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Dinesh Karthik (right) catches an acrobatic throw during India's match against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2014 at Fatullah on February 26 © AFP

 

Virat Kohli scored his 19th ODI ton in the second match of the Asia Cup 2014 encounter against Bangladesh at Fatullah to ensure India won the match by six wickets. Kohli played a typically brilliant innings in India’s chase of 280, as he guided India towards another successful run chase whilst scoring a marvellous hundred (136).

 

Along with Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane too played a key role in India’s successful chase, after another flop show by the openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. He scored his fourth ODI fifty (73), and looked really stable batting at that No 4 position.

 

Both the batsmen joined at the centre after the Indian openers disappointed yet again, as they failed to give India the ideal start, but India’s No 3 and No 4, Kohli and Rahane turned the tables during the stay in the middle, as they completely deflated the spirit of Bangladeshis who looked lacklustre and tired in the field post the 30-over mark.

 

Earlier in the match, after Kohli had won the toss and elected to bowl first, Bangladesh piled up a modern-dayesque total of 279 for the loss of seven wickets in their quota of 50 overs, riding on a wonderfully paced century by captain, Mushfiqur Rahim and an equally important knock of 77 by opener, Anamul Haque.