Kohli century seals India win
January 11, 2010
With India and Sri Lanka having already booked their place in Wednesday's final, Monday's match was of merely academic interest.India first restricted the hosts to 247 for six and then chased down the target with seven overs to spare.
Dinesh Karthik (34) and Gautam Gambhir (41) gave India another brisk 64-run start before Kohli took over to complete the formality in Suresh Raina's (18) company.Kohli's unbeaten 95-ball 102 included 11 hits to the fence.
Batting on 94, Kohli hit back-to-back fours off Shakib Al Hasan to reach his century and score the winning runs.Chasing a modest 248, India got just the kind of start they needed with Karthik and Gambhir finding boundaries at regular intervals.
Karthik sent the first ball of the second powerplay - Abdur Razzak was the bowler - out of the park before perishing caught behind in the next over.As if to take revenge, Gambhir hit Shafiul for three fours on the trot in his next over before Naeem Islam breached his gate.
Kohli carried on from where he left on Sunday against Sri Lanka, mixing caution with aggression as he picked gaps and ran hard for the ones and twos and scoring occasional boundaries to race to his fifty in 47 balls with the help of five fours.
Dhoni, who scored a hundred in their earlier match against the same opponents, played in the same fashion as his junior partner and as India scored at a brisk pace.
The Indian captain, who hit three fours in his 35-ball 32, shared a 68-run stand for the fourth wicket from 75 balls with Kohli and when he was out India needed 47 runs from 13.5 overs.
Kohli and Suresh Raina (18-ball 18) then completed the formalities without any hiccup.For Bangladesh, Naeem was the most successful bowler with figures of two for 35 while Shakib and Shafiul Islam claimed a wicket apiece.
Captain Shakib top-scored with a 96-ball 85 which he made with the help of eight fours and a six while in-form Mohammad Mahmadullah chipped in with an unbeaten 80-ball 64.
Nehra, who came in for Zaheer Khan today, was the most successful Indian bowler with two wickets though he was a tad expensive, conceding 58 runs from his 10 overs.India bled 95 runs in the last 10 overs but later tightened the noose to restrict Bangladesh to 247 for six.
Part-timer Yuvraj Singh (1/33), Sudeep Tyagi (1/24) and S Sreesanth (1/53) also chipped in with good performance for India.