also played his part but the rest was not uo to d mark......... while bowling they seriously missed d services of shakib big time!!!! but thr was nothing mushi cud do! as d due factor came in and d game was gone then..... i feel dat d same wud happend if bd was chasing!!!!! hope mushi is ok as he is a fighter!!!!! he was struck by varon wit a beamer!!!! but he continued... so hats off......... i firmly believe dat... tigers cud still make it 2 the finals... and hopefully dis time!!!!! d luck will b wit them!!! and they will go 1 step further than d last asia cup!!!!! ........ win it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! best of luck tigerssssssss...................

  • Savvy-Cricket-Analyst on February 26, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    Because of the ultra-defensive approach of the opening batsmen, especially of Rohit, in which he even refuses to rotate strike and plays way too many dot balls, the only solution for this problem is to move Rahane to opening slot and Rohit to number 6 slot. This will make him get aggressive from the word go, which is the key to his success.

    Varun aaron needs to be persisted with as he is still rookie and needs to get international exposure. He should be encouraged and commended for bowling his heart out. Bowling coach needs to put him into more bowling drills to bring some more discipline in line, length and variations. Frequent changing and dropping only demoralizes a budding talent. It was good to see an Indian bowler consistently bowling above 145 kph and even touching almost 150 kph on a few occasions. He has the potential to be a penetrative and destructive pace bowler.

  • santhoo24 on February 26, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    Well played Team India, you guys made us Indians proud again, although the job has just began. To BAN team, you gave us a tough fight. Nothing can change the end result but a bit more effort and with a touch of luck you can "upset" other good test nations. Just kidding. You could be consistent winners.

    Now to the other favorite topic. The SL fans, not all but many of them. These people should get a life. These so called fans run their mouth on every thread involving India, and when some of us Ind fans return in kind you guys claim we are arrogant in return. I mean what should we do? Just listen to your drivel and do nothing?

    To some fellow Indians who are still butthurt at our recent losses in SA and NZ. My simple question to you, why should India win in these countries to "prove ourselves"? I didn't hear any SA/AUS/NZ?ENG fan degrading their team because their team could not win in subcontinent. Then why should we have to win there or else our wins don't count?

  • Savvy-Cricket-Analyst on February 26, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    When I feel bored, I look for comments from "Blade-runner" which make me to laugh till I get stomach-ache. I think this Sri Lankan guy does not understand the game of cricket, but writes comments with the intention to entertain cricket fans with his great sense of humour.

    Rohit Sharma needs to come out of his defensive mind-set, if he wants to succeed as a batsman. We have observed that he has great batting talent and all the shots and he has succeeded most of the times when he was agressive from the first ball. But the major problem with Rohit is he not only goes into a defensive shell, but even refuses to rotate the strike by scoring quick singles. Unfortunately, a dashing batsman like Dhawan too has come under the spell of Rohit, and he too has become defensive and he too refuses to keep the strike rotating. The result is extremely poor run-rate in the first ten overs, which brings tremendous pressure on the following batsmen from middle-order.

  • on February 26, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Moreover, Bangladesh should have been thrown into the two tier system. They are disgrace to the word "Test Cricket" and are showing their lack of consistency now in limited overs aswell They can only beat Newzeland, westindies, zimbabwe and that too in their own backyard only and that too if the strive with their hearts out and that too once in a blue moon, and soon after doing so, they ll become the national heroes and will start doing nonsense on cameras like Shakib did

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 26, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    Pictures and fanfare for Kohli but not much for Mushfiqur cricinfo. Interesting.

  • on February 26, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Although against Pakistan, India will start as the favourite but from this current lineup, only Virat has the ability to completely dominate Pakistan bowling. Pakistan although lost the game against Srilanka, but the distance of the lankan victory proved that anything around 300 by India will not guaranty them the victory 100%. So Pakistan if bowled first will target to restrict India around 280 mark and if batted first will try to score 300+. The match is going to b a cracker. Although Pak will beat Afghanistan and this time they will be doing it with brutality I m sensing India becoming Asian champion

  • Winner_Stands_Alone on February 26, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    @ Criccrazzzyyy, Wish there were more fans like you in this thread then it would be a delight to read the comments other than reading heart breaking stuff that are written by our fellow countrymen.@warneneverchuck, I know right! There are sports in this world to get us closer but yet our fans come here most of them sling mud at themselves and each other, only to get distant. We expect our players to behave like gentlemen during the game yet our fans cannot even comprehend when one out takes other. Players are not arrogant It's the arrogant fans who make us think that players are! Just enjoy the game, learn to appreciate the winning team and the ones that played well. This is a sport not a war. I'm a Sri Lankan yet i can endure when India beat us! Because the team that plays the best cricket at that given day wins, simple as that. Fans from both countries learn to bag the losses as the way you people bag their wins.

  • Fogu on February 26, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    No problem Love_India guy. Your comment was not that bad. I was just pointing out that it is not an upset anymore. I like it when fans boost up their team and not deride other teams. Each team is dear to their fans and derisive comments just changes the discourse away from the beautiful game. You should see comments from IndiaRulesEverybody or imsrk and you will see what I mean. Not that other teams fans are not guilty of the same. It seems people come to this forum to grind their political and historical axe. I enjoy good cricket and over the last two years my BD are not doing too badly escept for the last series. Go Tigers!

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 26, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    @mzm149...funny thing is Pak batted second and still couldn't win...even with DEW helping them

  • on February 26, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    they are played good cricket but bad luck for Bangladesh.

  • i_amVIVA on February 26, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    BD wasn't a push over by any means. Well, it's BCB 1 - Team BD 0; BCB can rejoice now keeping key players away, a game well played by politician BCB

  • i_amVIVA on February 26, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    Well, it's BCB 1 - Team BD 0; BCB can rejoice now keeping key players away, a game well played by politician BCB

  • cric_sj on February 26, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    V Kohli hitting a 100 in India's game 1 is bad sign for Malinga and Rohit Sharma should go and buy as many lottery tickets as he can, his numbers will get picked there too. His lucky period continues...

  • TimeKiller on February 26, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    I hope some day Indian fans and selectors realize that these tall Indian fast bowlers like Aaron/Yadav/Ishant lack control. A medium pacer like 'Vinay Kumar' with better control is any day better than them, in terms of economy rate, taking wickets, and overall effectiveness in winning a match. Maybe not nice to watch, but what would you rather have? Win the match or look good bowling?

  • KrikIndFan on February 26, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Cricinfo, wow! 311 comments so far in a matter of few hours and still counting. Indian match anywhere or against anyone surely brings out the commentator out of anyone.

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    India with Dhoni is a better team to beat sl and india without dhoni is a better team to best BD

  • samincolumbia on February 26, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Bangladesh's best chance to win a game is when they play Sri Lanka. I don't think they can win against Pak or Afghanishtan. The only way SL can beat India is if the game is being played in the dark without floodlights.

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    I can't help wonder how long Kohli can keep up this hot streak? Sooner than later bowlers will come out with special strategies to get him out. Already the belief that getting him out will guarantee victory is gaining ground. SRT records are safe for a long time to come and will take some doing for VK. I hope VK makes his own legacy as the Indian who has played the most match winning innings.

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    It is high time Rohit Sharma shud be axed. The bowlers too need to pull uo their socks, i dont understand why an accurate medium pacer like Mohit sharma is sitting outside. Sehwag shud have been given a final chance instead of Rohit Sharma. Shikhar Dhawan looks quite over confident. It was sad to see both the openers struggling against such ordinary bowling. They both were getting beaten on balls tht any other batsmen wud hv hit to the fence.

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Oh thanks god! Finaly they made it. India should be proud of theirselves and laugh out to the full, because this is the only match they deserve, no more wins for India even in the subvontinent

  • vish2020 on February 26, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    Kohli opens ODI like tests. Get rid of him please!! Dhawan has too much pressure on him because of this

  • thozar on February 26, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    I agree with lokphy. Let's open with Rahane and Dhawan and move Rohit to the middle order. We also need to bring in Pujara. What does he need to do to get into the ODI XI?

  • nkoch on February 26, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    well played Virat, well supported Ajinkya.

  • AnoMaLy on February 26, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    If not for those two dropped catches initially[slips and one in the outfield misjudged by Shami], BD would have struggled to make even 250. India needs to persist with Aaron yes he was expensive and bowled in the wrong areas but he was hitting 145+ consistently. He needs more experience at this level and will be a real threat in time to come. SL we are coming for you. India just needed a win to get the ball rolling.

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    I am hoping that either Rahane or Pujara replace Rohit Sharma. The point is not about Rohit Sharma's mental fragility, but he is only playing these days to score a slow half century and that too once in 10 games !! The point is that he is not only getting out early, he's getting other people out too with his selfish game. It also hurts tram morale when you have a highly selfish player like Rohit Sharma around. Quite staggering to know that he has played almost the same no. of matches as Kohli !!

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    although im not taking off the credit from virat the way he played in this match a great match winning century but the way the bangladesh bowled was really poor even little club teams in pakistan can bowl much much better than them i can't see them winning against afghanistan in thsi tournament...

  • Fijicricket on February 26, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    @Posted by Talha Rauf on (February 26, 2014, 17:35 GMT) India won champions trophy in England which is not in the subcontinent I promise .India has also won world cups in SAfrica, and series against Australia in Australia. Have a nice day , hope above facts don't ruin your day as it reminds you of your inferior team

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 26, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    The ICC needs to really re-consider Bangladesh's position as a full member nation. They are nothing but minnows pretending to be a test nation. I am sure Afghanistan will beat Bangladesh in this tournament and if that happens, it's time for Bangladesh to drop back into second division and play against Hong Kong, UAE, Canada and Scotland. Because Bangladesh don't know how to win against top teams. Instead, their players come out and give ridiculous interviews to the media and give false hopes to their fans. So yes, the ICC needs to revoke Bangladesh's status very soon. They don't deserve to play international cricket.

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    @Unmesh_cric, if scoring a quick 40 makes that much impact(and I am sure in ODI it does), then who is better than Sehwag to do this job. Sehwag was specifically replaced by Rohit becoz he was not able to consistently convert those starts into big scores. Rohit is more inconsistent on this front(209 seems ages away).... If Kohli and Dhoni are taken out of the current Indian cricket set up, then we are pretty much an average team... Bangla team which was short in confidence before start of the match and without Saqib managed to pose a target of 280, so it must be very much cause of worry for the team management. If they have to win this cup then the bowlers have to improve by 100% and batsmen may somehow manage to post decent scores in the absence of stalwarts like Dhoni, Yuvi, Sehwag, Raina(even if some of you may disagree with this opinion)....

  • whocareswhowins on February 26, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    @yeskau - could not agree with you more. Absolutely hit the nail on the head. We are short on bowlers of quality, be it pace or spin. And, we need a couple more consistent batsmen who can perform outside the subcontinent. Right now we only seem to have Kohli, Rahane and to some extent Shikhar Dhawan. And, lest we forget, we could do without the negative captaincy of Dhoni. However, in limited overs cricket, we still need Dhoni the finisher.

  • StatisticsRocks on February 26, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    We win, people critic us, we lose people still critic us. Kohli hits century, ..oh it's only against BD, so he must be scoring only in the Sub Continent. Kohli hits centuries in AUS, SA, NZ..oh! but India did not win. So no matter what we do, ourfans from our neighboring countries will always critic us. So, no point getting in an useless argument. Only India draws attention like this, and for a good reason. That says a lot. People are forgetting this is most young inexperienced side to play for India in a very long time, yet they expect us to win everywhere and every match. Hmmmm

  • ArifurKhadem on February 26, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    @ Ibbani @ IndiaRulelsEverybody, You guys (India) recently got blackwashed by a team, Kiwis who had been brutally banglawashed by Bangladesh 4-0 just a few months ago. Accordingly, Bangladesh is more superior to India. You also get to remember that Bangladesh won over Indians in the last Asian Cup by chasing more runs than you guys did tonight. Overall, you should have been ashamed and appreciated the effort made by Tigers without having the two key players Tamim and Shakib in the side. If I were thinking like you guys, I'd ask ICC for reconsidering India's ODI status after humiliating defeats against minnow New Zealanders.

