Virat Kohli has scored his 31st ODI fifty © Getty Images (File Photo)
Virat Kohli has scored his 31st ODI fifty © Getty Images (File Photo)

 

Feb 26, 2014

 

After losing both openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma post a scratchy start, which yieded just 55 runs in 14 overs, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have steadied the Indian chase, crossing the 100-run mark in the 23rd over, in their chase of 280 to win the second match of Asia Cup 2014 at Fatullah. Kohi has also reached his 31st fifty in real quicktime, giving indications that he might be heading towards another hundred in a successful run-chase.

 

After a rather poor performance with the ball, India didn’t start too brightly with the bat as well. Both the Indian openers were stiffled by the Bangladeshi pace duo of Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain. They kept things tight, and didn’t let Dhawan or Rohit to free their arms.

 

Both the batsmen initially found the going very tough as they could manage just 13 off the first six overs. Rubel Hossain and Mashrafe Mortaza delivered back to back maiden overs early on, but then Dhawan hit a few boundaries to break the deadlock. Rohit, on the other hand, seemed troubled or most part of the first 10 overs, before he finally danced down the track to Mortaza in the ninth over for a huge six straight down the ground.

 

But Dhawan’s stay didn’t last long, as he fell to Abdur Razzak in the veteran spinner’s first over. Dhawan could just manage 28 off 44 balls. His dismissal has brought captain Virat Kohli to the centre, who will borne all the Indian hopes of a win in this match.

 

Soon after Dhawan was dismissed, Rohit too lost his wicket off the very next over to Ziaur Rahman, who clean-bowled the Indian opener with an inswinger which jagged back a distance.

 

But since then, it has completely been a Kohli show. He has hit mesmerising shots all around the ground, and has scored against all the bowlers. He took a special liking towards Rubel, when the pacer came for his second spell.

 

Rahane has complemented him well by rotating the strike and ensuring India bring down that required run rate  steadily. Going by the current frame of things, it looks like this match is again going to be defined by a Virat Kohli knock.

 

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