Virat Kohli © Getty Images (File Photo)
Virat Kohli © Getty Images (File Photo)


Jan 22, 2014


Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane steadied India after the early loss of their openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. The pair completed a fifty partnership taking India to 87 for two after 17 overs.


For a moment it seemed like even Virat Kohli was struggling. He twice offered sharp chances when he slapped a ball to Jesse Ryder at short covers and then a bat-pad catch was a tough one for Tim Southee to grab on is follow through.


But most of the tentativeness were dispelled when he bludgeoned a six off Southee over covers in the same over.


Rahane and Kohli eased the pressure by rotating the strike rather than going after the pacers.


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