  • FlatTrakBully on February 26, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    To me SL looks very strong. Especially Sanga. BD need to win remaining matches to stay in the hunt!

  • warneneverchuck on February 26, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Winter stands alone your comment make lot of sense. Dont know y fans from both countries dont think the way u r. I mean if someone is doing good just appreciate him whether its kohli or sangakara

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    @Altaf Patel,Virat kohli missed out in only one ODI against South Africa..he played 2 ODIs and missed out in one match,he got 40 odd in the other match.He proved he can play in SA by scoring a hundred a ninety and a forty odd in the test series Against NZ he scored 300 runs in the ODI series and a century and a sixty odd in the test series Also he scored a test century and a seventy odd in Australia and scored a century in 2011 in Cardiff against Eng in an ODI. Virat Kohli is the best ODI batsman in the world at the moment ahead of SAnga AMla and ABD...and the best young batter in the world...Dont dismiss his credentials as he scores tons on flat tracks

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Another selfish innings by Rohit IPL Sharma. I am pretty sure it was Ronit Sharma's defensive batting was what caused Shikhar Dhawan's wicket

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Do anyone remember the match sl vs india in westindies few months ago where sl made 348/1 and indians - dhoni made alittle less than 250. Please make a note of it. Because its going to happen again. Because india is nothing for sl without their king dhoni

  • sasuke_uchiha on February 26, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    congrats India..: D :D<3 loved the way kholi batted..<3 <3 glad you beat BD. I don't particularly like India. (because they're quite arrogant) bt dat said we aint much different either.this was a pretty boring one sided match.. hope a more competitive match on Friday.. from a Sri Lankan fan.

  • sidh78 on February 26, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    @dear SL fans, SL is better than india outside SC(oversies)really? what a joke.india won CT in engaland,CB series in Aus, tri series & bi lateral series in westindies,T20 WC in SA,NestWest series in engaland, finalist in WC 2003 in SA,test series win in Eng,NZ,WI.draw series in SA, Aus in last few years. show me any team in SC which have such sucsess in oversies.what SL won oversies just tell me.in last 14 years SL not won a single series outside SL(not consider BD series.but there also SL strugle to win.BD team have bad luck otherwise they beat SL in 2 t20& 2 odi). not win a single test in AUS,IND.india beat SL in every part of the world.in aus(remember hobart) in WI ,in ban.even india beat SL in SL in last four bi lateral series.last series india won 4-1 in SL.but in this asia cup i think pak has most chance & second SL.because india have yong & inexperienced team.also not have dhoni raina yuvraj.without dhoni it is very tough for india becoz he is the best finisher in the world

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    Shami n Kohli - The consistent performers!

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 26, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Where are all the BD fans who said they would 'thrash' India ? I bet they are hiding under some rock. Well done INDIA and well done Kohli !!! Just exactly the kind of start that was needed to get our Asia Cup campaign under way. Now it will be very hard to stop Team India under captain Kohli who has already become a legend. Bangladesh simply haven't learned anything and now their fans are giving all sorts of excuses about dew, wet ball etc. If dew is such a factor, why play the tournament as day/night fixtures ? I am sure that's a valid question. Also, Bangladesh should have scored more than 300 after the partnership between Mushfiqur and Anamul. Instead, they limp to 280 and we have seen many times in the past that this Indian batting line up can easily chase down much larger totals. So an Indian victory was always on the cards once Virat set his eyes in. I also felt the Bangladeshi bowling was very ordinary.

  • Criccrazzzyyy on February 26, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    @Winner_Stands_Alone...... thanks on your positive vibe... But u are completely wrong on MJ... We asian fans have some special fascination for stats but game has some artistic aspects as well... and on that note MJ stand in the top tier....IMHO his world cup 2011 final century alone is enough to say about him as a player.... an Indian cricket fan

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Captain's knock by virat kholi...

  • SaadRocx on February 26, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Bangladesh weak link is their Bowling attack which is the weakest of all teams atm, even worse than India..

  • Unmesh_cric on February 26, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Rohit is being unnecessarily defensive. He was being defensive (and was failing) in ODIs against NZ too, but in one game he came out playing all the shots. He made quick 40-odd. That was the only game that India did not lose (it was tied). I thought after that match he must have learned his lesson: that playing his shots suits him the best rather than being defensive. But now again he goes back to the defensive approach. I wonder if anybody from the coaching staff makes these observations. They should tell him that being positive works for him. He clearly has all the shots; he has shown it multiple times in IPL as well as in internation T20s. Why shelve all the shots?

  • jb633 on February 26, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    BD flattened in a non contest yet again. When will the ICC do anything about Bangladesh? Look at Ireland just beating the WI and then we see BD given so many more chances and all the funding, yet they don't improve

  • BD_Fan_forever on February 26, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    it was a delight to watch mushfiq bat today...but i had a feeling that anything less than 300 would not be enough against the indian line up on this pitch...sadly turned out i was correct...anyway nothing to take away from the indian side...they batted brilliantly...kohli was superb... both kohli and mushfiq batted superbly...played the captains knock...but sometimes i do wonder why do the indian commentators call rohit sharma a brilliant openner...

  • i_amVIVA on February 26, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    A job well done by the BD Tigers in a good game. Despite all sorts of problems, injuries, and absentees, a good competitive game from team Bangladesh. This should lift up their moral to some extent from their currently at the nadir. They surely missed the service of Shakib and Tamim in this game. Who know what would've happened then, had they been in the squad to play. The Tigers should, however, be proud of their performance today, where they were no push over at all. Aside from Kholi and his machine, it was the toss and due factor that played against BD. Waiting for the next game after Afg, when Shakib and possibly others would return to fill BD into full strength to recover the losses at that point. Cheers for the Tigers.

  • Winner_Stands_Alone on February 26, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Sri Lankan fans should understand India are our neighbors, They vote for us to get the test status, wasn't for them we won't be playing test cricket. They came to play in Sri Lanka during war times when nobody else dared to visit Sri lanka. And Indian fans should learn to appreciate when Sri Lanka plays well too. You have to give respect it to receive it. I vouch for India because of players like Kohli, Pujara and Rahane...They are most certainly will be legends someday. And to all Indian fans, we don't consider Mahela as a legend look at his record 408 ODI matches with an average of 33 and still takes like 50 balls to get going, Sanga, Murali, Vass, Ranatunga, Sanath are ledgens, Virat, Dravid, Sachin, Dhoni etc are legends but not Mahela but that doesn't mean Sri Lanka don't posses any legends at all. I said this once and saying it again "Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love". Fans here are taking this as a verbal war. Just congratulate the winning team and move on.

  • phunny_game on February 26, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    @blade-runner: buddy seriously, it was a close match? If this was close then SLPak match was probably a tie. Also u use the word trundlers for our bowling attack. The average speed of our bowlers today was more than ur 'express bowlers'. I am just stating the facts unlike you who talks about a parallel universe where SL is the best... And beware..Because in the next asia cup, Nepal.might also play. So soon u'll be facing a tough competition.

  • on February 26, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Indian bowling coaches should give Aaron more training in bowling like styen he has the speed , I believe Aaron could be a strick bowler in england amd Australia

  • Jury on February 26, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    If Kohli and Dhoni don't play for India any given day, no matter how many people/players live in India, they won't be able to win any match. Look at the ratio of contribution of both players when India win for last two years. Above 70% wow.

  • yeskau on February 26, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    India's problem with a stable, respectable bowling unit continues. Wanted Sign: 1 awesome off-spinner, 1 awesome leg-spinner, 2 fast-bowlers who bowl length, and normally 145kph+ all the time. Enough is enough. As far as the batting unit - they do well in the sub-continent, and flop elsewhere, then get more kudos at IPL and the circle of wow-lives continue...

  • Dominic_Mohammed on February 26, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    Why do so many people discuss India's performance in overseas. Please understand that days of Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman are over. Even players like Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvi and Raina are out of touch. Current bunch of players are new to International arena. They are learning the overseas condition and will take some time. Even Australia had to go through similar kind of Transition but results are showing up for them now, same goes with Pakistan. The recent result of Pakistan's shows lot more promising then they were couple of years back. Even Sri Lanka might go through with this phase when Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan and Malinga retire, they are yet to find quality spinner who can replace Murali. England is also going through bad patch, every team goes through it. There are ups and downs in game. They day belong to the team who perform on that day. Appreciate the win instead of baseless argument.

  • StarHawk on February 26, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    I wonder if Mashrafe Mortaza has anything to say now about upsets??

  • on February 26, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Though India won .. There performance isnt like a team who ranks 2nd in ODI's ..

  • martin000 on February 26, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    @Big-Mouthed Ban Fans, Jeezzzzzz!!! For the past two days there were lot of talks tat you hav beaten NZ and NZ have beaten India, so you are the champions n all stuff. Thank god you didn't ask for that world cup to be brought to BAN. I may sound harsh but even if we had lost today's game, i would have said this- You guys are not an international material. But you have the mercy of BCCI to have test status and all so atleast respect the opponents which wont be that tough as winning a match for you

  • kovinbuddi on February 26, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    I think the dew factor played a great role in BD loss.Musfiqur Raheem did a marvellous job by hitting a 100 against India. Fielding was a bit poor for BD side.Anyway we can see BD side getting stronger by every match.They had good chance have near to 300 score. Bd weldone!

  • on February 26, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Yeah, He will also face form out problem in future... yeah... he may also face lean patch in his career in future... yeah... he may be also gone not selected for Indian Team in the future.. and he may also finally had to retire in the future....

    But before all these happen, he would have broken all the batting records which his successor has set for him....

    He is the one and only ‪#‎virat_kholi‬ - Naarso

  • Vijay_P_S on February 26, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Though he was wayward today, Aaron has good potential. Ind management should look after that kid and his workload so that he won't get injured again. If he gains control over his line and length, he can become a strike bowler for Ind.

  • lokphy on February 26, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    A win at last... counts even in sub-continent. Some worries though for rest of the matches: Remove aron and bring pandey, Remove Rohit from opening slot and move him down the order where he can start hitting the ball from the first go as he does in IPL (he is the best hitter in the team at the moment). This means open with Rahane as he has temperament and technique.. Not disturbing the opening pair is not that good argument especially this opening pair is struggling for the last several months...

  • BanglaBandhu on February 26, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    @Guruprasad.S: Finally a well thought out opinion! Although "if's", "buts" and "maybes" are part of the game of cricket, the truth is that IND did beat BAN today. So I suppose both teams have to move on from this and asses their chances in their respective next game.

    Based on the series with SL and an ODI match at the same ground a week or so ago, BD were pushed much harder by SL. So in a again between both IND and SL, (where I would be neutral), I believe that SL have a slight advantage mainly due to their stronger bowling attack.

    BAN v AFG - well, on paper you have to give it to Bangladesh. However the truth of the matter is, BAN are in all sorts of trouble on and off the pitch. If Mushis out due to injury, then even the Afghanis may be able to celebrate a victory.

    Discuss....

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on February 26, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    A big problem for India is how dependent they are on Kohli. Had Kohli got out early today, it would've been highly doubtful that we would've chased this down with Rahane, Rayudu and Karthik the batsmen in the middle order. A lot was expected from Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in subcontinent conditions but they seem to have brought the same mediocre form from the South Africa and New Zealand series (even though they were able to provide a decent start for India). Hope they perform better in the future games.

  • lobsterchampion on February 26, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Again an excellent innings by Kohli in a chase. Full marks to him and Rahane on how they paced their chase. This is a good start for India. To all the BD fans, no matter what you say, your team is still a minnow when it comes to playing with the big boys. Just look at your team's record against India, Pak and SL. Combined BD has played 92 ODIs against India, Pak and SL and have won only 8 and lost 83. Your team's success rate is not even 10%. So yes, definitely when BD beats one these teams once in a blue moon, it is called an upset and rightly so.

  • thozar on February 26, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Is there a better batsman in the world than Kohli today? I always believed Tendulkar's records could never be emulated at least in our life time but if there is anyone in the world who could come even close to the little master, then it is this kid here. And the biggest problem for opposition bowlers is that he is still very young and has a long career ahead of him. Our bowlers are lucky that they dont need to bowl to him. I can only imagine how much other teams would want to have a batsman at least half as good as Kohli in their team. Go Virat and win yet another cup for your country.

