Kohli half-century propels India to 164

Virat Kohli plays a shot during his innings of 78 Getty Images

Canterbury: Aug 26, 2011

Virat Kohli slammed a quickfire 78 to help India post a competitive 164 for six against Kent in a rain-curtailed 20-over-a-side practice game.

Kohli started from where he left against Sussex yesterday, and notched up his second half century of the tour in just 52 balls with the help of seven boundaries and three towering sixes.

India’s other half centurion against Sussex, Rohit Sharma gave Kohli good support from the other end with a run-a-ball 30.

The duo shared 69 runs for the fourth wicket off just 48 deliveries to lay the foundation for India’s score, especially after the visitors lost both the openers — Parthiv Patel (1) and Rahul Dravid (15) — cheaply.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin played a good hand down the order with a 12-ball 23, but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina once again failed with the bat.

It was the Doni’s first-ball duck which sent tongues wagging at a packed St Lawrence ground.

Dhoni had just arrived at 132 for four in the 17th over when he slammed his first ball from spinner James Tredwell hard but uppishly at mid-on to take the wind out of Indian innings.

A ball before, Kohli was run out after he was pushed for a non-existent second run by Raina, whose poor form continued as he could score just four before being bowled by Tredwell.

Earlier, torrential rains had reduced the 50-over-a-side match into a Twenty20 fixture.

Sent into bat, India lost openers Parthiv and Dravid with the scoreboard reading 53.

While Parthiv edged one to wicket-keeper Geraint Jones, Dravid offered a difficult catch to Tredwell at mid-on off left-arm pacer Adam Ball.

For Kent, Tredwell turned out to be the pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets for 18 runs. (PTI)

Brief Scores: India 164 for 6 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 78, Rohit Sharma 30; James Tredwell 2 for 18) vs Kent.

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