  • king_julien on February 26, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Well played Bangladesh, especially Mushfiqur (hope you recover before next match). The match could have turned BD way were it not for another Kohli special. BD has had so many close matches over the past few months (SL series especially)...........do not lose heart, once you get the knack of winning these close matches, you will be one more giant from Asia. Best of luck for rest of the tournament.

    @Blade runner.......You have been a great source of amusement over the years...your delusions are hilarious...keep them coming

  • BMDeep on February 26, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    First of all,I wud like to say dat ppl here r trying to under rate Ind bowlers.Fair enough,I agree that dey r nt disciplined bunch as expected from an Int team but they have had sme gud individual bowlers like Shami nd Jaddu.Secondly,credit should be given where it is due.Ban batting has been improved nd they r no longer a team wat their rankings reflect esp in their back yard.I have some concerns abt Anamul but Mush's inns was very matured and composed.Ppl r just trying to take d credit away frm them jus by complaining abt Ind bowling. Nw,how can one keep VK away frm party while Ind is chasing?It is nt Ind's bowling dat is weak bt honestly, it is their batting since their middle order is hardly tested and absence of Dhoni.I wud say,dey passed their 1st test.I dnt think Pak will b as generous as BD in bowling but dis is nevertheless a gud beginning fr Ind coming into d tournament wid bunch of losses. Ind vs SL match wud b fun nd I personally back Ind to win. Al d best for both d teams

  • Dominic_Mohammed on February 26, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    I am not sure why everybody tries to pull down Kohli by saying he score only in Sub continent. My question is, is he the only player from sub continent? What about the performance of other sub continent players in sub continent? For record, except in SA his average in other locations are either 50's or late 40's. His record in SA is 35 which is way better than most of the international players. Looks like some people cannot digest his success.

  • kumarsSansai on February 26, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    @Khurram Rasheed you thinking Pakistani batsman should learn from virat how to pace the innings and lead to victory.

    I am thinking Indian bowler should learn from Pakistan bowlers how to bowl in different condition.

  • on February 26, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    A good win for India but as usual BD made India sweat especially in the first half of the chase. BD is a vastly improved team as they showed in the last Asia cup and the recent series against SL. If not for Kohli's dropped chance early in his innings, BD could have put some serious pressure and pulled off a win against India's fickle middle order. Brilliant and mediocre in the same match... consistency is what the BD fans would be hoping from their team.

    I am an ex supporter of Rohit Sharma and I think we can do without this "talented" batsman and bring Pujara in. This will be a testing series for India against Pakistan's mighty bowling attach and SL's strong middle top and middle order. I can't wait to see Afghanistan in action.

  • TestOfTime on February 26, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    @ IndiaRulesEverybody , try not to be obnoxious mate. Bangladesh is not a minnow anymore. They have some world class players like Shakib, Mortaza, Tamim and Mushi. They can beat any team anytime. They are not consistent yet, but that'll come in time. But I agree with qualification for other teams like Nepal, PNG etc. We need more teams in this tournament

  • kapsitash on February 26, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    @Bladerunner be prepared for some more excuses for the India-Pakistan match.

  • TestOfTime on February 26, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Good game....didn't think India was cruising until the end of the final power play. They played well measured and sensible cricket, I wish Pujara was selected for this game. We didnt get to see how Rayudu and DK would perform if Kohli had lost his wicket earlier. I think this is still a big question mark. Also, it maybe time to give Ishwar pandey a shot in the next game.

  • PPL11 on February 26, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    @Talha Rauf - Agreed !! But what about pakistan? they cant win away or in sub continent !! How about that? Poor Pakistani !!

  • Dominic_Mohammed on February 26, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    I would love to see Suresh Raina being brought into as opener instead of Rohit. His 3 centuries so far in ODI came when he was batting at no. 3 till Kohli took that position permanently. India's only T20 hundred is also under Suresh's name which was score as no. 3 batsman in T20 world cup. In IPL also he comes at no. 3 for Chennai super king. If he can come at no. 3 then why can't we try him as opener.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 26, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    This is the first time I have found majority of the PAK and BAN fans not bashing each other and are quite sensible in their way of talking. I love this spirit when we are altogether providing ample support and giving sensible advices to each other. But the most funniest and the arrogant(although they have minimum stuffs to brag about) SL fans who are actually quite confident of the other teams beating Ind than THEY ARE CONFIDENT.ha . you can only laugh at their comments. Irequest non of the fans from any country either to be bothered.!!A future reminder: after they would be thrashed in tests against SA , just go by the comments of them. you will be prepared to only have stomach ache with laughter(@as Rohit said).

  • 11MP on February 26, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Good game by both the Team. I do not understand BD and SL fans overconfident. Yes, we know that we are good in subcontinent but you guys struggle everywhere lol Indian Team looks good. Betting is on right path but as usual, bowling needs more work. I am so tired of Aswin's experiment, why he needs to change his bowling action? Totally needless experiment. Varun aaron needs serious coaching/support and I do not see any leader in bowling department. Varun is good bowler but he needs to control his aggression and just keep it simple. No need to bowl all 6 balls in an over @ 140K.

  • on February 26, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Have no idea how people like AltafPatel get their comments verified after putting forward ridiculous arguments, Kohli got a 100 and a 96 in SA and 2 hundereds in the ,NZ ODIs 4-0 whitewash? Which series were you watching? Moreover he has played one of the best ODI innings of all time in Hobart against Malinga and co and has Test centuries in the Bullring and Adelaide as well

  • ibbani on February 26, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    I like the SL and BD fans writing negative about India, it shows how fearing the Indian team is for their teams. Pak fans are not far behind either. BD is such a third class team, but the best team to give statements before matches and cant digest them after the result is negative. BD - you will remain #9 or 10 always till eternity. grow up fans and team.

  • India_Rules_Everybody on February 26, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    I would really like to ask BCCI/ICC why we don't have a qualification round in Asia Cup? I would suggest a qualification round of Nepal, BD and Papua New Guinea going forward in any multi national tournaments. If substandard teams like BD are allowed to play against elite teams like India then it is only fair that they earn that opportunity.

  • cookiemonster80 on February 26, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    There is no god but Sachin Tendulkar, and Virat Kohli is his messenger.

  • Valavan on February 26, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Asian Teams have the habit of running down any team. Do you Indian fans think you all were saints when you lost to england, SA or NZ. You did the same. No difference to any of these fans doesnt matter India, SL, Pak or BD. Watch cricket as sports and accept defeats gracefully instead unwanted trumpet blowing. India played better cricket, so they won, any team who plays better cricket won, Atlast understand Cricket is the greatest. Not your useless, baseless arguments. cricinfo please publish.

  • Guruprasad.S on February 26, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    @BanglaBandhu: Mashrafe Mortaza was right in what he said. Bangladesh has beaten India quite a few times and on two occasions, it has proved costly for India. The first time was in 2007 World Cup, where India made an early exit due to defeat to BD. The second time was in Asia Cup in 2012, where India failed to make it to finals, due to loss to BD. Whatever Indian fans think, one thing is clear that India can not just hope to turn up and beat BD. Today also, BD made India work hard for their win. Who knows, if Kohli and Rahane were dismissed earlier, BD could have put lots of pressure on the inexperienced batsmen to follow.

  • DD_f0rever on February 26, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    @ Davidoff Lights

    Thanks.

    But we have done that in past too. Like beating Mighty Pak in Pak....Sehwag scoring TRIPLE and finsihing many careers ?..I hope, you guys start playing again at ur home and we thrash u again in "A" game or two !

  • NP_NY on February 26, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    LOL. These SL fans sure are hilarious. They never get the facts, so here they are again: India has beaten SL in all the important matches in the recent past - Tri-series final in the West Indies, Champions trophy semi-final, and world cup finals. India has also beat SL in the last bilateral series between the two sides in both India and in Srilanka. So in a way, I understand the India bashing by the SL fans in these forum - because SL cannot do it on a cricket pitch!

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Kohli is going to beat Sachin's Record in every format for sure

  • phunny_game on February 26, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    I cannot believe people are actually taking Aaron's side. It has not happened just today, it happened in NZ too. He was hit all over the place in every match. Agreed he has the pace but that actually works against him. No control at all. We saw that even without pace, BK is much better than him, even at the death.

    And what is the matter with all the SL fans. Why so many issues with India. I can understand if BD fans are saying stuff, thats because their team was beaten comprehensively. But whats the matter with SL fans( not all of them, i see some sensible comments too ). SL has lost 90% of the matches to India in the last 3 years including 3 finals and a semi final. Their best bowler is hit all over the park whenever playing against India. And still u keep calling India the worst team and what not. If we are so bad, then simply BEAT US .. !!!

  • street_smart on February 26, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Yesterday I said Aron should be playing. As he will give more runs. Instead Binny as an allrounder or Ishwar Pandey should have played. DK may be good as a batsman but he is not as good a keeper.

    I would drop Rayadu & play Binny & Ishwar Pandey for Aron.

  • I_Love_My_India on February 26, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    @Fogu, relax mate, I was not at all trying to pull you guys down. I was just joking and if I hurt your feelings, I apologize....

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Indians only work in subcontinent......

  • NP_NY on February 26, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    So many negative comments about India from SL and BD fans. I like it. Just shows how they really feel about the superiority of the Indian team and the constant thrashing (especially SL) has received in the last few years.

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    A wonderful captain inning by Kohli.

  • kc69 on February 26, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    I guess this looks like the perfect start for virat to warm up for the tourney.Guess what next on the menu for Virat is Sri Lankans.Would love to see how Virat just gives a reality check to SL bowlers.My thinking is India just loves to play SL and probably SL would feel more happy as MSD is not playing.

  • Gzero on February 26, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    @Blade_Runner: In what sense do you think that this was a hard fought victory & that both teams were neck to neck? Grow Up Buddy.

    I appreciate BD's batting effort. If they focus more on their bowling, they'll surely be a superb team.

  • kitten on February 26, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Some comments are very amusing....like this one...'Had not Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have that effortless partnership, the result could have been different'. I would add, had the partnership between Musfiqur and Anamul Haque not prospered, BD would have been out for 150 or thereabouts!! Unbelievable what some people say. The fact remains that India won fair and square, and in a canter. There were no alarms once Rahane and Kohli came together. I know some people would say they won in the 49th over, but people who watched the game know that Kohli and Rahane could have won much earlier if it was required. The better team won on the day, and I feel sad that BD had to go in without two of their best players, Shakib, and Tamim. But that is life, and hopefully they will still do well. They are a very young side, and very talented and entertaining. With Shakib returning soon, who knows what will happen. Best of luck BD.

  • phunny_game on February 26, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    @SriLankanYoungBlood : Don't worry, I am sure they can defeat SL just like the last edition to stay in the competition. I am sure that will please u :P

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    The results were pretty expected, Kohli is a real talent in the cric world.

  • NP_NY on February 26, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    @Blade-Runner: Sour grapes again? I almost feel sorry for you mate!

  • Rohit... on February 26, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner: U always manage to give me a stomach-ache with laughter... I Love U man... & the point where U mentioned that India-Bangladesh match was close fought wile SL-Pakistan was one-sided was simply marvelous... But the best joke was the comment where U claimed SL to be the best... Even the mere image to see SL as the best team is making me laugh.

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    Hey what happened? India has upset Bangladesh!!! And how , without breaking a sweat. One of the biggest upsets. Mortaza must be really peeved.

  • NP_NY on February 26, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    @Nocricketforbs: There is nothing wrong with being passionate about sports. And let's not pretend like the non-Indian fans in this forum are very level headed. When you guys stop bashing India for no logical reason, we will stop doing it also. Until then, it's all fair game.

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Only 5 overs for Zia when he was the best of the BD bowlers today!! VR aaron broke the big partnership although he gave a lot of Runs. Mushfiq should had try Zia to break partnership (or not to grow the partnership)!

    3rd seamer is used to get breakthrough and if he bowls even poor, most captains use him as much he can. It is cricket basic. When will our cricketers learn the basics!

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Well played India, Kohli inning was special, the way he handled pressure was delight full to watch, Congrats to indians from across the border !!!

  • Winner_Stands_Alone on February 26, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Virat Kohli won the match for his country and also won hearts of a million today! Well played kudos from a Sri Lankan. I'm sure I will someday tell the tale of this great batsman I have seen in my life to my children and grandchildren. You truly is and will be a legend.

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on February 26, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Thanks SL fans for your entertainment !!! Love your super-joke comments against india which is as equally entertaining as virat's batting!!! Of all the fans in the world, Its SL fans who are most arrogant and against india.....Actually we enjoy it....In this forum the main entertainers are SL fans....most of pak fans and BD are as friendly except few here and there ...But SL are fans are great to have here...Thanks Again...Lol

  • HariVenks on February 26, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    May be India has won the match easily but there are more concerns..still we are not able to take control between the overs 11 to 35..if this is a problem against bangladesh in Subcontinent condtions then it is going to be a bigger problem in WC 2015....somehow we need Shami to bowl 2 to 4 overs during this period..currently that is the only way I see that India could do better..Jadeja was good in restricitng today and Ashwin was not bad..and certainly Varun needs more chance..he could an asset to this team in WC 2015 and we would never know if we dont play him often...also some how India has to give a chance to Mishra this series....Always the selector and Captains need to be patient with leg spin..and give them more chance...I dont see Rohit as an opener..it looks to me that he is doing that opening job by mistake..Except for Virat and to some extent for Shami all other 9 players have some issue or the other..with this we cannot win the World Cup...

  • tauassul on February 26, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    can any one tell me that today's before which two captain scored hundred in same one day ?

  • DD_f0rever on February 26, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    @ Bangla Bandhu

    Agreed with what you said. Team BD is no more a minnow. Full strength BD team consisting of tamim, Shakib, Mushi, Momi etc. is tough to beat.

  • Dennythecricketer on February 26, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    This guy (Virat Kohli) amazes me every time I see him bat. He is a gonna be a great asset to Indian team in years to come........Go on Virat

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Our Indian bowling was pathetic as usual . Phew!!! Batsmen saved the day.

  • NP_NY on February 26, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    @BanglaBandhu: Whatever Mashrafe meant, the point is, if BD beats India, SL or Pak it would be an upset. This is true until BD starts beating these top teams consistently. This match wasn't close. India could have easily chased this target in 45 overs, but they didn't have to. As of now BD and Afghanistan is in the same bracket, only Afghanistan is improving every day.

  • CherryWood_Champion on February 26, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Funny ... India did not give many chances to Varun/Umesh on green tops in SA/NZ and expect them to take wickets on these flat tracks. They should be playing horses for courses ... bring in Binny for flat tracks and Varun for pitches that have juice in it for the fast bowlers.

  • AjitDJ on February 26, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Time to get rid of Rohit Sharma.

    Move Rahane to opening and bring in Pujara at number 4. This line up will then be rock solid.

  • Retour on February 26, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    As an Ind fan, I feel great to see the team pull a major upset over the ferocious BD Tigers. Despite having the best record of winning major tournaments amongst the sub-con teams both in the subcon and overseas, Ind (in the minds of many subcon fans) usually starts out as an underdog vs. the strong and mighty Asian teams such as BD, Pak and SL. In spite of an inexperienced bowling and batting line-up, team Ind pulled it off. What a lucky day - what must have helped: was it the dew, the toss, or BD having an off-day. Anyways, better luck next time, BD! …. As for team Ind, would love to see Pujara in the line-up for the next game.

  • Manu_reddy on February 26, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    i dont know why western people are so biased against subcontinent teams...ask any non sub continent player for that matter they ll surely say playing in non subcontinent conditions is much easier than in subcontinent conditions and its simply because in non subcontinent pitches batsmen ll have to show patience only when the ball is new and when ball gets older shot making also becomes easy as there wont be any spin or reserve swing but in subcontinent conditions batsmen have to be patient everytime because of variable bounce, spin and reverse swing so be it a old ball or new ball as a batsmen you have to be very carefull with your shot selection in subcontinent especially while playing tests and am sure that most of the subcontinent team ll lose in subcontinent if they are provided with spining tracks rather than flat tracks..

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    well played. BD batted really well especially mushy. but simply not enough runs for indian batting.

    superb from kohli once again. he is verygood player and good finisher. rahane also supported him well today.

  • ujan.s on February 26, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    feeling pity for india...they may have won the game against Bangladesh but i guess if Bangladesh had got all their key players...they would definitely have come out on top! with this impotent bowling attack india's misery will continue against Afghanistan as well! to be quite honest Afghanistan would be the favorites to win the match against india just like the Bangladeshi team was today...our players can only pin the blame on the unlucky streak they are going through! it's a shame that this Bangladeshi bunch's been screwing up big time quite often these days!

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Congratulations to Indian friends for winning "A" match outside India. Keep it up.

  • samincolumbia on February 26, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    So Aaron goes for 10 runs an over and Bhuvi is under bowled. What's the use of pace when it's mis directed. On these slow pitches, India needs bowlers like Pandey who is accurate, not someone more clueless than Ishant.

  • GRVJPR on February 26, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Virat Kohli is quickest to 19 centuries, next best is Chris Gayle who took 64 innings more, tendulkar took 194 innings more........ So forget comparing Kohli with Ab De Villers, or Kevin Peterson......... Kohli is best by a mile.

  • Eclipse0990 on February 26, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    So one team put to its place. 2 more to go. Everyone knows what'll happen against SL(even though SL fans harp otherwise) and Afghanistan will give us some match practice for finals. Between those matches, a match with Pakistan. That's something to watch out for.

  • BanglaBandhu on February 26, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Once again IND fans have misunderstood what Mashrafe has said. This is probably due to language issues. He said that IF BANGLADESH beat India, it would not be regarded as an upset.

    And the facts of the match highlighted that point. Anamul's 50 and Mushi's 100 showed a limp IND bowling attack. Normally BD have to go deep down to the tailenders as as top and middle are bowled out but not in this game. The top 2 for India played very hesitantly.

    Kholi played an excellent captains knock and he was well supported by Rahane, but it was an average game. If you regard BD as still a minnow, then this game would disprove that view. Mash was right and you Indian fans who understand English, should agree with him!

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 26, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    @mzm149 thanks for your kind words. appreciate that!!.

  • kickassPakistan on February 26, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Virat Kohli is one hell of a player. Just love the way he eases into his innings. Brilliant and a previlage to watch.

  • mucheemaann on February 26, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    agree with @"Ajay Bhāradvāj" - Lot of times I wanted Tendulkar to stay off strike so changes of him getting out are minimized. With Kohli, I want him to be on strike all the times.

  • Manu_reddy on February 26, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Very good victory by India..keep up the momentum boys... well played kohli, mushi,rahane, anamul and well bowled shami and jadeja... When it comes to Indias overseas performance, i feel they could have won atleast 3 odi matches if they had bit more luck and if they had shown bit more application them they could have easily won the test series in sa and new Zealand but they played really well on the tours with only little experience in those conditions so stop complaining about those tours and learn to appreciate d team when they do well because its better to look for positives and to work on your negatives..

  • GRVJPR on February 26, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    @royals1986 Kohli has scored Test centuries in both South Africa and New Zealand, which is much bigger test. Only a fool can doubt his ability.

  • Manu_reddy on February 26, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    Very good victory by India..keep up the momentum boys... well played kohli, mushi,rahane, anamul and well bowled shami and jadeja... When it comes to Indias overseas performance, i feel they could have won atleast 3 odi matches if they had bit more luck and if they had shown bit more application them they could have easily won the test series in sa and new Zealand but they played really well on the tours with only little experience in those conditions so stop complaining about those tours and learn to appreciate d team when they do well because its better to look for positives and to work on your negatives..

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    good start in ASIA CUP.........

  • India-Do-Well on February 26, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    @ bhatgokul ---- what was that taste..... OH Sour Grapes.... ewww

  • GRVJPR on February 26, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Virat Kohli is quickest to 19 centuries, next best is Chris Gayle who took 64 innings more, tendulkar took 194 innings more........ So forget comparing Kohli with Ab De Villers, or Kevin Peterson......... Kohli is best by a mile.

  • warneneverchuck on February 26, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    I think bd can win against minnows lile Afghanistan and SL

  • India-Do-Well on February 26, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    bhatgokul - if what you say is true.. then how bad BD really is in their own conditions and having played SL recently to be in match practice conditions on their own pitches... LOL

  • ABKhanISB on February 26, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Close competition between two equal teams

  • joza on February 26, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Very impressed by Rahane. He looks like he could be in the XI long term. When Dhoni gets healthy and Kohli at #4, I think Rahane is a great option for #3. Why no look at Pujara? His List A average is over 50...can't we give him another chance in ODIs? Let him open with Dhawan, he can play his natural game and let Rohit come at #5 so he doesn't bring any added pressure on the middle order.

    India bowling wasn't awesome, but they did very well at the death. Impressed by Shami to pick up important wickets down the stretch. Flat track, comfortable win for India. Not exactly the most impressive win ever, but it's a big win for a team that hasn't won a match in a long time. Gives the young team some confidence and some momentum.

  • Nocricketforbs on February 26, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Dear Indian fans, Congratulations for beat Bangladesh with only 6 balls to spare. Please accept as just a win. Do not perceive the cricket matches as fighting for the countries independence. No other cricket fans not crazy as you. Let the players to play and if they win cheer for them if they lose just accept it wish them for better luck next. Because of your over expectation and excitement. They become famous and multimillionaire in overnight and disappeared and involved in off the field activities and lost their place. I remember in 1980s some Indian fans died or suicide when India lost to Pakistan. In recent series when NZ beat India and SAF beat AUS, fans just praized their plaers. And that's it. Imagine Fan's reaction if India lost or won in these matches .

    Regards.

  • MANEESHROY on February 26, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    This victory is just a consolation prize for defeat overseas.

  • sundersingh on February 26, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    hoping, next match the other team win the toss and bowl first.... exciting to c india batting first with likes of virat and co

  • royals1986 on February 26, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    @ AltafPatel If Kohli has not scored in NZ and SA then name me any batsman from SL, PAK or BAngla who were consistent in scoring runs against SA or Aussies. Just by blaming Kohli you can take the credit out of him. he is a gamechanger and a finisher. India have produced some best batsmen in this century and kohli is one of them. and India will continue to produce them. YOU LOSERS CAN ONLY DREAM TO HAVE A BATSMAN OF THAT CALIBRE.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 26, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    @hussain277 ... Whats your point? Your team plays in Sub continent too!!! They should be used to SC conditions correct?

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    I am a Pakistani fan but I have to say Kohli is amazing batsman ... I strongly believe that in next 10 years he will overtake every batting record in the book ... Tendulkar was not as good at same age as kohli is ... By far the best young talent ever seen ... If he shows good manners on field behaviour wise he will be remembered forever

  • mzm149 on February 26, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    India got away with the match due to dew. Will lose against Afghanistan for sure.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 26, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    @ BanglaBandh...where are you...Don't see you commenting anymore!!! Sleeping? Keep it that way

  • wakaPAK on February 26, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Is it safe to assume that Kohli is a terminator sent from the future in order to stop BD from monopolizing the cricket world.... I mean this guy really is a run machine...

  • ProdigyA on February 26, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    @DhairyBoghani - Excellent point and I totally agree with your two reasons for India's poor performance.

    Spinners have to take responsibility as strike bowlers like Bhajji and Kumble and need to strike regularly in the middle overs, which will not only contain runs but also help the fast bowlers at the death.

    Good point about the slow starts. I think Rohit is so slow that it is effecting Dhawan's batting as well. I feel tempted to agree with some of the comments here about trying Pujara to open with Dhawan and have either Rohit dropped or replace Rayudu at 5. Somehow need to get Pujara in the team and the middle order looks very weak.

    I think Aaron had a bad day and its too early to critisize him.

    Finally, looks like Dhoni's captaincy and team selection got rubbed on to Kohli and he is making similar mistakes. But still its too early to comment and wish him good luck.

  • Blade-Runner on February 26, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Congratz India for your hard fought victory against Bangladesh B team. Both teams were neck 'n neck until the last few overs. The dew factor played a key role in India's victory. Btw that intentional no-ball at Rahim's body was pretty low. For the rest, Well done !!!

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 26, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    BD miss their best chance to stay in the Asia Cup. It's really disappointed after getting almost 280 and getting first 2 wickets with in 54 runs. Now BD has to defeat much tougher opposition like SL and PAK if they want to stay in the series.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    although bangla lose against india but i still beleave they both met each other in final.kohli was outstanding today but you still cant compare his captaincy with dhoni

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    Great game, Kholi and Rahane batted wonderfully. Although Kholi had made a lot of mistakes especially in fielding during Bangladeshis innings. Hopefully they improve.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    This is just world class batting by Virat , he traveled 3 different continents in the past 3-4 months and just kept on getting better and better . It really feels like he never gonna get out until he eventually gets out . Very few players have shown such excellence in the game and that too at such a young age shows lengths about his batting.....

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    virat kohli batting very good...

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Even in Tendulkar's heydays, I used to be tense pray that he doesn't get out. But watching Kohli bat, I feel very assured that he will see us to safety. a'la Dravid in tests.

  • Iceman29 on February 26, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    @Khurram Rasheed: on a lighter note may be we two countries can swap batsmen and bowlers.... :P......actually its our Ind bowlers who should learn from Pak bowlers...your batsmen are doing reasonably well...dont worry..

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    how good is Virat kohli........

  • samincolumbia on February 26, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    @maruthudeflt - Your comments make no sense. Still scarred from Kohli's innings against SL in Australia. Not even ABD or KP can match that. It's ok though since there are many others who will never forget that thrashing.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 26, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft seriously mate you are either not much of a cricket fan or you don't have proper judgement sense. you go by michael vaughan statement who cannot state his own team's future? ha ! mate. and seriously kp better than kohli? I do belive he is an awesome player but kohli s far far better than him. He is currently the best odi best man along with ABDV. I believe that!! @ balde runner If so then WITHOUT dhoni one could easily say India's club team . ha !

  • bhatgokul on February 26, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Asia cup is all about making some records! Now everyone will start praising this Indian team but the fact of the matter is nothing can be taken away from all the humiliating losses India have experienced! Kohli made another hundred, brilliant! Apart from improving his strike rate and demonstrating that he is the only guy who stands up and performs wherever he goes, it doesn't disprove the fact that India still is a mediocre team with absolutely rubbish bowlers!

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Both teams played really good cricket. Had not Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have that effortless partnership, the result could have been different. One very noticeable change in Indian players is how their behaviors and attitudes have been changed dramatically lately towards Bangladesh team. It's good to see how the bowler ran immediately to check on Mushfiqur when he was hurt by a full-toss and how Koহli and one other player appreciated Mushfiqur's innings once he got out. I really liked that.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Perfect answer for those who have been speaking negative about Indian ability since the match started. Can't compare India with minus rated Bangladesh. May be B'desh might have won 1 or 2 matches by fluke but they are not serious competitors to India anytime today or in the future.

  • AltafPatel on February 26, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    One more century for Kohli on flat tracks. Hope Asian batsmen get some credits for such performance though they can't compare fifty on sporting pitches. I remembered he averaged around 10-25 in SA ODI series with a duck. Could not save 4-0 white wash in NZ. Now he has to play in Aus against MJ and Co.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    come on bangladeshis accept ur defeat. If u guys say shakib,den India is playing without dhoni,raina and yuvraj . We 2 miss key players. Great way to start the tournament .. India can win it.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Will Kohli turn out to be better than Tandulker? That would be impressive for India to produce two all time great batsman in such a short time period

  • India-Do-Well on February 26, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    @Blade-Runner - last time I saw your team they got spanked by India in SF-CT on a nice seaming wicket wicket with overcast conditions and then in the finals of the Tri-series in WI when Dhoni provided a clinic on how to win a finals (rather than choke)..... another one will be served shortly next week..... stay tuned

  • Fogu on February 26, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Love India guy - Not surprsing or upset. It was a clinical performance by Kohli but not a runaway either. BD batted very slow at the beginning and in a few middle overs and were 30 runs short but credit to IN batsmen especially Kohli and Rahane who displayed poise and technique to make it look easy. If BD had beaten IN, it wouldn't have been an upset either in many people's eyes since that has happened a few times before. Try to apprciate your team instead of creating negative situations.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    @blade runner....it was a cake walk when kohli and rahane came into bat...its an easy win

  • hussain277 on February 26, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    India winning formula in ODIs.. (a) Win toss Bat second (b) What ever runs conceded(No issue) (c) Kohli's century (d) Sub continent...Note: Most important phenomena is content (d). suggestion to rest Asian captains u cannot change content (d) . utilize caption(a) and control caption (c) your team will win :)

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    Congrats to India ! India played better cricket than BD. BD have lot of areas for improvement to beat top teams. Very disappointing bowling by BD ! Riad from BD.

  • Desiboi80 on February 26, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft - Better check your records again, Kohli has 3 centuries against Australia. Only big nation he does not have century against is SAF (highest score being 87*). Also look at how many games KP has played Vs Kohli.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 26, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft seriously mate you are either not much of a cricket fan or you don't have proper judgement sense. you go by michael vaughan statement who cannot state his own team's future? ha ! mate. and seriously kp better than kohli? I do belive he is an awesome player but kohli s far far better than him. He is currently the best odi best man along with ABDV. I believe that!!

  • TheRisingTeam on February 26, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Congrats to India for win as they were overall the better team and top partnership from Kohli and Rahane. Bangladesh though lost yet again should not be disappointed because it was a much better effort this time around especially with bat compared to that disastrous batting display against the Sri Lankans. Bowling still needs a dramatic improvement. Both teams are really young and youngsters of each team showed a good glimpse of what lies ahead for Asian teams in future. Don't know if its a first in Asia Cup but this is probably the first time 2 captains of both sides scored a 100 in the same match.

  • NP_NY on February 26, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    @Amila Karunaratne: I see you like most SL fans are very disappointed that BD couldn't beat Dhoni-less India. Here's an equation for you. Any Indian 11 > Srilanka. The win-loss ratio is 9-2 in the last 11 matches, including the WC finals, the tri-series final in WI and the bilateral in SL.

  • sundersingh on February 26, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    still i am having doubt abt the openers both of them r stroke players, they r pushed to be defensive by coaching...pls dont do that...if rahane opens the innings it will be different game.. he fits into that slot effectively...and rohit down the order can be good and suit his style of play (getting his eye in and take it from there)...

  • batman_gothamcity on February 26, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Well played Kohli and Rahane , the seamers were also decent today , all in all a good match practise for future games .

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    congratulations team india ..kohli for the magnificent victory

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Its very odd to all the time Ziaur Rahman(20 in 5ov) missing out full 10 over quota where as someone with more ordinary bowling got to finish 10 overs such as Rubel(63 in 10ov)..not just in this match but many matches its been observed. Even few days earlier in T20 against Sri Lanka when BD bowling in last 8 overs no spinner bowled simply with the excuse of dew in the field..And yet today due was just as bad as that match and spinners were bowling. When our team management going to grow up??!! You've got to make use of your assets when they are in form. Everything seems just preplanned..regardless it works in the field or not. Almost revolting.

  • dammgood on February 26, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Young india...keep learing and give your 100% always....we are with you. all the best to other teams...

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Brilliant batting display by the best ODI batsman 'Virat' Pakistani batsman should learn from virat how to pace the innings and lead to victory. Treat to watch VIRAT KOHLI - Respect from Karachi, Pakistan.

  • Blade-Runner on February 26, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Congratz India for your hard fought victory against Bangladesh b team. Both teams were neck 'n neck until the last few overs. The dew factor played a key role in India's victory. Well done !!!

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    virat kholi, definitely the best odi batsman ever produce from india

  • VJGS on February 26, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Too bad Bangladesh weren't able to cause an "upset". Yes it is an upset when any team (be it Bangladesh or Australia, West Indies or South Africa) are able to beat India in an "ODI" in "Subcontinental" conditions. All teams are solid when in home conditions, but Indians are invincible at home. Sure, Pakistan and England have managed to beat India in India, but "upsets" don't happen everyday. And to those who accuse Dhoni of favoring his CSK players, why are Jadeja and Ashwin still in the side? And who were the most economical of the Indian bowlers? Ashwin and Jadeja may not be the best in foreign conditions, but remember that Dhoni always tries to pick the best of the options available. He didn't hesitate to drop Raina and Ashwin in New Zealand either. So think twice before falling victims to false accusations or blindly blaming Dhoni for every wrong that happens in your life.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Nice win team India. Main and important thing our opening pair just getting on track. Though it's just 50 runs partnership, but when they reached at 50 marks they shaked there hands. Very good to watch their will to make runs for team India. Both had poor series like like every other Indian batsmen against SA and NZ. Perticularly Shikhar had very bad both the series. Today they both came togather and tried their best to get comparatively good start of 50 runs. I am sure as tournament progresses Rohit and Shikhar will blasts. Secondly Rahane too got important knock. In fact he had worst ODI time in SA and NZ than any batsman. Today's knock definately will help to gain his confidence level. Virat Kohli as usual brilliant. Indians are proude to have such a brilliant batsman. India is having great future after Sachin Tendulkar in the form of Virat. Nice win team India ! Keep it on. The real test is ahead against SL and offcourse Pakistan. Today's win definately going to boost our moral.

  • scarrule on February 26, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    @maruthudeflt kholi has scored many centuries against australia last year only 2 centuries comes in my mind, when he destroyed same jhonson nd co, who are on a song now.

  • DD_f0rever on February 26, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Good contest coming up.

    Malinga vs KOHLI

    So far Kohli has hit Malinga all over the park. He hits this bowler whom other teams fear, like doing net practice.

    Lets see if Malinga can stop Kohli this time !

  • pull_shot on February 26, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    I think we should give opportunity to varun aron whole series and c what he is going to offer

  • I_Love_My_India on February 26, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Question to Mortaza: "Mash, was this surprising or an upset?" Mash: "Err! Ah! Actually....."

    Virat, though I do not like your on field behavior, I have no doubt in your talent as a batsman. I think Varun should be groomed and should be told to use the slow balls to get in rhythm. Happy to see an Indian bowler bowling 144+ consistently. Other than him & Ashwin, I liked Indian bowling today though BD got to 280. It looks like 350+ pitch.

  • pradip1127 on February 26, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    This is look like 90s Team. One man army

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    @Maruthudel: virat has scored 3 odi centuries against Aus.. India won all 3.. Get ur facts right..

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    200+ partnership kholi and rahane.....kholi's 100...captain under pressure...i am not india fan...but like rahane and kholi as batsman......

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft one of Virat's earlier ton a score of 118 came against Australia chasing a score back in 2009 . After that innings he was seriously considered as a world class batsman. He still gt a prove himself against proteas bt for australia i think we have seen him against them enough . He was the only one to score the century in tests wen india Toured australia in 2011-12 season

  • NP_NY on February 26, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Kohli once again shows he is the best batsmen in the world especially when chasing. India should have finished the game in the 48th over though, because this series will likely come down to net run-rate when deciding the finalists.

  • Iceman29 on February 26, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    well played kohli and Rahane...congrats to both Ind and BD...dew is really a big factor here otherwise it would have been a little bit tough chase for Ind...the main obstacles are waiting for Ind which will test the middle order...

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 26, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    As much as I enjoy watching Kohli dominate, he can't bail us out all the time. The team needs some changes, especially looking ahead at the WC. First of all, Pujara needs to be tried. He could partner Dhawan at the top and could hold up one end and much better than Rohit because he actually takes singles. Plus his List A avg is 54+, you don't put a player like that on the bench. Dhawan needs to play his natural aggressive cricket. Yes, it doesn't always work, but he is to the team what Sehwag used to be and just see what Sehwag accomplished. Also, these two have the technique to play pace which will come in handy during the WC. Rohit could move to the middle order again, maybe fight with Rayudu for a spot as Rahane should what he can do today. It also adds Rohit's exp in the middle (he HAS played 100+ matches). Now the bowling performance was much better, the only change would be Aaron out for Pandey and maybe giving Binny a go sometime during the tournament.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    shakib+bangladesh> india.

  • A-dits on February 26, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    @ MaruthuDelft: KP? really? the guy who doesnt play is in contention with current players?;p

  • Rohit... on February 26, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    India - Bangladesh in Asia Cup = 9:1 ... Bangladesh will have to wait for many more Asia Cups for a win against India.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    I think it is better have an indian as an assistant coach or as a bowling consultant .It will be beneficial for the bowlers

  • Snambidi on February 26, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    What a great victory for India. Thanks to Kohli& Rahane Keep the spirit up!

  • yorkslanka on February 26, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    well done to India on a good win..good innings from kohli who once again, saves his team...disappopinted that Bangladesh seemed to have given up in the field when there was still 100 runs to get for India..

  • MaruthuDelft on February 26, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Respectable former England captain Michael Vaughan has concede Virat Kohli as the second best batsman in the world. Virat has still not scored an ODI century or a match winning innings against SA and Australia. Therefore the second best should be KP after AB; for the moment Kohli is just third. But still Michael Vaughan does pass a solid message. Currently we experience a real dearth of talented all round batsmen. Clarke, Amla, Kallis and Sanga are not all round players. And we only have one genuinely great bowler in Steyn. It shows money has not made cricket better.

  • Oracle_Magus on February 26, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Congratulations to Virat and Indian team. Well played in all departments. Really thrilled to see Varun bowling at an average speed of 144 k/hr. He is the future of Indian bowling and needs to be groomed. In sub continent track we can chase 300+ scores also easily. So stick with this team and that will give confidence to all players. A great start to Asia Cup boys. Well played team Bangladesh. Wish you the best for the rest of the tournament.

  • rsmehdihasan on February 26, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    BD should go against some weak link of Indian bowler who were part time bowler, Anamul have some technical problem rotating the strike , he was weak with straight bat. Should work hard. BD should rotate the strikes more easily as the wicket was heaven for batting. 40 run short.

  • Temuzin on February 26, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Well played Kohli. This guy is a phenomenon. Good match practice for Indians on Bangla pitches. And for once India did not give more than 300 runs to the opposition. Jaddu was economical. In fact most economical bowler from both sides. Keep it up guys.

  • Snambidi on February 26, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Rahim's glorious century was really a thrill for BDESH& were likely to win against India with their openers struggling& flopping in the middle. But then the Standby Captain Kohli rose to the occasion at the right bringing the match within reach to win.Thanks to the Captain of India& sorry for Rahim who did so well for the Bangladesh Team. Still needing 63 runs to win. From 62 balls a dramatic scene arose which was ,however,decided in favor of India by the 3rd Umpire.Umpire Bowden is great. Never makes errors.He promptly referred to The third eye when he had doubt about the catch after consultation with the leg Umpire. Tension for India. Close contest now.Anything could happen though Indians are favourites

  • on February 26, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Kohli is a class act 19 th ODI century match is India's to lose now. Top order did a good job .Top 4 should stay same I think .Rubel and Mashrafe bowled well but after that not much from Bangladesh. Even though ppl bashing openers I thought they played well.

  • Santyment on February 26, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Someone here just said Aaron is better than Pandey as he can bowl yorkers in slog overs....lol..We dont need those kind of yorkers that he bowled today and not allowed to bowl for the innings...that too after giving almost 10 run per over....wayward bowling ...he needs to play first class cricket first. Pandey was highest wickettaker in last Ranji season and also find of SA tour of India A team where he bowled better than even Shami though underbowled due to bad captaincy there too... Team wouldnt have suffered this much if he was given chance in even on NZ tour...Indian team is suffering because talented players are not given chance for just no reason...

  • on February 26, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Great knock Virat, well played. This knock and others he has played in the last six months show why he is the leading batsman in the world in all formats.

    It is about time other batsmen in the team start supporting him. Good as he is, how long can he keep carrying Indian batting !!

    I am sure Kohli, Rahane and Pujara are the future of Indian batting. We need to get Gambhir back in the team as opener, he has learnt his lesson.

  • KabsCricki on February 26, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    India have some deep problems that were revealed in New Zealand and are exacerbated here. The world champs will definitely not defend their title down under if they continue on this trajectory

  • bhushanB on February 26, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Nothing new here.... kohli did not risk going against Dhoni's will.......This is Dhoni's team... Kohli is just the bystander.... Same tactics... of playing two spinners... no chance for the possible pace allrounder - Binny in the side.... Bhuvi did not finish his quota of 10 overs, despite bowling considerably ok... No Pujara in the side....

    Same story.. nothing new here...... Nothing to feel excited about...

  • AltafPatel on February 26, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Gone are the days when players were having decade long career until you have exceptional ability and consistency. Gambhir, Irfan, Ishant... are the examples.

  • 30-30-150 on February 26, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Would have been nice if the home crowd showed a bit of appreciation when the opposition scored a boundary/took a wicket. Also the Bangla players need to tone down their appeals and celebrations, and try to improve their game.

  • Maddy208 on February 26, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    My deepest worry is that why indian selectors are not considering Gautam Gambir , he should be playing for India he is such a competitive cricketer . Bawling department is a real problem india should play with a left arm fast baller in order to get the variation.

  • ThePacifist10 on February 26, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Rohit and Shikhar found some form in NZ, as they scored two 50+ scores in the entire tour. Far from their best, but not their worst. Oh, and this time, they put on a 50 run opening stand, surviving the first power play. Impressive start. They're our best bet as openers. They will do well. Rayudu needs to be switched for Pujara and Aaron for Pandey. I'm hoping Virat will be just as strict with his selection as he was with the fielding. Did you see him voice his disapproval of the fielding errors? Dhoni would just give his fielders that smoky stare and carry on. Plus, Virat talks to his bowlers and sets good fields most of the time, the former of which Dhoni does not practice.

  • on February 26, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    I thought the opening pair of Bangladesh did a gr8 job .All credit to them.Interestingly Rohit scored at a higher strike rate than Dhawan. I think they did well to get first 50 runs but then Dhawan lost his brain trying for sweeps 3 times missing every time and then getting out the 3rd time.Ziaur Rahman bowled well .I think rohit got out to a good ball but maybe we should swap his and Rahane s place and somehow get Pujara into the 11.Pujara should not be opening in my opinion .

  • on February 26, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Kohli !I can say 1 thing that surely he has been the best young batsman in India even better than Tendulkar when Tendulkar was at his age.There are in fact very few who'd be as good in ODI at his age in the history of the game.

  • time2goback2dbasics on February 26, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    India playing like old indian team which was playing around Sachin.to win the match opposition just needed sachin wicket.this time our team playing around kohli..this is bad signal.please somene remove rohit to save india team.after playing 100 match he is still inexperienced for some biased people..utterly nonsense.

  • fair_paly_1 on February 26, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    During the NZ India series someone had haughtily said it's like a contest between David and Goliath but NZ didn't mind as they overcame a Goliath match after match. I guess BD wouldn't mind too to be a David either as they too pummeled this bowling attack.

    But it shouldn't be a problem for India to cross the line.

  • deepakRajbanshi on February 26, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Well rohit doesnt fit in my village team, What the hell he doing in Indian Team. Foolish selectors who chose him time and again. I m sure if tendulkar is given again chances he will score big and in quick pace then this Nohit.

  • Desihungama on February 26, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Virat Kohli is so refreshing to watch that you can only wish him nothing but success. I hope this guy goes on to break Sachin ODI century record. This from Pak Supporter but I will be supporting Bangladesh in this match.

  • deepakRajbanshi on February 26, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    I Think Rohit should be replaced by Pujara in the opening slot. I m sure Pujara will not waste the starts like Rohit does in every game. Rohit is too slow and always wastes so many balls. Who the hell says Rohit immensely talented... Rohit is nowhere near Parthiv patel too.

  • i_amVIVA on February 26, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    the magic for mash may be working. now he needs to do some bowling magic like 2007. it still looks good for tigers. they need to bowl some tight overs like at the beginning again. they have good total, not a great against ind, but still defendable. with a weak middle order to come the game still out there to take. good luck the bangla boya...

  • on February 26, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    BD, Though u don't do that satisfactorily against other teams, when it is against India, u seem to raise the bar and offer reasonably good fight !Mushfiqur's magnificent century is indeed a Captain;s knock, leading from the front and BD in front of home crowd & conditions against India seem to get motivated to a greater extent !

  • on February 26, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has got it totally wrong, he is not going anywhere with this slow DEFENSIVE GAME. He is at his best when he is attacking and going for runs. The best position for him to bat is 5/6. India need to open with Pujara and Dhawan, Kohli at 3, Rahane 4,Rohit 5,Kartik 6,Jadega 7. Very disappointed to see Indian openers reply on a batting track with a very friendly bowling!!

  • SunnyAvfc12 on February 26, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Just had a look at India's middle order and it does not look too solid to me. Think India may struggle here.

  • BanglaBandhu on February 26, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Wickets at regular intervals!!!.. SHarma is bowled by Ziaur (A Part time bowler) Oh dear!!!

    Virat Kholi must now justify his captaincy. Mushi did it magnificently ... lets see what Kholi has! INDI Battiing has been lackluster - surely they haven't taken BD too lightly? ... or have they???

  • BanglaBandhu on February 26, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Well Razzak has done the business as far as Dhawan was concerned. The much vaunted batting of IND is still there but BD have just managed to chip away some of the strength. The bowling for the most part has been much more aggressive.

  • mnkgpt on February 26, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Missing Gauti and Viru in opening slot. No interest created by these two in powerplay....

  • SunnyAvfc12 on February 26, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Thats the way, build a solid opening partnership to build a platform for the coming batsmen.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 26, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    India is losing consistantly ODIs because of two main reasons.

    1. no wickets between 10-35 overs. Every time in SA/NZ/today we failed to roll over batting line up before powerplay. this put extra pressure on bowlers bowling after 35 overs.If oposition goes in powerplay with 4/5 down insted of 2/3 down, It can differ 40 runs at last total.

    2. Very Very slow opening. We can't put 300+ score/ chase 300+ after just 30 in opening 10 overs. We should take 50 runs in first 10 overs. In last WC slowest start by India was 44/0 chasing 216. So was the reason India won that WC.

    I don't see any reason of losing after strengthen this 2 points.

  • on February 26, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Indian bowling is so benign towards opposite captains. In the last match New Zealand captain made his best test score against it and now Bangladesh captain has made his one day best. And we all know international ranking of New Zealand and Bangladesh

  • ThePacifist10 on February 26, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    @ssenthil

    Are you mad? Kohli rotated his bowlers well, unlike Dhoni. Fast bowler? Aaron bowls at 150km/h. He's erratic, but he's just come off aback injury. Give him time. Shami bowls his spells in that way since it allows him to get rhythm. He managed to rotate his bowlers so well he had plenty of choices in the last ten overs. Take Aaron out of the equation and you'll see that it was a very good performance by the captain and the bowlers. Some 'fans' can never be satisfied.

    I saw Shami getting attended to by the physio. He needs to be looked after very well. He's looking a lot better than Zaheer did in the beginning of his career, and that's saying something. Well done Shami and Kohli on the field!!

  • Bokesh on February 26, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    It is not impotent whether credit should be given to Bd/ Mushfiqur or not? every body is talking about bad bowling or erratic bowling because they could do much better. Certainly good knock by Rahim. But unless and until he keeps on scoring in the same fashion for years, his credits shall always be measured by the yard stick of bad bowling. He is a good player but praises can be won only after you keep on repeating ( likes of Sachin, Rahul,Lara, etc,) such feats. Then no body would consider who the bowler was.Or even if you have reached the mile stone with the help of lady luck. Further, you can not expect people to give equal wait age to Bd and India.

  • NP_NY on February 26, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    It's funny how the commentators keep saying India is a good chasing target so 280 shouldn't be difficult. But they forget that to be a good chasing side the most important thing is a strong middle order. This Indian middle order does not have Raina, Yuvi and Dhoni. Instead it has Rahane, Rayudu and Karthik. This is a very different ball game now.

  • on February 26, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    why the hell Rohit Sharma is so slow at start of all his innings. too many dot balls in power play. And then if he gets out early after 20 or 30 dot balls, he makes a bad situation even worse. can someone please talk to him, as this is unacceptable.

  • on February 26, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    As we all witnessed BD posted the highest score lately against this attack today after SL series, this cant be just random..Give us bit more than a clue i guess about differences between attacks they faced recently.

  • BanglaBandhu on February 26, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    3 overs and 1 run! Bd might be better off keeping these two basmen in!

  • prakash_mishra on February 26, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    I didn't like Kohli's captaincy much. He was being overtly aggressive and was staring at his bowlers and fielders if they committed any mistake.he himseld coceeded 4 overthrows by being aggressive. Bowlers like Aaron who have express pace need to be counselled by the captain time and again. But that wasn't happening much, he was rather getting angry at him. I would like to see Aaron persisted for a while. His pace was a good thing to see. He needs match practice. I hope they don't get rid of him in the next match. I think three pacers for WC 2015 should be Shami, Yadav and Aaron while Bhuvi and hopefully someone else(a good young left arm pacer) as a reserve bowler. Spinner role should go to jadeja(not Ashwin) please.If Yuvi is back and he bowls well then that would be a big bonus. wonder where Irfan Pathan is lost?? Batting should revolve around Dhawan,Kohli, Pujara, Rahane and Dhoni.My views. Please don't ask for Vinay Kumar or Ishant Sharma. Ishant can be used in Test matches only.

  • ProdigyA on February 26, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    The same old problem for India. The spinners failing to take wickets in the middle overs. The openers give a break through, the opposition consolidate in the middle and then launch at the death, just like it happened in almost every match in NZ. Any other team would have easily scored 300.

    Spinners just being economical will not help, they have to pick wickets for India to win matches.

  • sfarazi on February 26, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    While 280 is perhaps a tad under par on this pitch, I think it's still a fairly competitive total on the board considering the slow start they had. India also bowled really well in the death overs which restricted Bangladesh from getting to 300 which they looked like would get easily. See, this is called giving credit to people where it's due. Some people really need to learn to appreciate good performances whether it be from a team like India or a team like Bangladesh. If Bangladesh can get early in roads then 280 won't be a walk in the park like a lot of people on here are suggesting.

  • AltafPatel on February 26, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    It was again defensive tactics by Kohli using spinners in middle to slow runs by not introducing seamers to get rid of Mushfiqur. Aaron got bowl continously despite being expensive that cost 20-30 more in total. Let's see how much it costs at the end.

  • Oracle_Magus on February 26, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Wonderful performance by BD. Hats off to the resistance by Bijoy and Rahim after the initial collapse. 280 may be a Little short, but an overall good performance by both India and BD. Varun Though expensive has terrific pace. Rahim was howling in pain after the hit. Varun needs to be nurtured and India can have a bowler who will be every Batsman's nightmare. 149 km/hr and consistent pace of over 140 is credible. Shami is as reliable as ever. Way to go Virat 70 odd runs in the last 10 overs is a good start. Now we need to see some fireworks with your bat to finish it off in style. Cheers

  • on February 26, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    His thinkig was good on wicket.. As both manage a fantastic partnership. And if bd goes for a early wicket. Their chance of wining is more.. Best of luck bd.

  • on February 26, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Hope India can give a fight, at least 250 Run on the board.

  • Mehedi_Jim on February 26, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Our team played well bt we are atleast 20 runs short for not to get enough singles in the middle overs.we hv to get wicket at the regular intervels to win the game bcz the Indians r very good at chasing in the subcontinent nd no team can contain them unless taking wickets here

  • unlocker on February 26, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Pls allah don't make hopeless today ,,we don't want to cry more ,we have to win this match for our little captain mushi ,who's are working hard in the pitch and makes hundred .i can't tolerate his innocent faced if we lost ,pls allah give us extra energy for win this match from your kindness

    Amin

  • pratit on February 26, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    This is the reason India do not have good pace bowlers. One bad match and see the number of rubbish cricinfo viewers asking Aaron to give up pace for line and length. All good fast bowlers are erratic at the beginning and should be given a long rope. One needs to only look at Dale Steyn's career at the beginning. This guy will get better. Hopefully Virat realizes this and gives him a long rope. I am sure Dhoni would have dropped him after this match.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 26, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    This is going to be an easy win for India. 279 on this pitch is nothing. I feel sorry for Mushfiq. Again he fought alone and no one supported him properly. Cant believe they could not even score 300 against this sort of bowling line up. Yet another hear break waiting for us :(

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on February 26, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Bangladesh is actually one baller short without shakib , they have to go with naeem or zia who are like part time ballers , so even with decent total from Bd I still think india has the upperhand ( I am Bd fan by the way) . Nasir has been totally out of form for a while , if imrul kayes played instead of nasir Bd would have gotten 300+ .

  • on February 26, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Here everyone is talking about India, I don't understand why people are always forget to give credit to Bangladesh. Whatever well played Mushfiq and well played Bangladesh. We are expecting consecutive wig against India in Asia cup,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Cricsnake on February 26, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Hats off to Mushfiqur Rahim for his superb knock. A well deserved hundred against good attack. Anamul Huq also played well. Mominul donated his wicket. He should play more sensible cricket. Ziaur played well at the end. But BD is short of many runs on the board. But BD bowlers should take the control now. This target seems not threatening to Indian batsmen. It will be tough task for BD bowlers. Beware of Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli & Kartick. Ashwin & Jaddu too can be very dangerous. Anyway good luck for the next innings.

  • on February 26, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    India this India that, come on at least for once praise the good effort of Bangla Batsmen Mushafiq played one of the best innings of his career and we are fighting over who was worst bhuvi or aroon.

  • Bokesh on February 26, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    well well well ! really good batting performance. good to see Bangladesh has matured into a force and no more are the meows. Rahim has always played the way he played today. But I think bowling needs a lot to be done, this kind of bowling (hopefully) may get away against Bangladesh but certainly not against Srilankans.

  • on February 26, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Don't understand as to why the expensive bowlerwas being persisted in Varun, conceding a lot of runs in his spells, the way Dhoni allows Ishant to be lavish ! Does Virat want to continue the legacy instead of following his own strategy.Shame is that Buvi had overs left,what a strategy !

  • on February 26, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Mightily impressed by India s death bowling. I'd say bhuvi Shami and Jadeja have sealed their places .Bhuvi was bowling a barrage of Yorkers. Aaron gave away 74 runs in 8 overs Vinay or Ishant would have given max 50 runs at the max.Ashwin was good but in WC 2015 and in abroad Odis we need only one spinner and that is jadeja for sure. Ashwin can play in subcontinent. So we need only one third bowler (seamer) .The bowling is not as bad a problem as some are making it look. Bhuvi bowled 8 overs and Rayadu bowled 3 overs. Gone are the days where Sachin sehwag and ganguly could bowl ten overseas between themselves block runs and take few wickets. Kohli Rohit Rayadu are jokes who can't even stop flow of runs .We need five bowlers who can bowl full quota and if only one of the bowlers has an off day should the sixth bowler come in.

  • Cricsnake on February 26, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Bangladesh, the land of spin all-rounders played quite decently, but they lack another 40-50 runs on that pitch. BD need around 335 to put some pressure on strong Indian batting line-up. But hope still they could give a good fight. BD spinners should have to do a lot. Rubel & Mortaza should bowl like Shami & Bhuvi. Just an off-day for fast & furious Varun Aaron. Anyway Mohammed Shami is becoming world class bowler. He take 3+ wickets in every match. What a player. Another 3-4 years he might be the best bowler in Subcontinent. Bhuvi also very economical and played exceptionally. Pandey, Binny or Praveen should play instead of Aaron. Ashwin & Jaddu were superb. Will see Indian batters fire. Good Luck both teams !

  • nothingnew on February 26, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    I love the way how Bangaladesh batted. Mushfi was brilliant . But i believe 15 runs are little short. but they have good bowling attack hope dew factor comes late . It will help Bangladesh to give good bowling . Hope this will be good contest .I believe shakib missing is great cost to bangaladesh . but something they can produce.

  • TheKeeper on February 26, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    What a horrible act by Varun Aaron - even Gavaskar said it was intentional. I mean, India must be desperate to find good pace bowlers because this chap Aaron has only played 19 first class matches. No first-class experience at all and in all honesty, other than speed, a pathetic bowler. I hope BAN thrash India.

  • BanglaBandhu on February 26, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Well judging by the way Sri Lanka played against Bangladesh a few days ago, India so far are looking like they will be in a whole heap of trouble in this tournament! The bowling was very toothless, very wery. The fielding was very basic, with amateurish mistakes.

    Credit to Mushi & Anamul, Ziaur answered a lot of the questions he was given. I bet BD are now regretting putting in Nasser in ahead of Ziaur

    I think the IND fans are thankful they have a good batting side. Some of BDs fielding has been exceptional and some of it has been very poor. Alot depends on aggressive fielding. Mushi has been guilty of trying to restrict rather than take wickets.

  • Haleos on February 26, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    After bangla innings : "Anamul says that in absence of Tamim and Shakib, they had to take responsibility and it's a defendable target. The pitch, he says, is good to bat and chasing will not be easy. " If the pitch is good batting would be easy. Maybe the message got lost in translation to english.

  • mzm149 on February 26, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Bangladesh are 20 runs short. The key is to get Kohli out under 50. There is no Dhoni to slog at the end. There is not a single threatening batsman apart from Kohli and Dhawan.

  • BustIPL on February 26, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    India will win this as no shakib but it is proved now that any team can score 300ish scores against india regardless of its ranking on the the ICC table.

  • on February 26, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    I don't know why people are after Aaron. He has good pace and and I am sure he will get the control soon. If we have backed Ishant for so long , it is only fair that we back Aaron. Talking about Yadav , I don 't think his control is better than Aaron.

  • on February 26, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    pathetic bowling by varun aaron he should have the right line and length instead of that pace which in turn will be beneficial for the batsmen on these pitches if the line and lenth is not proper anyway india's death bowling has improved a little

  • on February 26, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Kohli is doing another Dhoni here by not giving bhuvaneshwar kumar his full quota of overs .Then hell make excuses like he cant bowl at death.They are stagnating Kumar and he will end up as another Ishant.What a pathetic bowler Aaron is .Just shows outright pace without control can be lethal not for the batsmen but for bowling side.Umesh Yadav at least has some control. He bowled well in CT and then dissaperaed.Even though this guy has been given much less chances whatever he has been given he has been worse than Vinay Kumar and Ishant.

  • sumit1982 on February 26, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    It looks like India have to go on chase another 300 runs mark.It is turn out same old story from Aus series .

    Is umesh yadav being injured.I think he will be chose first before Varun Aaron .

  • on February 26, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Pathetic Bowling

  • ishaan1997 on February 26, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    In my opinion, aaron shouldn't have been played. He is a good bowler but after his injury, he should have been given some match practice. He should have been playing in vijay hazare trophy now rather than directly playing for india. I just hope he improves his lines and lengths and does not turn into ishant sharma.

  • on February 26, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    well Played Bangladesh Tigers in Bating Powerplays! Last 5 ovs They Added 46/1 RR 9.20 !!

  • DhairyBoghani on February 26, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    If India get bowler bowling 140+ constistantly, He would be given more & more chances although he fails everytime. Fans also support them. But We should understand that just speed is not needed. None of Aaron/Yadav had won a match on their classic performence. Everytime they just go and leak runs. We should select Bowlers with Brain not only with speed.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 26, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    This Rahim guy looks classy and right now he is putting the Indian attack to the sword.

  • on February 26, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Bangladesh is Looking in good form, I think its going to be a thrilling match to watch!

  • wackwella on February 26, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Such a mediocre bowling attack. Mushfiqur Rahim looks great. Ind made a wrong decision by picking Varun Aaron in these conditions. Someone like Praveen kumar would be great

  • SAboucher on February 26, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    such a pathetic bowling we have....absolutely nothing more to say...

  • BustIPL on February 26, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Aaron's career is going to be over at 140 kph.

  • SunnyAvfc12 on February 26, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    As an Indian fan I quite like Bangladesh, obviously dont want them to beat India but wish them well. Come on India!!

  • Dillugadu on February 26, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Oh please.... Stop shifting camera angles while delivering. Its so irritating....and definitely not eye pleasing.....

  • rsmehdihasan on February 26, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    slow batting in a batting paradise wicket. 250/260 is not enough in this wicket.

  • blissfully_ignorant on February 26, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    looks like b'desh & SL still haven't got over WC thrashing by ind..LOL!!! still haunted by the nightmares.take a chill pill

  • INDSlider on February 26, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    We can brag about our past because we have achieved a lot in the era of Sachin and before. But, on our current performance I have to agree with Maruthudelft. Definitely Lankans are a far better side than us in recent time. Look we are pathetically trying to stop away winless streak in both tests and ODIs. But Lankans have won against Saffas and Pak recently among top teams just forget about wins aginst bottom half of the ranking. I am not amaized if we struggle to beat Bangla in Bangladesh. They are such an improved bunch than our overhyped one match wonder players. Sakib, Razaq, Gazzi are way ahead than Jadeja and Ashwin. Players like Ishant will never be even in Ban A side. I was embarassed to see Dhoni bowling and not sure if Pujara and Dhawan would bowl tomorrow to get BigMac out.

  • on February 26, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    why is kohli persisting with Jadeja, u need to throw the ball to your wicket taking bowlers to break the partnership,

  • King_Ravanaa on February 26, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    We indians getting thrash when ever we travel in Nz, Sa, Eng and Aus. our team hold the record for getting whitewashed by our opponent. we are the only team in sub continent to loosing every game in a series without winning a single game, whether it is ODI or Tests.. Bangladesh betyer than us.

  • ksquared on February 26, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    These mediocre Indian bowlers can't pick up a wicket even if their life depended on it. Unless BD have another head explosion they should comfortably score above 300. Rahim is the key

  • AravindVatsal82 on February 26, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Best 11 is hard to pick from the lot,i really pitty u guys,u want india to win every match 24/7/365days with people who has highest average,strike rate.most 100's50's. in that case ur just like BCCI never ever be able to build the bench strength / second string of players. keeping in mind 14wc youngsters deserve a chance & consistently,should be gd experience to have to pick atleast 3 players for the 14 member squad,as we see yuvi,raina are to consistently in-consistent for some time,with sehwag,gambhir has lost hopes in themselves,surprisingly no player from IPL even after lot of finding i mean likes of sanju samson,mayank agarwal should get a chance at this level they can be selfless,& no pressure of fame,records OR landmarks this is the only way out

  • Army_rangers on February 26, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    I dnt understand y some mediocre team supporters are barking against india..actualy what the hell are they dng here,bfre commenting on u better to concentrate on ur hopeless team..and bangla fans,ur team cldnt even beat weak SL in ur own backyard nd u still believe u can beat india?dream on..

  • Great_Chucker on February 26, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    @Bladerunner typical comments coming from pathetic team followers..hope you won't comment during India's matches after the sound thrashing your mediocre team gets..LOL

  • Blade-Runner on February 26, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Bangladeshi batsmen are hitting Indian trundlers at will. They have been playing almost a month against the far superior Sri lankan attack and these Indian trundlers are like school boys for BD batsmen now. When you play against the best, you can improve a lot. Bangladesh is a prime example for it.

  • on February 26, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Kohli has replaced Dhoni as captain but nothing worthwhile has happened so far.let us hope that the bowlers bowl better under kholi's captaincy since that is expected by anti Dhoni campaigners in this forum.

  • Dinesh_S on February 26, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Anamul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim are doing good.

  • BanglaBandhu on February 26, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    LOL ... typical Indian commentators, trying to put their "Jinx" on Mushi and Anamul. SOme of these comments are quite funny ... run rate is a healthy 4.6 rpo and BD are playing sensibly. Previously BD have been accused of rash shot selection, now when they are playing sensibly, these "unbiased" commentators are saying that BD need to move things along!

    Wow ... what great insight and bogle and his silly stats are just not working!

  • AltafPatel on February 26, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Despite Shakib, Tamim not in BD team, Mushfiqur Rahim is threat who has been performing consistently with responsibility.

  • rsmehdihasan on February 26, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Bijoy is very talented but he needs to work hard with his technique. Specially playing more on straight bat and getting singles easily specially on one day. He has a tendency to go just outside off stamp when ball is moving. Bijoy is very potential player for BD just need to work hard with his technique little more.

  • INDIAFAN4EVER on February 26, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    I dont understand why Aaron, instead of him they could select stuart Binny. He is a good all rounder. VK also following MSD process. Bit upset on today team selection.

  • Cricsnake on February 26, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Bangladesh is going well now. Just forget the early breakthroughs and just build-up partnerships with boundaries at intervals. BD must pose a good competitive score on board. It is very difficult to beat India. If BD can do that they will get the momentum to go to final at ease. Good Luck both teams ! Cheers !

  • Blade-Runner on February 26, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    A great contest between 2 evenly matched sides. Bangladesh slightly hold the edge here with their superior bowling attack. As for now, Indian trundlers don't seem to pose any threat to classy BD batsmen. They are scoring pretty easily here with some colossal hits time to time. Its always good to watch even contests rather than one sided affairs like yesterday match.

  • Naked_Cricket on February 26, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    If BD wins today, indian fans in here start to jump at BD fans as for SL ,PAK fans.

  • on February 26, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Go Go Tigers Go !! Show your Stability .

  • Oracle_Magus on February 26, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Really happy to see the team selection and the choice of fielding first. Virat has matured and has done exactly what MSD would have done. We need to play to our strengths. Without Shaqib and Tamim we are up against a toothless tiger. This will be a good practice match for Virat as Captain which will give the confidence to face Sri Lanka and Pakistan who are playing their best team and in their best form. It's a pity that Shaqib is left out for silly reasons, else even Bangladesh would have been a team to watch out for.

  • on February 26, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Common Tigers rise to the occasion and beat India . From a Sri Lankan Fan

  • King_Ravanaa on February 26, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Street Level Bowlers of India is the biggest problem for India, against mighty Bangladesh, of course among Afg, Ban and India, Zim, kenya, India got batting strength of sloggers like Dhoni, Dhawan, Kohli, but still find it short when playing against Afg and Ban.. India highly depend on old Dhoni, no one to rescue this time.

  • binu.emiliya on February 26, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Two things noticed in this match One is the telecast , it is showing some strange angle when a bowler delivers the ball we want the treditional way of camera angles Second The indian team is thinking that still they are in NZ, the slip is standing very far from the stumps the fine leg fielder is too square

  • King_Ravanaa on February 26, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    this is gonna be a thriller between two evenly match teams. India is the same caliber as Bangladesh, so surelly it is gonna go to the wire.

    But Afganistan vs India game gonna be the match to watch. i am sure INDIA HAS NO CHANCE against Afgans.. As afgan has far superior bowling and Batting line up.

  • SHEREHIND on February 26, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    I fail to understand this new found formula of Indian captain opting to field evry time after winning the toss.

    What is the reason or logic, though ground conditions and country are different yet every time they choose to field first.

    We were told that in one dayers it is always better to bat first, but here India is doing opposite in last many games.

    Is it because batsmen are fearful of facing the bowling upfront or that batsmen like to chase whatever may be total put up. ANY ANSWERS

  • Water_Bottle on February 26, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    @wapuser.. Good thinking buddy.. i am supporting you.. Samson should replace dhoni as a wicket keeper.. Simply giving chances to non-performers. People are saying that Sehwag didnt peform well in Ranji, then what Rohit, Jadeja, Ashwin doing in Indian team ? Should throw away all of them, should allow them to carry the luggage also..

  • FRpunk on February 26, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Damn it The Middle Order Consisting of Raydu , Rahane and Karthik Makes me Want to go to Sleep . There is just no Fire Power in this Batting Line up . Jadeja would have to Score the Quick Runs at End and the Pressure on Kohli to score a Hundred is even more . kohli has to play as many balls as possible .

  • on February 26, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Please give Shami a break....we need this guy for England tour!!

  • Water_Bottle on February 26, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Poor selection.. As a captain, he should think differently and should not choose the same failing combinations.. Should have picked Binny in the absence of Dhoni and raina, should have picked pujara for middle order stability.. Should throw away ashwin.. My team and order would be - Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Pujara, Rohit, DK, Binny, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Pandey

  • on February 26, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Ashwin's action looks really strange

  • Santyment on February 26, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Pandey would have been better than Varun...much consistent line length bowler who gets good bounce due to height...India will need him against better teams here to win..its really harsh on Pandey...

  • rsmehdihasan on February 26, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    poor start by BD. is it a batting pitch. run rate is not there and also loose wicket has given. If they can score 250+. Kohli can finish the game .Hope for the best

  • BanglaBandhu on February 26, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    That catch of Shamsur was quite funny. For a minute I thought two Indian players were having a fight. It was a classic boxing match, where both threw punches, but one connected harder and knocked down his opponent! LOL ... TYson V Holyfield eat your hear out!

  • manmishr on February 26, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Aaron is a better option than Pandey. We need someone who can bowl yorkers in death overs and come up handy with old ball. I think Aaron is better suited for the job. Pandey would have been ideal if we would want new ball bowlers which is not the case with team India right now.

  • on February 26, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    -We need to have Gambhir and Harbhajan back in, why so many chances are given to Rohit Sharma n Ravindra Jadeja, even Ashiwn has lost his grip over the ball. If you gove so many chances to Sehwag he will surely get his form. Sanju Samson inclusion would be better.

  • on February 26, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Not given chances to new faces in Indian line up...very bad :-(

  • naren1983 on February 26, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    @Wapuser : Samson is playing in U-19 WC. Unfortunately we lost in Quarter-final. Pujara should be in place of Rayudu. Having said weak middle order, how Kohli left Pujara in dug out. This is surprising.

  • on February 26, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Indians making excuses already... guess we're used to that after the tour of NZ

  • on February 26, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    come on Bangladesh you can beat Gothical Indians wishes from srilankans

  • INDSlider on February 26, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Ind are really lucky as Ban don't have their best players Sakib abd Tamim.

  • INDSlider on February 26, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    All the best Bangali boys! You are clearly the favourite.

  • on February 26, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Every. single. comment. Supporters don't support their selected team, they just think they can pick a better one.

  • rizwanay on February 26, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    after a long time anxiously waiting for india vs pakistan contest now bangladesh is suppose to win or fight with india because since last many years they didnt perform like srilinka the players of bangladesh have a huge experience now they should show it.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 26, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Bangladesh should win this.

  • Ani.Indian on February 26, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    This team looks OK but would have loved to see Stuart Binny in the final 11. All the Best Team India!!!

  • on February 26, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    why dn't they include pandey in the squad.....

  • Haleos on February 26, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    Rayudu over Pujara????? Rayudu should not even be anywhere near selection. IPL performance over rewarded.

  • dganger on February 26, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Disappointing team selection. Pujara should have been selected. How long a class batsman will be kept outside and frustrated? Same old thinking of batting 2nd, so not much of a change in thought process from Kohli.

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Why can't we take in Samson instead of dk..

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Why can't we take in Samson instead of dk..

  • dganger on February 26, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Disappointing team selection. Pujara should have been selected. How long a class batsman will be kept outside and frustrated? Same old thinking of batting 2nd, so not much of a change in thought process from Kohli.

  • Haleos on February 26, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    Rayudu over Pujara????? Rayudu should not even be anywhere near selection. IPL performance over rewarded.

  • on February 26, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    why dn't they include pandey in the squad.....

  • Ani.Indian on February 26, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    This team looks OK but would have loved to see Stuart Binny in the final 11. All the Best Team India!!!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 26, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Bangladesh should win this.

  • rizwanay on February 26, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    after a long time anxiously waiting for india vs pakistan contest now bangladesh is suppose to win or fight with india because since last many years they didnt perform like srilinka the players of bangladesh have a huge experience now they should show it.

  • on February 26, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Every. single. comment. Supporters don't support their selected team, they just think they can pick a better one.

  • INDSlider on February 26, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    All the best Bangali boys! You are clearly the favourite.

  • INDSlider on February 26, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Ind are really lucky as Ban don't have their best players Sakib abd Tamim.